Amanda Palmer, lead singer of Dresden Dolls, has just posted on social media that she has played her first show since quarantine. This was a neighborhood show that Palmer hosted for a small group of neighbors. Palmer’s show was very small and took place in New Zealand where she has been residing with her four year old son Ash.
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i wanted to lick the stage. it may not seem like a special picture – there’s so many like this from my gazillions of years of touring. but this night was one for the books and transformed me back into my working stage self. this is what i do. to play in a small cozy room of 50 local kiwis, and also to be able to thank these people in person for their unbelievable kindness as i’ve fallen into the net of their tiny community – this is a moment i will never forget. it was heaven. thank you to everyone who came. this gif wasn’t announced on socials or even to the mailing list. i only told patrons. and the locals from jamie’s incredible mailing list. it felt like family. this, forever, please. SETLIST: creep in my mind the thing about things behind the wall black boys on mopeds runs in the family coin-operated boy reading from “the art of asking” a mother’s confession vegemite drowning in the sound the new zealand trilogy: new zealand hello aotearoa (new untitled song) ukulele anthem photo: @xantheahere, who gave me her highest xanthea-style compliment on the new song.: ”how dare you?”
Amanda Palmer started her set off with the infamous “Creep,” and continued her set with songs like “The Thing About Things,” “In My Mind” and “The New Zealand Trilogy” which included “New Zealand” “Hello Aotearoa” and “Ukelele Anthem.”
New Zealand has gotten their handle on the Coronavirus which is why Palmer was able to hold a small local show for residents. New Zealand currently has 1,530 confirmed cases, 1,490 recovered cases, 22 deaths, and 18 currently active cases, with one in the hospital.
Back in May Palmer posted on her social media that she would be collaborating with her other half, Brian Viglione, of the Dresden Dolls to record new music and tour next year. Like many artists the plans have since been put on hold due to COVID.
Palmer also joined other artists like Kasey Musgraves and Skrillex in June for Blackout Tuesday to stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. She announced that she was planning to stay off of her social media and Patreon page for blackout Tuesday for the BLM movement.
There have also been recent reports about a split between Amanda Palmer and her husband Neil Gaiman. The Dresden Dolls singer posted about the split herself on her Patreon page saying that, “Neil has left for the U.K. I’m still in lockdown here in New Zealand with 4-yr-old ash for the foreseeable future. All i can say is that I’m heartbroken, I really am profoundly struggling and I need to call my community to me like never before. I need you.”
Gaiman confirmed later that he had done something to hurt Palmer’s feelings, but neither party wants to share more than the bare minimum of information for the well being of their four year old son Ash. The split was confirmed but Gaiman reassured the public that they are not getting a divorce. They are simply self isolating separately.
in my mind
the thing about things
behind the wall
black boys on mopeds
runs in the family
reading from “the art of asking”
a mother’s confession
drowning in the sound
the new zealand trilogy:
(new untitled song)
Photo Credit: Raymond Flotat