Back on May 30, 2010, I finally had an opportunity to see one of my favorite artists from the 80s: the incomparable Lizzy Borden. Lizzy and Co. played a show at Club Hell in Providence, Rhode Island and the performance the band delivered was worth the wait. The songs, the musicianship and the stage show all impressed, and I left tired (at 2:00 a.m. with an 1.5 hour drive home ahead of me) but happy that I made the trip down for the show.
The show itself was poorly attended, probably due to the fact that it was on a Sunday night during a holiday weekend. At the most, I would say there were 100 people present for Lizzy's performance. However, what impressed me most about the band was their level of professionalism.
I play in a local band, and over the past few years, have played to my fair share of empty rooms and I can say firsthand that it is tough for the band to keep the energy up when the crowd is thin. I am certainly guilty of "phoning it in" on nights like these. Despite the fact that the club was not even 1/4 full, Lizzy and crew put full effort into their set. The show was not compromised in the least, as we got the costumes, theatrics, blood and scantily clad "victims." Basically, it was an over-the-top show that met all expectations that I had walking in the door that night.
Perhaps this is the reason why Lizzy Borden is a national recording act and I am just in a local band (and it may have something to do with the difference in levels of talent as well...), but nonetheless, I give all of the credit in the world to that band and know that if I ever have the opportunity to see them live again, there is not a chance that I would miss that show.