Regina Spektor Tells Fans of Her Refugee Roots & Shines Bright at Denver Show

By: Sierra Voss

The very talented Regina Spektor took the stage at Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium last week, and one thing was instantly made crystal clear: Regina is incredibly well-loved by her fans. Audience members cheered during the intros of every song, yelled out words of encouragement throughout her set, and clapped and sang along with her to almost every word.

Regina Spektor.

Regina Spektor.

Regina Spektor recently released her fifth album, Remember Us To Life, last summer. She originally hails from Russia, where she began to take classical piano lessons at age six. When she was nine, her family moved to the the United States where she continued to play piano and began her adventures in songwriting. She self-released her first three records, and was later signed. Both her records Far and What We Saw From The Cheap Seats debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200, an impressive feat for any artist.

Regina played some fan favorites at her Denver show, including “Eet,” “Blue Lips,” “Bleeding Heart,” the theme song “You’ve Got Time” from the TV show Orange is the New Black, and a Leonard Cohen cover of  “Chelsea Hotel #2.” Spektor is well known for making each of her songs varied in musical style, and this was evident in her live performance, where every tune embodied totally different emotions, structure, and sound. Her style made for an extremely engaging performance.

Check out Regina Spektor’s latest single, “Bleeding Heart”:

One of the most powerful parts of the evening was when Spektor stopped mid-show to deliver a powerful message before she launched into her song, “Ballad Of A Politician.” Looking out at the crowd, she said:

“As we travel through this incredible country, I feel like it's really important for me to thank the United States and remind everyone that I am a refugee- I came here as a refugee. I am forever grateful that I was taken in and taken care of. When I swore I would fight and protect this country, I swore to fight for the environment, civil rights, equal rights, no bans and no walls. I don’t believe in this shit that’s currently happening right now. I believe in education, love, progress and f*cking fun.”   

The crowd once again cheered as Regina started in on the next half of her show. Her overall set was truly beautiful, thanks to her all-encompassing spirit and artistry. Fans were happy and Regina couldn’t stop smiling. Catch Spektor live for yourself on her current tour; show dates here.


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