Amanda Palmer at the Fillmore

Amanda Palmer visited San Francisco on her kickstarter VIP tour last summer.

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Amanda Palmer brought back the Grand Theft Orchestra for a night at the Fillmore, Wednesday, September 26.
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Amanda Palmer brought back the Grand Theft Orchestra for a night at the Fillmore, Wednesday, September 26.
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The show started with over a dozen people onstage, with a horn and string section plucked from the Bay Area (most of the same musicians who played with Palmer at Public Works in July.)
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Amanda Palmer spent a little over half the show behind the keyboard.
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Images of people and things flashed on the screen behind the band as the set was getting underway, including Marco Cochrane's Bliss Dance sculpture, now residing at the Great Lawn on Treasure Island. Palmer's website asked for people to send in images to be shown at the shows.
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Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra have four more US dates before heading to Europe.
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For the Dresden Dolls cover Missed Me, the Grand Theft Orchestra members switched instruments, multiple times! First, with Palmer on bass.
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Grand Theft all mixed up for Miss Me. It was great to get to hear a Dresden Dolls song, sung by Palmer, with guitar and bass.
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Then, later in the song it was Palmer on drums.
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Back to battle stations.
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Palmer seemed to be having a great time, in a city which seems to really love her, and I think the feeling might be mutual.
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There were still tickets available at the door, but the Fillmore did appear to be pretty full, and they did hand out posters at the end, which I've heard only happens at sellout shows.
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The most somber part of the night was when Amanda Palmer's husband Neil Gaiman took the stage with a box that had been filled that night with stories of traumatic things that had happened in people's bedrooms.
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The heart-wrenching stories quickly silenced most of the people shouting out random things. It was interesting to have sobering moment of reflection in the middle of the show. Palmer later tweeted that she forgot to play the song that was supposed to follow this.
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Gaiman then sang You Think I'm Psycho Don't you Mama, a song that he had sung at the kickstarter Art Show in July at Public Works in SF, with Palmer on ukulele.
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Amanda Palmer is a master of social media, but some my be surprised to see that her 683,000 twitter followers are dwarfed by her husbands 1.7 million followers. Perhaps Twitter favors authors over musicians.
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There was a bit of a dust up at the start of this tour with people complaining about Amanda Palmer not offering to pay the local musicians playing each gig, after getting over a million dollars on Kickstarter (of which she very astutely showed how she won't actually "get" most of that money). Unwoman, the cellist just to the left of Palmer, wrote a great blog entry for SF Weekly about her take on the matter: http://bit.ly/NTT4jY
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Perhaps the most exciting part of the night started with Amanda Palmer on stage with a dress that looked like it had a long train/tail on it.
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Palmer then dove onto the top of the audience and it was reveled that the bottom of her dress resembled more of a parachute than a train/tail.
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As Palmer surfed across the hands of her fans, a sheer fabric covered the people standing on the floor. It was awesome!
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Amanda Palmer is the type of artist I will see every chance I get, because of things like this, that really are a one-time thing. Either go to the show and see something fun, cool, wonderful, inspiring, moving, enlightening, or stay home and miss out.
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Palmer crowd-surfed a giant circle around the audience on the floor, covering at least two thirds of the people.
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Victory!
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Palmer, continually connecting with her fans/friends/followers.
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During the show, at the merch table, a cellophane sheet was there with markers for fans to write stuff on. Towards the end of the show, the words and images were then projected onto the screen during a song.
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Amanda Palmer under one of the beautiful chandeliers hanging at The Fillmore.
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Palmer's new album, "Theater Is Evil" came out on September 11th, 2012. There are a bunch of terrific songs on it.
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Amanda Palmer at the Fillmore.
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September 26 is Unwoman's birthday, so the audience sang her Happy Birthday, and at the end of the show, she and the other string players danced at the front of the stage. She's the one with the white feather in her hair.
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Ladies danced at the end of the Public Works show as well, which is always fun to see.
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Soaking it in. Amanda Palmer's assistant SuperKate high-five'd people in the front row, between jumping around and dancing.
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Palmer soaks in the love from the fans.
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Grand Theft Orchestra, horns and string players from the Bay Area, and Amanda Palmer take a bow.
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But Palmer wasn't done yet.
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One last stage dive before calling it a night.
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Then Amanda brought up a woman who handles the merch on tour, who's birthday also falls on September 26. Palmer found out that something the birthday girl had always wanted to do was to stage dive and crowd surf, so after blowing out the candles...
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...it was into the audience for her!
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Singer Amanda Palmer and husband, author Neil Gaiman, addressed a crowd at Public Works in San Francisco in July of 2012 at one of Palmer's kickstarter V.I.P. Art shows. Gaiman was talking about the announcement that had just happened at Comicon about new work on The Sandman comic books.
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Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra played the intimate show in the middle of the audience of about 300 people.
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Palmer used a knife and sharpener as a percussion instrument. Super cool!
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Kickstarter investors soaking it all in.
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Palmer played the Fillmore in San Francisco on Wednesday, September 26.
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Neil Gaiman also announced a special 4 p.m. free signing and performance of Amanda Palmer at Amoeba in SF before the Fillmore gig.
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The day after the Art Show, was the Rock Show, open to the public, with most of the Art Show attendees also there rocking out for a second night.
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Amanda Palmer talking to NBC Bay Area for a tv story about social media and using it to your advantage as an artist. To watch the story, look here: http://bit.ly/O8LmOB
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Palmer brought more than 30 different original works of art, inspired by songs off the new album "Theater Is Evil," with her to display for the kickstarter investor art party.
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Amanda Palmer & Neil Gaiman's "Instructions," marker on drum machine manual.
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Amanda Palmer's "The Bed Song," sharpie marker on ripped bed sheet (bottom).
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200 prints of Vladimir Zimikov's poster were given away at an art talk the day after the second show.
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Hans Rickheit's Portrait of Amanda Palmer, pencil & ink drawing with digital enhancements.
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Bringing a bunch of original works of art with you on tour can't be easy, but the effort was much appreciated for such a cool, unique, enhanced experience to the typical concert.
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There is now a book for sale on Palmer's website that you can buy that has copies of all of the pieces from the show.
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Cynthia Von Buhler's piece inspired by "The Living Room" song is an oil painting on canvas with a wood frame... and a working theremin! Yes, run your finger near the small of Amanda's back and you can play music. Super cool!
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More works from the Art Show.
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Checking out the art.
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Portraits of Amanda Palmer
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Shepard Fairey, of Obey and Obama Hope fame, did this piece for the art tour and book.
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Palmer used kickstarter to help raise over one-million-dollars to fund her new album, Theatre Is Evil.
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At one point in the show, all of the band members in the Grand Theft Orchestra switched instruments. Palmer took up the bass for this song.
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Wonder if Palmer has any interest in acting?
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The band then switched again, this time Palmer was on drums.
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Grand Theft Orchestra, with Amanda Palmer on drums.
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Amanda Palmer played two shows at Public Works in SF on her kickstarter victory lap.
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Amanda Palmer played two shows at Public Works in SF on her kickstarter victory lap.
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Amanda Palmer played two shows at Public Works in SF on her kickstarter victory lap.
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Amanda Palmer played two shows at Public Works in SF on her kickstarter victory lap.
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At the Rock Show, Palmer and The Grand Theft Orchestra was joined by a horn section towards the end of the show.
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Amanda Palmer played two shows at Public Works in SF on her kickstarter victory lap.
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Palmer and her horn section at Public Works in SF.
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A rare moment for behind-the-scenes-gal (and future San Franciscan, right?) SuperKate, Palmer's assistant, to take the spotlight.
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The stage was then filled with a number of beautiful ladies who smiled and danced through the last song of the night, soaking in the lime light.
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Amanda Palmer played two shows at Public Works in SF on her kickstarter victory lap.
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Palmer then emerged from the keyboard and...
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...got up close and personal with her fans.
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Set list from the Rock Show.
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Not sure when Amanda Palmer will be back in the Bay Area, but if you will be in New York City on New Year's Eve, she and the Grand Theft Orchestra will be bringing in the New Year.
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