For some reason after months of not really attending any shows regularly a bunch happened to occur all at once. Of course, things were kicked off this Saturday past when
and myself all had the extreme pleasure of seeing The Police at Fenway Park. I was really excited about this show, but in the back of my head there was always this nagging fear that it would be a bunch of old guys who couldn’t quite play anymore pretending they were young again. Beyond that, I generally avoid arena shows in favor of small clubs. The odds of me seeing this band at a club are virtually nil, so I decided to make an exception to my rules…
As soon as they took the stage and kicked into Message in a Bottle, however, any fears were put right to bed. They rocked so hard, it was such a great show, it has instantly jumped into the top 5 shows I have ever witnessed. Their set list was great (I could have done without “Walking in Your Footsteps”, but you can’t please everyone), and hit just about every song I wanted to hear. By the encore, I was thinking they were going to skip my favorite song, “Next to You”, but after the main encore they snuck back out on stage and kicked into it as their last song. When they broke into it I probably jumped 3 feet out of pure excitement and adrenaline. I actually for a split second considered trying to scalp tickets for Sunday’s show, but realized I’m not made of money. =)
Last night I went out to Cambridge to see Negativland at the Middle East as part of their It’s All In Your Head FM tour.. It was also a great show, but in a completely different way. The band was basically doing a live radio show from the stage, and if you’ve ever heard their Over the Edge radio show before, you know it can been a pretty crazy melange of samples, music, noise, and scripted weirdness. They even handed out blindfolds at the ticket counter to enhance the “Radio Viewing” experience. It was really enjoyable seeing these guys work, although by the 3rd hour of the show (as it approached midnight) I was getting pretty sleepy…
Tonight I’m returning to the Middle East and meeting up with a bunch of friends to see DJ Z-Trip. His stuff can be real hit-or-miss for me, but his technical ability is simply astounding, so he at least possesses the chops to knock it out of the park. I saw him a few years ago when he toured and it was a pretty enjoyable show, so hopefully he’ll pull it off again tonight.