David Duchovny at The Alexander

Wednesday 02nd, September 2015 / 18:25
By Sarah Whitlam
David Duchovny at the Alexander. Photo: Sarah Whitlam

David Duchovny at the Alexander.
Photo: Sarah Whitlam

August 22, 2015

VANCOUVER — “An Evening With David Duchovny.” Even the title is bound to make any Californication or X-Files fan wet. As I am sure many people already know, Mr. Duchovny has been in town filming six new episodes of The X-Files. He took two nights off his busy filming schedule to perform some of his music off of his debut album, Hell or Highwater, at the Alexander in Gastown.

The place was packed and excited to see the man of the hour, but most people at the show, me included, didn’t know any of his songs (although I am pretty sure there was at least one fan there belting out some lyrics). Unfortunately, due to the fact that most people were there to see David Duchonvy and not listen to music, people were talking during his performance on stage, which became annoying.

All in all it was an entertaining and intimate show. Colin Lee and Pat McCusker from the band Weather were playing guitar and keyboard while David sang. The first song they started with was “3000,” followed by “Passenger,” and then a song he wrote for his daughter called “Stay on the Train.” After that there was a cover of the Flaming Lips’ “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots,” and then a WC Fields-inspired number called “The Rain Song.”

After briefly talking about how he felt that love was a drifting photon of light emitted from a dying star, he went into the crowd and sang to some of his fans, guys included, and gave a kiss to a lady who was wearing one of the t-shirts that were for sale at the merch table. After jumping back on stage, the band played “Positively Madison Avenue,” a song David stated was written after he saw one of his idols, Bob Dylan, in a Super Bowl commercial selling cars.

One of the best parts of the night was when Nick Lea — a.k.a. Alex Krycek, a.k.a. the guy that killed Mulder’s father — was asked to join the band on stage to sing a rendition of “Knocking on Heaven’s Door.” It was awesome. Just before the band played their last song, David stated that normally the band would do an encore performance, but because the venue was so small and there was really no place for them to walk off stage, the lights went down and the band just turned around to face the wall for a few moments until the lights turned back on and they played the last song of the night, “Hell or Highwater.”

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