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Saturday’s sold out show at the Black Cat Backstage was the last night of Ted Leo‘s current solo tour, and Leo seemed downright giddy. Leo regaled the audience with Paul Stanley quotes about concert participation, name-checked all of the cool bands who had opened for him this tour, led the crowd in an enthusiastic acoustic guitar-led singalong, and covered “Fisherman’s Blues” by The Waterboys in the encore.
By the way, if you’d heard the rumor that Ted Leo was supposed to join Neko Case as her special guest at her Friday Black Cat show, you heard correct, though Leo didn’t make it. “We’d been talking about it via Twitter,” he told me Saturday, “but my show ran late.” (Leo had played Fredricksburg, Va., that night.)
And, thanks to seeing the opening act, I discovered a new great musical find not once, but twice this weekend. Boston-based singer-songwriter Drew O’Doherty, who’d played guitar in The Ivory Coast as well as in Leo’s Pharmacists for a spell, kicked off the evening. O’Doherty’s track “You’ll Believe a Man Can Fly,” which was on the benefit record for J. Robbins‘s son, For Callum is a must-hear.
(More photos from both sets can be found here.)