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- Posted on Jan 24th 2010 1:30PM by Jessica Robertson
It had been 6 months since SPW were home, and, as Tranter recalled, four years since the band first shared a bill with Lady Gaga. "It was 50 blocks south of here and there were 12 people," he said. "We're just really f---ing happy you aren't 12 people."
Tranter, a 6-foot-tall Ziggy Stardust meets Rocky Horror caricature, strutted onstage dressed in only fishnets, stripper boots and a mesh tank, screaming his now infamous cheeky line: "I can't pay my rent but I'm f---ing gorgeous." His oversure lyrics and banter were bolstered by a short but no less impactful and raunchy set of riff-heavy glam rock, including songs 'Magnetic Baby,' 'Put a Diamond In It' and 'Sticky With Champagne.' The latter found Tranter popping a bottle onstage, replete with his own picture on the packaging ("because why the f--- not," he asserted). He then called for all those in want of the bubbly to approach the stage.
"We got in trouble a couple of nights ago because I fed champagne to minors," Tranter said. When an audience member was hesitant to take a swig, Tranter made one demand: "New York, I know there's a lot of rules here but have some fun. It's rock 'n' roll so get your tits out!" With that, Tranter had at least 10 eager mouths at his feet.
A couple of nipple flashes, crotch grabs and curtsies later, Tranter stripped to his skivvies for an onstage costume change (opting for Marilyn Monroe tights, silver glitter boots and a grey tank, natch) which would carry the band -- who just released their self-titled EP -- through the set. But not without one parting wish: "We are Semi Precious Weapons and tonight, we hope that you get laid."
Unabashedly inappropriate but wholly rock 'n' roll. Just as it should be.