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Oh Yeah… Stuff I Did Last Week

21 Sep

So, I keep forgetting to update this, but every so often I get around to it. Anywho, I attended two very different, yet very awesome events last week. The first saw me in a sea of backward hat wearing, high-fiving, super bro dudes who love 93X and their tatted up girlfriends when I went to see the Foo Fighters. I love the band, and I have a man crush on Dave Grohl, so it was great to see them do their thing. And do they did! Not only did they play an extra extended set because one of the openers couldn’t attend the show, they played more songs because we are awesome. (And by “we” I of course mean myself because I know Mr. Grohl was talking directly to me). Anyway, they went on to rock the Xcel Energy Center for over two and a half hours. It was the best Foo Fighters concert I’ve seen to date and they need to come back again sooner rather than later. And with better openers this time. Here’s some photos and the setlist.

Foo Fighters

Foo Fighters

Dave Grohl

Dave Grohl

Dave Grohl

Dave Grohl

Dave Grohl Rocking!

Dave Grohl Rocking! (This is my favorite photo I took that night!)

Dave Grohl on Rising Platform

Dave Grohl on Rising Platform

Dave Grohl and Jessy Greene

Dave Grohl and Jessy Greene

Dave Grohl Acoustic

Dave Grohl Acoustic

Setlist:

Bridge Burning

Rope

Pretender

My Hero

Learn To Fly

White Limo

Arlandria

Breakout

Cold Day In The Sun

Long Road To Ruin

Stacked Actors

Walk

Generator

Monkey Wrench

These Days

I Should Have Known

Skin And Bones

This Is A Call

All My Life

See You (Acoustic w/Jessy Greene)(Encore)

Best Of You (Acoustic)(Encore)

Times Like These (Encore)

Dear Rosemary (Encore)

Breakdown (Tom Petty)(Encore)

Tie Your Mother Down (Queen)(Encore)

Everlong (Encore)

Then on Friday, I was transported to the world of Geektopia, as I was in attendance for the Cinematic Titans at the Parkway Theater in South Minneapolis. Cinematic Titanic is the basically MST3K live, with many of the original cast from the show. The movie was called “War of the Insects” although the original, Japanese title is “Genocide.” I don’t think I need to tell you all (all three of you) that this movie was HORRIBLE. But that is the fun of the whole thing. The Cinematic Titans stand on stage to the side of the movie and riff on it while it plays. It was one of the best comedy experiences of my life and again, they need to come back sooner rather than later. This was the second time I have seen them, and, regrettably, the first time I didn’t know they did a meet and greet for the audience to sign things. Well, fast forward four years and this time I was not going to let the opportunity pass me by. So I got out my MST3K Amazing Colossal Episode Guide and had all of them sign it. The book is no longer in print, so copies are rare and hard to come by. And with me needing to get only two more autographs to round out the entire collection of collaborators, I may actually have the chance to some day do that. I will say that Bill Corbett, who played Crow after Trace left the show, was there, but he was an audience member and I didn’t want to disturb him to sign my book when he just wanted to enjoy the night.

MST3K Episode Guide

MST3K Episode Guide

TV's Frank Coniff

TV's Frank Coniff

Joel Hodgson

Joel Hodgson

Cinematic Titanic Autographs

Cinematic Titanic Autographs

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Turn Down The Lights (Where Applicable)

5 Aug

Turf Club

Turf Club - MST3K Night (Screen way up in front of those ladies there. Just FYI)

Look, I know the picture sucks, but what do you want from a camera phone in a darkened, underground, prohibition-era drinks emporium? Anyway, maybe the better question would be, why was I there? The answer to that lies in the fact that I love Mystery Science Theater 3000 and watching the episodes never gets old, and is a completely new experience with a dedicated crowd of Msties. Never heard of MST3K you say? Well then get the hell out of here! Or click this link.

The venue was the Turf Club on University Ave in St. Paul, and the movie was The Brain That Wouldn’t Die. It is notable for being the first episode in which Mike takes over from Joel. It is also a really bad movie that makes for decent riffing. I like how there is no real explanation of why Mike is there. Sure, if you watched the previous episode and listen to the theme song, it sort of explains things, but really, its never brought up and is just accepted. And that is what makes this whole thing work. Mike is a whole different personality from Joel, and I stand by my assertion that he was the better of the two hosts. But anyway, on to these other pictures.

The Brain That Wouldn't Die

The Brain That Wouldn't Die

Like I said, the movie was The Brain That Wouldn’t Die. This movie is near and dear to my heart and I will tell you why. As you can see, I have it on DVD already. This means I have seen it a bunch of times before. However, watching it with a live audience brought out a whole new version of the film. Because there are so many riffs, not everyone gets them all, but certain people will laugh at other certain things and this means that pretty much all of the riffs get some sort of response. This is the opposite of what happens to me when I watch most of the time, because many of the jokes or references go right over my head. Another reason this movie is so loved by myself is that it was the very first MST3K DVD I ever bought. I saw it on the shelf at Best Buy a long time ago and had to have it. Thus began my obsessional collecting of the series, which resulted in me acquiring every episode there has ever been TV – minus the KTMA episodes that never saw the light of day of course.

The Brain That Wouldn't Die

The Brain That Wouldn't Die - Mike Nelson Autograph

And as you can see from the above photo, there is a signature in the bottom right-hand corner of the chapter list. That there is Michael J. Nelson’s John Hancock itself! I have seen him speak a few times and got this movie autographed (among other MST3K related merch) because it was his first host appearance, and because it was my first MST3K DVD.

The Brain That Wouldn't Die

The Brain That Wouldn't Die - DVD Case

I don’t know if they have a set schedule for showing episodes, but the next showing is on September 1, at 10 p.m. So if you are in the St Paul area and want to see the film Sidehackers, head on down to the Turf Club on University. Its a tad bit warm in there (ok so it was fucking scorching hot and I sweated the entire time) but its a pretty good time and the price of free is right on the money! Also, they give you these sweet Gizmonics Institute pins and even make some Playbills of the movie with interesting trivia facts. I’ll be sure to go back again one of these days and rundown the movie… maybe… possibly. I can’t not end this without saying, keep circulating the tapes!

Gizmonics Institute Pins

Gizmonics Institute Pins