CHRISTOPHER OWENS at Virgin Mobile Mod Club, Friday, January 18. Rating: NNN
If you ever saw Christopher Owens play live with his old band Girls, and if you've read any reviews of his gigs on his current solo tour, there were no surprises to be had at Virgin Mobile Mod Club Friday night.
As during his days with Girls, Owens barely acknowledges the crowd, and comes across as extremely introverted onstage. It's unfortunate, as his fans clearly want to make a deeper connection with him, but this is who he is. Hopefully someday he'll get dragged to see Bruce Springsteen playing with the E Street band and discover his inner extrovert.
If you were hoping to hear Girls songs, you were out of luck. As has been his solo routine so far, Owens and his band reproduce his Lysandre album pretty much note-for-note, and then return to the stage to play an encore of covers. While it's interesting to hear him tackle songs like Cat Stevens's Wild World, Owens needs to bring more to his live performances if we're expected to keep coming out. Sure, he sounded great, but that's not enough.