Last night at the Knitting Factory, David Banner taught us that being a perfect gentleman means giving lots of enormous bear hugs. He also taught us about how the Government is bullshit (dude, obvi) and how to properly fashion our belts into whips (dubious). Mostly though, he tore the stage apart. Banner played with a live band, and his energy was undeniable as usual—there’s no question that he knows most of what there is to know about being a performer. Fierce and low-voiced one minute, cracking a joyful grin the next, we totally understood why there were hoards of young women in the crowd trying to literally rip him off stage and onto the floor with them. Banner's long gestating The Greatest Story Ever Told came out last week, go spend money on it.