The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Gagarin 205, Athens, Greece (19 September 2003)

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion show at Gagarin 205, Athens, Greece on 19 September 2003.

“«Blues is a wonderful language. Personally, I’m trying to interpret the form – comprehend it. It’s a significant musical form because it lies within all of us. The blues really can change the world,» Spencer, the act’s frontman, responded in a telephone interview when asked to comment on his perception of the blues. The musical press has hailed the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion as a rock’n’roll reformist, while other innovative colleagues have collaborated with the act. Beck guested on the band’s third album, 1994’s «Orange,» while Mike D of the Beastie Boys and Moby have also joined the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion for work in the studio. Reformist tag «I don’t know whether I’m a reformist in blues and rock. I’ll accept this as flattery, but, actually, I do remain faithful. With the Blues Explosion, we’re trying to carry on the tradition,» said Spencer. His group first performed in Greece several years ago at the Rodon Club and left the audience spellbound. Spencer says the stage is the most natural setting for him. He described performing as an interactive, battery-charging experience. «I feel far more comfortable on stage than I do in the studio or any place else,» said Spencer. «It’s satisfying, you’ve got the audience there in front of you. You get to understand how it reacts. The audience feeds you with energy and you give back in return. We’re a live band seeking communication.» ” – Segment from “Blues Retold in Explosive New Chapter” show preview feature by Yiannis Kolovos.

“Αν είναι για ένα πράγμα γνωστοί οι Blues Explosion, περισσότερο από οτιδήποτε άλλο, είναι οι ζωντανές εμφανίσεις τους. Εκπληκτικοί μουσικοί, που παίζουν σαν να εξαρτάται η ζωή τους από το βρώμικο blues, με ένα frontman, τον χαρισματικό Jon Spencer να κουνάει τους γοφούς του, ως άλλο Elvis και να καίει καρδιές.

«Δεν υπάρχει καλύτερο πράγμα από το παίζεις live! Φοβερό συναίσθημα! Είναι το σπουδαιότερο κομμάτι αυτού που κάνουμε, δεν υπάρχει αμφιβολία. Και το να ηχογραφείς στο studio είναι ωραίο, αλλά το καλύτερο είναι να βλέπεις ότι αυτά που δούλεψες στο studio, περνάνε στον κόσμο, και ότι οι φίλοι μας περνάνε καλά μαζί μας.»” – Segment from Russell Simins interview / show preview from