and I headed over to the Orpheum to see Ween last night.. Neither of us had ever caught the band live before despite listening to them for years, and it was totally awesome. They rocked out for 2+ hours, no opener, to a packed house.. The Orpheum is a lousy venue, but they made the best of it… The crowd was totally eating up the show, and the band rewarded them with a good mix of new stuff as well as classics… I would have loved the nostalgic “Pork Roll, Egg and Cheese”, but you can’t always get what you want… :)
Live Music Fiesta
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.
and I met up with
and Chloe at the Sunset Cantina for dinner and drinks, and to go see Peeping Tom at the Paradise Rock Club. It was a sold-out show, and doors were at 7, but we decided to grab some grub as opposed to waiting outside in the cold.. After dinner, Corinna decided she was pretty tired and was going to bail on the show, so we sold her ticket and went inside..
The first opening act, Pigeon John, was real fun hip-hop, kinda no consequences fun “let me hear you say ‘Yeah!'” kinda stuff… Everyone seemed to have a good time, especially for an opening act. Second up was Miho Hatori, which I didn’t really enjoy at all… Remember how in Alien: Insurrection they failed at several attempts at cloning Ripley, and ended up with a bunch of goobed out mutants? Well, imagine if you replaced Ripley with Bjork, you’d have Miho Hatori. She wasn’t physically goobed, but holy christ was her music awful.. It was as if someone making a commercial WANTED Bjork, but she wouldn’t sign off on the rights, so they hired someone to make a soundalike song.. Fortunately, this middle act gave me the opportunity to vote for Sanjaya 68 times.
Finally, around 10:45pm, Peeping Tom took the stage… I was disappointed to find out that Rahzel was missing from the line-up this time around. Fortunately, we were introduced to Butterscotch, who you’d never expect to be a master Beatboxer, but boy does she have chops.. It was fascinating to watch this tiny little woman blow the fucking doors off the venue. Also, this time around, Dan “The Automator” was able to make the tour (when Corinna and I saw Peeping Tom open for Gnarls Barkley last year, I believe Kid Koala was filling in on decks). Anyway, the show was fantastic, and Chloe, who Rory kinda dragged to the show even really seemed to enjoy it. It was crowded, but I think that the Paradise is my favorite area venue.. It’s shallow but wide, so you feel really close to the stage…
When we were leaving, I almost got into my first fistfight in years! Some drunk douchebag behind me apparently decided that our egress rate was insufficient and shoved me forward. I informed him that this was uncool (with my elbow into his ribs), and things got quite tense. We screamed at each other for a few minutes and at some point Rory and someone who apparently knew this douche stepped in and separated us.. This ass kept screaming at me “all I was trying to do was pass you; I’ll kick your faggotty purple-shirt wearing ass; yadda yadda”. I kept trying to explain to him that he didn’t try and “pass” me, he shoved me forward and into the wall… If you can’t handle your liquor, don’t drink in public…