The year was 2014. The place was the lobby of the Michelberger Hotel in Berlin. Damien Rice reunited with drummer Earl Harvin for an amazing, intimate show. This is how I wish live music could be every time. A small venue featuring a big voice that just exudes heart. I’ve been in a real Damien Rice place recently and this is just everything that I love about his music. It’s emotional, draws you in, makes you want to sing along and feel all the terrific feels that come along with it.
Highlights for me are:
- He opens with Delicate, one of my favorite songs, about a secret & confusing love affair
- At around the 5:20 mark, he takes off on fan favorite Volcano. He pulls the crowd in about five minutes in to help him sing along “Just for the fuck of it,” as he says. You’ll be singing along, too. And then he just goes off. Whole song comes in at about 8 1/2 minutes.
- 23:30 in, he plays my new favorite song of his, I Don’t Want to Change You. This is the one that really makes me wish I had been in that small audience.
- And finally, he closes with newish track Trusty and True. This is a very Irish song and is the perfect cap on the end of Damien’s show.
- Special note: He does revisit his historically popular cover of Prince’s Kiss. It’s fun, but pales in comparison to his original stuff.
Without further ado, here’s Damien Rice at the Michelberger Hotel lobby in Berlin.
And if you did get caught up like I did, here’s a bonus feature. Try this version of Trusty and True from a show in Amsterdam. Damien partners with the award-winning Dekoor Close Harmony choir. The results are amazing.