By Matt Paco
New Zealand rocker Ladyhawke may sing about Paris burning, but on Wednesday it was New York City that was on fire. At the headliner of the “Perez Hilton Presents” concert at the Fillmore at Irving Plaza, Ladyhawke was well-worth her witching-hour performance, featuring crowd-friendly renditions of “Back of the Van” and “My Delirium.” Unfortunately, fellow co-headliner Ida Maria was a no-show because of illness. No matter. The two surprises Hilton pulled out of his sleeve certainly made up for it.
“I’m marveling that I was able to pull it off, because I’ve never put on a tour before,” Hilton told MTV News. “The reason why I’m doing the tour, the reason I have a record label, the reason why I write about music on my Web site is because I think music lovers like sharing good music with other music lovers.”
Hilton opened his show with pop-rocker Frankmusik, a synth-obsessive from London who instantly captured the crowd’s attention with his energetic antics and catchy ’80s-inspired tracks like “Gotta Boyfriend” and “Time Will Tell.”
“I was lucky enough to be one of the people [Perez] brought over. It’s really great for me, because it’s my first time in the East Coast,” said Frankmusik.
Last-minute surprise act Little Boots hit the stage sans her band mates (they were stuck across town) and performed solo with only a piano to accompany her. She thanked Hilton with a run through a haunting cover of Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill” and was followed by another surprise in Kat DeLuna, whose high-octane hip-swirling show made the walls sweat.
Self-proclaimed “filthy party band” Semi Precious Weapons killed it. “This is rock and roll — pull your f—ing tits out!” beckoned frontman Justin Tranter, who gave fierce face, body and voice to tracks like “Put a Diamond in It” and “Sticky With Champagne.” Traipsing from the stage to the elevated platform and back and doing reverse pull-ups with the crowd below, Tranter summed up the evening: “This show proved two things tonight. One: rock and roll is not dead. Two: New York is not dead.”