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Roger Waters The Wall: Live

28 Oct

I have to say, this was certainly the summer/fall of big name, stadium concerts for me. First there was Weezer headlining the Basilica Block Party, then Rush at the State Fair, followed by Gorillaz and NERD at the Target Center and last night, I witnessed Roger Waters perform The Wall at the Xcel Energy Center. As far as spectacles go, this was the best concert I have seen. It’s pretty much a performance piece. A giant 40 foot wall, video projections, fireworks, lasers, crashing planes, breakdancing kids, huge puppets and a flying pig! I didn’t have the greatest seat in the house (as that would have cost over $250) but for last minute tickets, it wasn’t that bad. And on the plus side, the Xcel probably has the best sound system in the Twin Cities for big concerts so the acoustics were great. However, the one spoiler to this concert – and I have to assume this goes for most Pink Floyd concerts – are the potheads. I’m pretty sure that if Cheech and Chong could conceive, their man-love child was sitting next to me. Dude was stoned and drunk out his mind! Not only did he try to talk to me throughout the first half of the show, he was crooning along to the songs before they were even out of Roger’s mouth. Sorry dude, but you don’t get any pot brownie points for knowing the lyrics before they are sung. Also, I can hear my own crappy voice at home, so I don’t need to hear yours at the show.

As the concert progressed toward the intermission, the wall continued to be built and the pothead continued to toke up and take swigs of whiskey. But his buzz was about to be harshed by me at intermission. As the lights came up and people streamed out to piss, he began to frantically search around under the seats and in his jacket pockets. What he was looking for was his glass pipe that looked exactly like a cigarette. How do I know this? Because it was under my foot. I hid it from him and eventually, when he began to play with his phone, bent over and cunningly (or probably clumsily, but it all looked the same to him so who the fuck cares) picked the pipe up off the ground and proceeded to head for the nearest trash bin. I walked around a bit with it in my pocket and saw the bin in question, but when I got there, thought better of it. That’s right, I ended up recycling it. I saved the environment, and also my concert experience because dude left during intermission and I didn’t see him again. If he did show up again, I didn’t know about it because I was way too deep into Comfortably Numb to care… and also because we slid over and totally jacked his seat for the better view. Yes, I am ruthless like that.

As with the album, the second half of the show was better than the first half. But overall, this show was something that I won’t soon forget and was the most visually over-the-top concert that I saw this year. If this concert is coming through your town and you haven’t gotten tickets yet, be sure to grab some up. Also, be sure to not do drugs for 40+ years of your life. That shit will mess you up.

 

Link to close up pictures of first half of show.

St. Paul Landmark Center

St. Paul Landmark Center

The Wall

The Wall

My Seat

My Seat. Not great, but whatcha gonna do?

In the Flesh?

In the Flesh?

Right after plane crash

Right after plane crash

The Wall Intermission

The Wall Intermission

In the Flesh

In the Flesh

Run Like Hell

Run Like Hell

Outside the Wall

Outside the Wall

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So, about last weekend…

23 Jul

So, what have I been up to? Not much. Went golfing last Saturday at St. Croix National in Wisconsin. Every hole is very scenic and very challenging. I’m pretty sure that I lost half a dozen golf balls. I still beat the other members of my group though. Here are some pictures of a few holes on the course.

St. Croix National

St. Croix National

St. Croix National

St. Croix National

St. Croix National

St. Croix National

Before that, on Friday that would be, I met up with a buddy from work and watched a band called Claps play “music.” It was some chillaxing muzik utilizing keyboards and synthesizers. It was actually not that bad, but I had had a few beers and some drink I was told was a gin and tonic. This was at Sauce Soundbar at the corner of Lake and Lyndale. You see that guy in the pictures there? Yeah, he was so into the music that he was humping the windows behind him and gyrating sporadically and spasmodically all over the stage. At one point I thought about running up on stage to make sure that he wasn’t having an epileptic fit.

Sauce Soundbar: Claps

Sauce Soundbar: Claps

Sauce Soundbar: Claps

Sauce Soundbar: Claps

Sauce Soundbar: Claps

Sauce Soundbar: Claps

So, what’s going on this weekend? FLUGTAG!! I can’t wait for Saturday to watch a bunch of morons see if they can take flight, fail horribly and plunge into the Mississippi. Many pics next week of course!

Comfortably Pink

30 Jun

So, I went and saw a Pink Floyd tribute band last Saturday. Overall impressions? Not too shabby. However, there are a few things that struck me. Not so much like a chunk of ice falling from the sky, hitting me in the head causing deep, debilitating mental problems and retardacy (is it made up? find out now!), but more like getting general impressions over the few hours it took to take in the show.

Impression the first. I am not as overly enthusiastic about seeing Pink Floyd live as I thought. There are two reasons for this (though admittedly there are probably more, but these are the two biggies). Reason A) It is not really Pink Floyd. Obviously that’s like the first thing that everyone knows, but they actually did sound good and played the songs as they were and it was a deece show. Reason B) There are people who get overly excited for a tribute band, and those people are freaks. Not monsterously overbearing freaks like the kind you see in movies or in ever major metropolitan area, but freaks nonetheless. They get up and dance, wave their hands, shout out “Free Bird” for no reason and wear hats advertising Kmart… and not in an ironic way. Dude really did own a Kmart hat, and he wore the shit out of it.

Impression the second. Apparently, Pink Floyd only made two albums. I base this on the fact that almost every song they played came from either The Wall, or Dark Side of the Moon. Only two songs in their repertoire did not. Those songs were “Learning to Fly” and “Dogs.” Now, I can understand the reasoning behind this move, mostly because those are the two they are most famous for, but Animals is a great album that deserves more attention (although I assume the reason more songs are not played off of it are because almost every song is like 15 minutes long. But there are much better songs than “Learning to Fly” out there.

Impression the third. The encore. When you are a tribute band named Comfortably Pink, you would think your encore would be “Comfortably Numb.” Not only is it a great song, its one that keeps building and building to a great conclusion that is overflowing with guitar solos, drums, bass and all sorts of awesomeness on a level that not even fire ninjas fighting hovercraft flying dinosaurs can compete with. However, they chose to end their set with “Run.” This song is high energy and is pretty good, but if you stop and think about it – as I tend to do – this is the song they play during the movie wherein there is a forced rape. Hmmm. So, to recap, a song that is fire ninja vs. hovercraft dino awesome (and which the band is named after) or a song that reminds me of the rape scene in the car. Whatever, it’s your show.

Impression the fourth. Rain kinda sucks when combined with my glasses and streetlamps and headlights. Also, my bike has no lights on it. I feel that I cheated death pretty well that night.

Pictures are below. If you want to experience them and the crowd they gather, they will be playing at the Whiskey Junction in Minneapolis on July 10th. It’s indoors, so you don’t have to worry about the rain. You will still have to worry about freakoids though.

Comfortably Pink - Lake Harriet Bandshell

Comfortably Pink - Lake Harriet Bandshell

Comfortably Pink - Lake Harriet Bandshell

Comfortably Pink - Lake Harriet Bandshell

Comfortably Pink - Lake Harriet Bandshell

Comfortably Pink - Lake Harriet Bandshell