YCC Juke Box | Blaine L. Reininger [Nov 2015]

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[pukka_dropcap style=”” txt_color=”White” bg_color=”Black” size=””]T[/pukka_dropcap]he long-awaited Blaine L. Reininger finally came to perform to his fans based in Hong Kong, at Focal Fair in Causeway Bay on the evening of 22 October. Tuxedomoon is one of my favourite bands. As one of their die-hard fans, I was over the moon to have seen them on stage. It’s been my lifelong dream to see Tuxedomoon’s lead Blaine L. Reininger performing. Not only that, I was extremely honoured to be DJ-ing as their supporting act, providing me with more time to chat with them.

In this tour, Reininger partnered and performed with Georgio Valentino as a duo. Georgio is Belgian and is an individual music artist and guitarist. Blaine wore three hats during the performance – a violinist, a guitarist as well as a vocal whereas Georgio focused on playing the guitar.

The performance kicks off with Blaine’s violin track ‘Viloas’, followed closely by a collection of his masterpieces including ‘Night Air’, ‘A Café Au Lait For Mr. Mxyzptlk’, ‘Mystery and Confusion’ and ‘Broken Fingers’. Of course he also played his recent hit ‘Noche Lluviosa’ and some tracks from the golden Tuxedomoon time such as ‘Jinx’, ‘Birthday Song’ (he also nailed this in his solo version), ‘Volo Vivace’, ‘What Use?’ and ‘No Tears’. Having listened to Tuxedomoon and Blaine Reininger for years, I cannot explain how excited I was seeing them play right in front of me. Blaine then gave the stage to Georgio where he showed off as the solo vocalist.

Blaine played another solo classic ‘Japanese Dream’ during the encore session – and he touched everyone with his own singing and violin playing over Giorgio’s guitar.

It was a shame that Blaine did not play ‘Petite Pièce Chinoise’ (1982). The song has a beautiful Chinese tint to it that probably would have resonated well with the audience. In response to my question whether he would perform this song the night before, he jokingly said that he had decided to perform ‘Kung Hei Fat Choy’ instead.

I wouldn’t say the show was exceptionally good, after all, it was a huge waste for such master musician to have to rely on backing track for a live performance. Apart from that, it was great meeting him.