Re: Why destroy your Cell Phone?
posted at 6/21/2013 8:38 AM EDT
Drive By Truckers? Would loved to have seen them. I have two great albums they did.
Aragon was cool. Park West was probably the best sound. Saw Richard Thompson there, but missed half that show waiting outside to give a co-worker a free ticket and he never showed. Walked in on the most searing guitar solo I have ever heard (Hard On You), and I've seen Beck, SRV, BB, Methaney, Hubie Sumlin, Clapton and a whole mess of elite guitarists. Thompson was the best and that half solo I heard was the most electrifying. So good he makes you want to give up playing out of hopelessness. The reviews in both papers agreed: "If Eric Clapton is supposed to be God, last night Richard Thompson proved who is the real rock guitar diety..." You don't read reviews like that every day.
The Metro was cool.
I was at Bright Eyes at the Vic at their peak and my G/F of then nagged me into leaving before they walked on stage, mostly because the two opening bands were God-awful (lame copycats, and that on-the-edge-of-collaspe-but-provocative sound is not one easily balanced by hacks). Heard they were great that night.
A new roommate and I went to the Bluesfest in 2006 and - he being thoroughly Irish - persuaded me to get wicked pizzed with him on a blazing hot summer day. We were literally stinking drunk. Flithy. And we heard a rumor that John Mayer (a talented sell-out who you don't want dating your sister) was going to play at Guy's. We walked by, stopped at the door, asked if it was true and the doorman said, yeah, he was expected to play with Guy. We thought about it and we just stunk and looked like ship, so we skipped it. Turns out they did play, from early to late...with Clapton. At a time when Clapton was his best since Layla. Oooof.
Chicago must have the best music scene in the nation. And in mostly little clubs. I hear Austin is great, but I've never been there, though I was headed there last summer until car problems arose and I turned back.
There was a time when Povidence was arguably the best city on the East Coast to see a band in the early '90s. In a 10-day-span circa 1992 I saw The Ramones, The Bodeens, Aimee Mann, Roomful of Blues, Radiohead, Belly, In Living Colour and a couple of excellent other bands I now forget at Lupo's, The Met and The Strand. I had a roommate who always kenw a rising band and saw Jane's Addiction, Pearl Jam and Nirvana, plus many more, all at Baby Head one summer. And earlier, at the Living Room in the CIC complex I saw bands like Bo Diddly, Yellowman, Sugar, Hubie Sumlin, Hot Tuna, and yes, MEN WITHOUT HATS. U2 played there a month before they recorded their live album at Red Rock and exploded, but I missed them that time. Providence is not the same music scene, though give props for Deer Tick coming out of here.
I am curious - why is NYC radio the worst? How can a city that big have such crummy radio? Could say the same for L.A. Gainesville, FL had an awesome small station back in the '90s that was as good as XRT, but I think it is in radio station heaven now. WRIU in South Kingstown, R.I. (for URI) can be awesome and weak all on the same day, and has a weak signal. WBRU used to be excellent way back, but today they sound like only a step above Clear Channel stations. At least they are better than they were five-to-ten years ago.
My best concert?
I saw the Kinks at the Dunk when they recorded the live album in 1981 and they were astounding, but not the best. I drove six hours to score the last scalpped ticket in Atlanta to see King Crimson play their Thrak album and it was indescribable. Richard Thompson is always, alwasy, always amazing as a performer and a guitarist.
Saw a great blues fest at Great Woods, featuring SRV, but he was by-then obviously abused and not-on-top. Roy Buchanan played a great set, then hung himself about a month later. Saw the two great Who shows at Sullivan in the early '90s. Best single band for an arena, I would say. Also saw U2 there around the same time, but their songbook and show was just not on par with The Who. Was at Woodstock '94, which was a spectacular cultural event, but a lot of the bands did not stand out. Our group arrived back from dumpiing our camping gear in the car in the lot to see Green Day exit early in a hail of flying mud and grass. We missed their show and it was the one we most wanted to see. My mom took me to the Newport Jazz Fest cicra '67 and she said Arlo Guthrie debuted Alice's Restaurant, though I am not certain it was the debut. I was 3 or so.
I have seen a thousand shows and more. Worst show? Damn Yankees/Dire Straits? Pavement? The Lemonheads? Hard to say.
But the best total show as a whole was Amensty International at Giant Stadium. What a line-up! Closing with Peter Gabriel playing Biko, then U2 playing Sunday Bloody Sunday, then a Police reunion. Stanely Jordan blew our minds with Eleanor Rigby. Ok, so yeah, we had to listen to Yoko and a few other less-than-stellar performers. But that was one heck of a lonnnnnnnnng, great music day, for a great cause. And one lonnnnnnnnng traffic jam to follow. More info at http://www.atu2.com/news/amnesty-concert-in-jersey.html