Tuesday, April 04, 2006


Jack's Mannequin @ Irving Plaza

Something Corporate's lead singer/pianist Andrew McMahon has been out of action since being stricken with lymphatic leukemia in May, 2005. He had a bone marrow transplant in August and while recuperating formed a new band, Jack's Mannequin, which performed to a sold-out house of affectionate, mostly teenaged girl fans in New York last night.

McMahon plays piano-pop, an acquired taste at best. He's no Elton John, Bily Joel or even Ben Folds. But the girls love him and chanted "Andrew, Andrew!" often during his band's 70-minute, 14-song set. The quartet performed all of the songs from the Everything in Transit album (the crowd sang along to each and every one of them) and encored with a couple of covers - the Everly Brothers' "Dream" and Tom Petty's "American Girl."

I met Andrew a few years ago when he came by the High Times office for a visit. We did an interview - during which he spoke at length about his love of marijuana - and took photos, though he declined to smoke on camera (probably didn't want to upset his teenaged fan base). I hear he's no longer smoking, but has a prescription for the synthetic THC pill, Marinol.

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