Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Squeaky's Concert Guestie

I just spent three evenings over the weekend at an urban music festival. Screw that camping shit.I wanted to sleep in my own bed every night. Besides I have a wife and kid and there is no way I get to be away for a long weekend (only exception OBFT).

I had seen several of the bands on the bill before but there were some that I was looking forward to seeing like the Replacements, The Roots, War on Drugs, Lorde and The 1975. But out of all of those bands, the one that put on the best performance for my money was Twenty One Pilots.

Watching them bring a drum kit out into the crowd and performing while people held up said drum kit was really f*cking cool. Adding to the degree of difficultly was the fact they were playing with a sequenced track and had to account for the time it takes to crowdsurf to your drum kit. It was not their first rodeo but still impressive. It got me and couple of other folks I was there with thinking what other gigs threw you for a loop unexpectedly.



Here's my short list, in no particular order: (I'm sure more will pop into my mind as soon as I send this list)

  • Fishbone at the Boathouse - Dirty Kibby hanging upside down from the rafters playing his trumpet
  • Garage a Trois at Denver Filmore - Charlie Hunter plays ridiculous tambourine solo. yes tambourine solo
  • Twenty One Pilots at Boston Calling Festival - drum kit crowdsurfing
  • Bob Mould at The Paradise cafe. solo gig with an hour set of acoustic then hour set of electric for about 75 people
  • Califone at my house
  • Red Hot Chili peppers at Vandy on the Presidents lawn 1989 - they wore the socks and the drummer stuck a drum stick up his ass and threw it into the crowd.

39 comments:

rob said...

that last sentence, though

Marls said...

Squeeks has offended Rob's rural sensibilities.

Mark said...

DJ Shadow & Blackalicious at Simons in Gainesville in 98. Went for Shadow with no idea who Blackalicious was (they'd just released their first EP). Was completely blown away by them.

Squeaky said...

That RHCP shows was actually in 1988, not '89, right before the original guitarist died. They definitely were not on drugs at that point.

Squeaky said...

And there was a bar next to the football stadium that sold beer in half and full gallon milk jugs as travelers.

Mark said...

None of you feel about the University of Florida the way I do but this is pretty cool. Gatorsalways.com

Marls said...

Pink Floyd (sort of) Division Bell tour at Yankee Stadium in summer 94 after freshman year. They finished the first set with One Of These Days accompanied by giant inflatable pigs.

Deep knee bends....

mr kq said...

Peter Frampton at Cap Centre in 76. Smoked some hash oil in top row and can't remember a thing. Actually it may have been Blue Oyster Cult.

rob said...

the ramones at the boathouse. our driver got so drunk that i had to pinch hit for him. and i was so drunk that i got us lost on the way to the show and we never made it there. did do some accidental donuts in some poor family's yard in norfolk trying to turn around on a dead end street.

Danimal said...

june 1, 1988 - also Pink Floyd - Momentary Lapse of Reason tour.

my experience was eerily similar to the combination of marls & mr kq's comments. i was actually OUT for several songs - passed out drunk among other things. buckles was with as were several other winc crew. good good times and a great show while i was conscious

Danimal said...

that was at RFK stadium by the way.

one other experience concert related but not the concert itself but getting tix to the concert. august '87 - camped out for 3 days & 2 nights for U2 tix at RFK. my dad was solo for a few days as my mom was traveling otherwise there wasn't a chance in hell I'd be allowed to do that, i don't think. went w/5 others from winc. met and hung out w/a bunch of other nova h.s. kids but mostly u md students. we learned all the beer drinking games and thought we were pretty cool. sucked face with a gal who ended up becoming a friend of a friend at vatech. i miss her. we each went back to winc with 6 tix. we were, and still remain, GODS.

rob said...

june '98, second day of the tibetan freedom concert at rfk. hot as shit, and many of the days' acts run together, though it remains the only time i've seen the beasties live. the red hot chili peppers were slated to close out the set, but they stopped after only a few songs to yield the remainder of their time to pearl jam.

eddie and the boys were initially scheduled to close the first day of the concert, but their set had been cancelled because of a lightning storm that rolled through (sadly killing one concert-goer).

at the time, i was pretty down on pearl jam because of what i perceived as their overwrought artiste act. so i really wasn't all that excited to see them play.

they fucking rocked. only played a handful of songs, but they killed every one of them. it was a revelation to me.

Danimal said...

Oh shit...one other. how I forgot this one I don't know. Indigo Girls, 1998. Cap Center. Wow. Just...Wow.

Clarence said...

Rob, that same Tibetan Freedom show was when Green Day pulled some dude from the crowd up on stage, taught him how to play the next song in 30 seconds, played it with him, and then had him do a stage dive. Very fun to watch.

rob said...

trombone shorty and orleans avenue at the state theater in falls church two or three years ago. no way he plays a venue that small any time soon, at least not one that isn't in new orleans. my wife and i were 20 feet away from the front of the stage. that band is tight.

Clarence said...

Living Colour at the Boathouse spring '89. $5 entry, Corey Glover sang two songs off some big fat guy's shoulders next to me. Many stage dives by the band. Insanely good. Sweaty.

rob said...

hoodoo gurus and bodeans at the boathouse sometime between '89 and '91. spent the entire show in the mosh(ish) pit, then chugged a 64 oz. gatorade in the parking lot of a 7-11 on the way out of town.

puked the entire gatorade back up onto route 64 about 15 minutes later. stone sober.

Danimal said...

University of Wisconsin - 1986. Some fuckin rich guy decided to come back to school to get his degree. Had a party in his sweet pad - paid Oingo Boingo to play. EPIC!

TR said...

Danimal wins with that comment.

My favorite "bad" part of that epic movie is the awful dance Sally Kellerman does when she walks into the party. She struts and swings her arm and it's painful to watch for the three seconds you see her doing it.

TR said...

I love love love Rory talking shit about Tiger and Phil.

Danimal said...

not privy to the rory talk. is he talking shit about the ryder cup?

mayhugh said...

Have an outside counsel that looks like exactly like Nathan Arizona. Really want to drop an Unpainted Huffheinz reference.

Mark said...

Spain is about to lose at home to France in the World Cup (of basketball) semis. That's a wow.

Squeaky said...

Just remembered, early nineties, Tom Petty at W&M Hall. Split handle of bourbon with Smokin Joe and was carried out of the show before he played.

Lost my wallet I was so drunk. Someone actually returned it three days later with everything still in it.

Clarence said...

Random Idiots in 1989, Monroe 3W. What a great show.

Danimal said...

Whether or not you are a fan of Lou Holtz, his Feherety interview on Golf Channel is pretty good. He talks about his time at W and M for a few min. Did not know he coached the golf team too. Funny stuff.

Dave said...

i was at that fishbone show!

i was NOT at that ramones show . . . it was awesome.

i was at that hoodoo gurus show.

and i was IN that random idiot show.

all good ones, but my favorite is the cult electric tour, 1987, at the felt forum.

Dave said...

i worked that tom petty show.

Marls said...

Damn Yankees, Jones Beach Theatre in 91. Terrible show that I went to with a bunch of folks from my summer job. Don't remember much other than being very sick the next day and the fact that Ted Nugent shot an effigy of Saddam Hussein with a flaming arrow. The Long Island IROC crowd loved it.

Dave said...

and i loved every hfestival at rfk. holy mess.

Shlara said...

The 1987 U2 show at RFK--best opening of a show ever.

Tibetian Freedom Concert--Beasties "Sabotage" was A-MA-ZING

A surprise Foo Fighters show at 9:30 Club (maybe 2002?) where they played WAY past closing time and did the back catalogue + covers

KQ & I saw Aerosmith in the late 90s in the 5th row--its an eye-opening experience

P!NK is one of the best shows you will ever see--so incredible, I saw it twice

And, I went to a Damian Rice show at the Lincoln Theatre on U S in 2006--and he had Glen Handard and Marketa opening for him-this was several months before the movie ONCE premiered at Sundance, so I had no idea who he was or the backstory of the music. Glen performed "Say it to me Now" and Van Morrison's "Astral Weeks" with just his acoustic guitar and it was so powerful & riveting...I was hooked. None of the music was in the US or on iTunes, so I had to import a CD from the UK

Mark said...

Squeaky- how was War on Drugs? I dig them.

Shlara said...

More god news from the sports world...now, its the Mets owner who's a major d-bag:

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/mlb-can-take-stand-nfl-didn-t-in-vetting-jeff-wilpon-accusations-with-severe-potential-consequences-015709001.html

Marls said...

That's old news Shlara. He's been a petulant douchenozzle for years. Now he is getting sued for it.

rob said...

had drinks this evening with a former member of the new york cosmos, circa early 80s. there were studio 54 stories.

T.J. said...

Season 4 finale of Breaking Bad. Wow.

TR said...

This morning marks a somber 13th anniversary of an awful day. As I ride a 532 train to Manhattan, I think that this would've been the train so many of the victims in the Financial Services sector would've been taking.

As was the case last year, I notice the front page of the local papers have nary a mention of the anniversary. I'm not sure if this is a good or bad thing. New York City has had an undoubtably economic/cultural bounce since that time. Yet as I noticed when speaking with the <25 crowd in my office, there is almost no connection with the event or understanding of what it did to the city in 2001. I suppose this is life.

There will be brief mentions in the news, and I'm sure cable TV will rerun the myriad documentaries tonight that show the planes, the explosions, the smoke and chaos, and, most likely, the jumpers off the World Trade Center. I'll be eating an overpriced breakfast at the Waldorf Astoria this morning, wondering if anyone around me is remembering the anniversary like I am.

Mark said...

I don't think you have to wonder. Plenty of people will be thinking about it. As you said though, its been 13 years and, like it or not, life moves on in many ways.

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