Siouxsie Sioux Live in Los Angeles, Henry Fonda Theater, Februrary 16, 2008
While other bands from the seventies were reuniting last year, music pioneer Siouxsie Sioux struck out on her own and released her first solo album. And while these other bands are just getting older, Siouxsie, now 50, keeps looking better and better. Goth rock faithfuls, punk historicists, and even 80’s aficionados were treated to two shows by the legendary performer at Hollywood’s Henry Fonda theater. To this fan, Saturday night’s performance seemed even more energetic than her show back in ’02 at Sunset’s House of Blues, then with the Banshees. This was due in no small part by the fantastic energy contained on her album, Mantaray, which has at least three instant Siouxie classics: “Into a Swan,” “One Mile Below,” and “They Follow You.” During the second encore, the lights came on revealing a packed audience, and Siouxsie asked if there were any requests. She then chose to sing “Cish Cash,” a song she co-wrote for the Basement Jaxx and, perhaps more than any other collaborations, gave the impetus for her own album.