Before I begin my review of the actual concert, I would like to say it was pouring that night. I stood outside in the absolute pouring rain for over an hour until the doors opened (at 7 PM, the supposed concert start time) to the point where my coat was soaked through (but thankfully not my awesome OG Ninja Sex Party T-shirt.) My sneakers didn’t dry for over two days. That was not pleasant. And security made me throw out my umbrella at the door. Thankfully, it was a cheap ass one I got at Five Below. I’m so glad I wore contacts that night.
Both Danny Sexbang and Ninja Brian are originally from New Jersey. But until October 11th, 2018, Ninja Sex Party had not performed there. True, this is only the band’s second tour. But it was worth the wait. Due to working the night shift last year, I stupidly missed NSP’s Rock Hard 2017 tour. I resolved not to miss them the next time around. When the tour was announced, there was all of one tour date on the East Coast: Sayreville, NJ at the Starland Ballroom. They’ve since added tour dates in NYC and Boston, but let’s keep going.
It was an absolutely fantastic show, as you could probably tell from the subheading to this article. In what was a major surprise to me, NSP had two opening acts. One was expected. Tupper Ware Remix Party is NSP’s backing band after all. But Planet Booty, an essentially unknown band from Oakland with less than 3,000 subscribers on YouTube as of this writing, opened the night. Their style seems to be funk with overtly sexual lyrics but also an extreme amount of body positivity. That’s a strange duality, for sure. They also have a mannequin booty adorned with whatever the outside of a disco ball is made of. The lead singer would raise it every so often. They’re weird, but that is par for the course. My only exposure to this band was their featured artist track off of TWRP’s last album, Together Through Time. They sang three songs that I didn’t dig very much at the time (mostly because I just wanted Danny to come on stage,) but I have since mellowed on them.
Tupper Ware Remix Party, consisting of Doctor Sung, Commander Meouch, Lord Phobos, and Havve Hogan (that’s just awesome,) came onto stage and sang about seven original songs, all of which I was familiar with, and, randomly, a cover of “Celebration” by Kool & the Gang. They have not released that song on an album, so points for surprising me. Finishing off with “Pale Blue Dot,” TWRP welcomed Danny and Brian on stage to join them to a small bit of “NSP Theme Song” after a strange shadowy dinosaur video clip (I’ll come back to that later.)
After a well-received “How’s it goin’, dudes?”, NSP sang ten total songs. “Cool Patrol,” “The No Pants Dance,” “Unicorn Wizard,” “Orgy for One,” “Dinosaur Laser Fight,” “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record),” “Heart Boner (Part II of the Boner Trilogy),” “Danny Don’t You Know,” “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” and “The Hit.” I would have enjoyed their cover of “Africa” by Toto considering the deluge I (and thousands of other fans) endured, but I guess it wasn’t on the set list.
A few songs into the concert, the weird shadowy dinosaur came back. An evil laser dinosaur. From space. He had come to end the concert for being too awesome. In an animated video clip, Danny Sexbang (who ran off stage for this portion of the program) runs from countless laser dinosaur robots while Ninja Brian and TWRP play a pretty epic instrumental. This somehow kills all the laser dinosaur robots via explosion except a Danny Sexbang-colored laser stegosaurus robot. Which Danny then rides (it is his favorite dinosaur.) Danny then returns to stage while a man dressed in an intentionally crappy mascot costume of the bad guy follows and is eventually defeated by luscious jams. And gets a kick in the nuts from Ninja Brian. You know, for good measure. This whole affair was definitely not something I was expecting.
The only thing that could have made the concert better (other than maybe everybody not singing along the whole time) would have been a song off the next cover album. The track list for which has already been released. NSP did this on their last concert for their last cover album, but it wasn’t a deal breaker.
Ninja Sex Party is, without question, one of my top three favorite bands. Furthermore, Danny Sexbang is one of the greatest singers of all time. This was the best rock concert I’ve ever been to, although I technically really haven’t been to that many (although I have seen “Weird Al” Yankovic thrice in concert.) It was truly spectacular being surrounded by thousands of other people who dig this independent band that sings mostly about dicks. Hats off to you guys for a wonderful show.
Some light housekeeping: I will be doing an omnibus for 2017 because I still owe y’all a review of that year at large. I will follow it up with an omnibus of 2018 thus far. Good to be back in the saddle.