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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russian Rocker Plays New York




NEW YORK -- Most of the audience spoke Russian, there were metal detectors at the door and Boris Grebenshchikov was playing. But this was New York's Greenwich Village not St. Petersburg and the beginning of a mini-tour for the singer together with Oleg Garkusha's Auktsyon.


The concert held at the Roxy Club a day after the release of his latest album, "Refuge," saw a new-look Grebenschikov with cropped blue hair.


But blue, green or yellow hair, it was still the B.G. whose legendary Akvarium celebrated its 25th anniversary last summer with a series of sell-out concerts in Russia. The Roxy Club crowd, though, was a bit different from Grebenschikovs more reverent fans back in his homeland -- younger and more vocal about its likes and dislikes.


"People here are more uninhibited," Grebenschikov said after the show.


Grebenschikov is a frequent visitor to the United States. He toured the country last year and recorded the album together with various New York-based friends.


International stardom isn't quite on the way. "Refuge" hasn't hit the charts yet, but there is definitely a loyal audience abroad. He is also confident that he can earn international recognition singing exclusively in Russian. "'The Beatles' sang in English and people listened to them in France and in Russia. I think we are doing something in Russian that nobody else can," he said.


Grebenschikov, who recorded his 1989 album "Radio Silence" in English, now says he's too busy writing songs in Russian to write in English anymore.