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Plain White T’s
Roosevelt Field Mall Garden City

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think we’re alone now, there doesn’t seem to be anyone around. An intimate sentiment, sung to hundreds of adoring teenagers in the late 1980s. Erstwhile “Queen of the Mallrats” and teen idol Tiffany’s cover of the 1967 hit by Tommy James & The Shondells was popularized amidst fitting rooms and food courts at malls across America. Though Tiffany pioneered the mall tour, the approach has since been repeated, now by the of-the-moment band The Plain White T’s. Appearing as part of Simon D Tour’s summer concert series, the PWT’s took the stage for a crowd of screaming tweens at Roosevelt Fields Mall. After a four-hour wait, the band took the stage, introduced by the hunky stars of the new ABC Family teen drama, Greek. Giving a strong performance, the band played songs from their first major label album, Every Second Counts, singing about the perils of young love, rejection and love’s scorn. Though their set only lasted a half-hour it was crammed full of energized pop/rock songs. With power packed, simplistic harmonies, the band bounced along to the music while lead singer Tom Higgenson jumped around holding the microphone above his head like a trophy. After the fan favorite “Hate (I Really Don’t Like You),” most of the band exited the stage, leaving

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behind Higgenson and his acoustic guitar. Announcing simply, “This song is about a girl from New York City,” he launched into a quiet, acoustic personal confession “Hey There Delilah.” The summer hit is dominating the airwaves and climbing the charts, currently the number two single in the country. Knowing every word, the audience sang along, and Higgenson solidified their affections capella: “Here’s to you. This one’s for you,” pointing towards the sea of braces. Thanking the audience, the band took the stage again to play one more perfectly arranged pop song (“Take Me Away”). The PWT’s, just as Tiffany before them, proved that intimate confessions are best suited for a public setting. – Laurie Kamens

Floyd’s “Knock On Wood.” Paul Simon’s jumpy “Kodachrome” brought those with energy to burn to the dance floor, as did Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs’ garage-rock treasure “Wooly Bully.” And when the band asked those in attendance to add percussion to “Stuck In The Middle” by Steelers Wheel, super fans dubbed the “Chillerettes” happily obliged by clapping along. Chiller remained tight throughout the set and showed no signs of slowing down. They channeled The Who’s grittiness on their rendition of “Squeeze Box,” and deftly replaced the organ solo on The Doors’ “Love Her Madly” with some innovative guitar additions. They even tackled the simple yet decepPhoto by Louis Abbatepaolo

Zebra Club Copiague
“They don’t write ‘em like that anymore,” the enduring line from The Greg Kihn Band’s “The Breakup Song,” was echoed by Chiller during their performance at The Zebra Club. Playing immortal classic rock songs from the 60s, 70s and 80s, Chiller dismissed the clichéd notion that rock Photo by Louis Abbatepaolo is dead by breathing life into favorites from The Beatles, The Who, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and pretty much every other artist inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Zebra Club, the unpretentious and intimate tively tricky vocals harmonies of The Beatles when night spot, was a perfect backdrop for Chiller. Local they played a jaunty version of “I Saw Her Standing friends met up to enjoy the soundtrack of their lives, There.” even if they had heard these songs a hundred times With the recent, unexpected resurrection of before. Chiller enthusiastically kept the audience WCBS-FM and bands like Chiller proudly carrying entertained by playing many crowd pleasers. Joined the banner for classic rock, maybe, just maybe, as for much of the set by a guest tambourine player, Neil Young so famously sang, “rock and roll will the foursome pumped out The Beatles’ “Day never die.” We can only hope. Tripper,” Van Morrison’s “Wild Night,” and Eddie – Jessica Watz