Ezra Furman: 02 Ritz, Manchester – live photo review

Ezra Furman © Melanie Smith

Ezra Furman | Delmore Huggs & his Deep Texan Fantasy
October 27th 2016
02 Ritz, Manchester

Louder Than War photographer Melanie Smith caught the exciting Chicago singer/songwriter / musician Ezra Furman with his band the Boyfriends in Manchester’s 02 Ritz, performing to a very welcoming crowd. 

Ezra Furman © Melanie SmithLast November I witnessed my very first Ezra show, when he played across the road at the smaller venue Gorilla, where he blew everyone away with his feverishly, thrilling performance (read the review here). Before the arrival of Ezra we witnessed his support act, which I could find no information about prior to the show. I had a little interaction with Ezra on Twitter where he told me this “Delmore has been anti-Internet since pre-internet. He’s also barely played any “professional” live shows. He rules“.

Ezra is generally to be found on stage proudly sporting a dress and make up – in a brilliant twist he also appeared as his own support act, in the guise of the mellow tones of Delmore Huggs & his Deep Texan Fantasy.

Delmore Huggs + his Deep Texan Fantasy© Melanie Smith

He has a vulnerability, which is most endearing, also the real heart of a rock n roll performer, but with a difference. The songs are a mixture of fiery, passionate and tender, this guy really fires up the crowd tonight with a stunning show, which consists of 21 songs in his setlist. Even tripping up on stage doesn’t phase him, and he manages to look cool as he perches on a speaker. If he doesn’t make it to bigger venues then there is something seriously wrong with the music business, he deserves to be a real superstar. It’s certainly one of my favourite gigs of the year!

Ezra Furman © Melanie Smith

Ezra Furman © Melanie Smith

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Ezra can be found on Facebook, Twitter and his website is here.

Photos by Melanie Smith. More work by Mel on Louder Than War can be found at her author’s archive. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter. Photography portfolio can be found here and Flickr

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