Photo by Philip Cosores
Grimes let it be known in a 2013 Tumblr post that Franz Schubert’s “Ave Maria” “might be one of [her] all time favourite songs” (via Stereogum). That little revelation makes the fact that she chose to cover the song at her tour kick off in Seoul, South Korea a little less surprising.
The concert at the YES24 MUV Hall actually opened the way you’d expect Grimes’ first tour date of 2016 to go: with the live premiere of a track from last year’s stellar Art Angels. She kicked things off by performing “Flesh Without Blood” for the first time ever, and sagaciously inserted another debut, “Butterfly”, at the gig’s halfway point. “Ave Maria” came out as a lead into to her one-two punch of a closer, “Kill v. Maim” and “Oblivion”.
Below, watch fan-shot video of Grimes performing “Ave Maria”, “Flesh Without Blood”, and “Butterfly”. There’s also a clip of her doing “Ave Maria” in Osaka, Japan a few days later.
“Ave Maria” (skip to 9:38):
“Ave Maria” (Osaka, Japan):
“Flesh Without Blood”: