Published: December 3, 2004 (Issue # 1026)
A concert by Franz Ferdinand has been finally confirmed by the band, according to the local promoter Svetlaya Muzyka. Britain's latest rock and roll sensation will perform in the city on May 28. However, the location has yet to be chosen.
Once-hot British group The Brand New Heavies are to perform at the Pribaltiiskaya Hotel. The pioneering acid-jazz band will arrive with new vocalist Nicole Ausso and a new album, "All About the Funk." The band was formed by guitarist Simon Bartholomew, bassist Andrew Levy and drummer Jan Kincaid as an instrumental band in London way back in 1985.
Of home-grown bands, Auktsyon at PORT on Friday, Pep-See at Moloko and Dva Samaliota on Saturday and Kacheli at Rossi's on Sunday may deserve attention.
Dva Samaliota will re-release its "secret" album, "Poo," to a wider audience. Originally recorded with the band's late singer and guitarist Vladik Pokrovsky in 2002, it failed to be released because of a condition in the contract with Dva Samaliota's former, Moscow-based management company. According to Mikhail Sindalovsky, the band will launch "Poo" at the Griboyedov club on Dec. 24. The band, which criticized its former company overproducing its most recent album, "Ka-Ra-Bas," is also planning to start recording its next CD soon.
Tequilajazzz has been advertized to perform at the unlikely location of the cabaret venue Gigant Hall, also known as Casino Conti, but will not appear, said the band's frontman Zhenya Fyodorov. Even if Tequilajazzz's name appears on the street posters for the concert, the band is planning to leave for Murmansk on that very day, where it plays on Saturday.
Tequilajazzz recently performed at Moloko club's anniversary concert, but has no immediate plans to play in St. Petersburg, Fyodorov said.
Meanwhile, Fyodorov's new project, The Optymistica Orchestra, with members of Leningrad, Markscheider Kunst and Akvarium's former cello player Seva Gakkel recorded its debut album late last month. It is expected to be released in February. The Optymistica Orchestra will perform at Moscow's 16 Tons on Dec. 11, but no local dates have been scheduled.
Alexei Khvostenko, the Paris-based emigre painter, poet and singer/songwriter, died of a heart condition in Moscow on Tuesday. Nicknamed "Khvost," (Tail) he was best-known among Russian rock fans for co-writing the song "Rai" (Paradise) which was covered by Akvarium as "Pod Nebom Golubym" (Under the Blue Skies) in the 1980s as well as for his collaborations with the local band Auktsyon. Khvostenko has been living in France since 1977. He was 64.
Last week's column contained an error. As an anonymous reader pointed out via email, what is printed on the front cover of Rammstein's most recent album is not the record's title. In reality it is called "Reise, Reise." Its stadium concert last week drew a motley crowd of students, technical intelligentsia, Zenit Football Club fans and skinheads.
- By Sergey Chernov