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Another Weekend, Another Freebie

15 Feb

My weekend was jam packed with lots of free sporting activities. Friday night featured a Gopher hockey game while Saturday night was spent at the Target center watching the Timberwolves. Admittedly, both of these teams are not very good in their respective sports. However, as both tickets to these sporting events were free, I saw no reason not to go and watch two bad teams.

Mariucci arena on the University of Minnesota campus is not someplace I would ever think of ending up. I am a big Sioux hockey fan, so to be in the building where the hated Gophers play is a bit of a shock to the system, especially since the Sioux were not even playing them. No, it was the Gophers vs. the Denver Pioneers, and the only reason for going was that the ticket was free, and it was in a suite, with free food, and drinks and TV’s and nice amenities. The catering was from Famous Dave’s (so not good at all for you vegetarians out there) but they did have some superb potato chips and those amazing cornbread muffins… and cookies, always cookies. So the food was good (and still free), the seats were great (and still free), but the actual hockey game was kind of a let down. The Gophers really didn’t try all that hard, the product looked anemic and the fans were nothing like I imagined. In fact, the building itself was really tiny. But I guess I got spoiled in The Ralph, which is pretty much a shrine to all things hockey.

Mariucci Arena - Suite Level View

Mariucci Arena - Suite Level View

Catering in Suite

Catering in Suite

People in the Suite

People in the Suite

Warm Ups - Denver vs Minnesota

Warm Ups - Denver vs Minnesota

My Lucky Chuck A Puck

My Lucky Chuck A Puck - Wasn't So Lucky in the End. Didn't Win 😦

Gopher Student Section - Goldy Gopher Crowdsurfing

Gopher Student Section - Goldy Gopher Crowdsurfing

The next day, it was off to watch another horrible team, but this one a bunch of “professionals,” simply meaning they get paid to play (which they shouldn’t). The Timberwolves actually had an OK crowd for a Saturday night, but there was still plenty of opportunity to move into the lower level and snag a much better seat than some nosebleeds where we started. Again, the ticket was free, and I even ended up getting a NEW CAN COOZIE! This was a great thing because I was in need of a new one, and it was FREE! Here you can see the starting nosebleed seats, and the much better lower bowl seats where we ended up. Thank you lax Target Center security.

Target Center Nosebleeds - Timberwolves vs 76ers

Target Center Nosebleeds - Timberwolves vs 76ers

Lower Bowl Target Center Seats

Lower Bowl Target Center Seats

NEW CAN COOZIE!

NEW CAN COOZIE!

Saturday I also made the apple pie hooch I mentioned in a different blog post. As you can see, I now have a fully stocked liquor cabinet with this stuff. It tastes just like apple pie and warms the soul. Such a great late winter/early spring drink.

Apple Pie Hooch

Apple Pie Hooch

Plus, this guy had some sweet shoes, they were pretty much pink and yellow and orange in a camo/duck hunting pattern. They were amazingly horrible to look at, but he rocked em as hard as possible.

Kicking Shoes on this Dude

Kicking Shoes on this Dude

Don’t walk… Rock!

Don't Walk - ROCK!

Don't Walk - ROCK!

And yes, George Costanza lives. This is his car.

The Costanza Mobile

The Costanza Mobile

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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

Another Typical Weekend

20 Oct

This weekend was spent doing relaxing things. On Saturday, after working out, I called my dad and we went on a bike ride from my apartment, into downtown Minneapolis, across the Hennepin Bridge into Northeast. We walked around a bit there and then headed down St. Anthony Main and across the Stone Arch Bridge and biked down West River Parkway until we hit the Greenway for the final leg back to Bryant Ave, where I live. All in all, it was a nice way to spend the afternoon and a nice 15 mile bike ride all the way round. These are just some quick pictures of the scenery from that bright Saturday afternoon.

Stone Arch Bridge

Stone Arch Bridge

Hennepin Ave Bridge and Grain Belt Sign

Hennepin Ave Bridge and Grain Belt Sign

St. Anthony Falls

St. Anthony Falls

Northeast Minneapolis

Northeast Minneapolis/Pillsbury Factory

On Sunday, I went to a concert. It was Gorillaz with N.E.R.D. opening for them. It was an audio/visual treat that was well worth the money. First off, I own all of the albums from both bands, so was excited to see that N.E.R.D was going to be on the bill as well. They played a lot of new songs, but did whip out She Wants To Move, Lapdance and Rock Star. They played for about an hour, and had some dancers on the ends of the stage going for almost the full time. The workout they got must have been phenomenal. Also, Pharrell is one uncannily smooth dude. He was giving shout-outs to some woman in a sequin dress and go-go boots and even brought two audience members on stage to dance because they were dancing on the tops of their chairs.

Gorillaz Concert Prep

Gorillaz Concert Prep

N.E.R.D at Target Center

N.E.R.D at Target Center

Of course, the headliners were the main reason to go. And they did not disappoint. The entire show had visuals behind the band, including music videos, montages and even Snoop Dogg and Bruce Willis.

Gorillaz About to Start

Gorillaz About to Start

Gorillaz Plastic Beach Snoop Dogg

Gorillaz Plastic Beach Snoop Dogg

Gorillaz at Target Center

Gorillaz at Target Center

Gorillaz Target Center

Gorillaz Target Center

Here is the set list that they played:

Orchestral Intro
Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach (feat. the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble & Snoop Dogg via video screen)
19-2000 (feat. Rosie Wilson)
Last Living Souls
O Green World
Stylo (feat. Bobby Womack & Boobie Brown)
On Melancholy Hill
Rhinestone Eyes
Superfast Jellyfish (feat. De La Soul)
Kids With Guns
Tomorrow Comes Today
Broken (feat. The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble)
Dirty Harry (feat. Bootie Brown)
El Manana
DARE (feat. Rosie Wilson)
White Flag (feat. Bashy & Kano)
Glitter Freeze
Plastic Beach

Encore:

Cloud of Unknowing (feat. Bobby Womack)
Feel Good Inc. (feat. De La Soul)
Clint Eastwood (feat. Bashy & Kano)
Don’t Get Lost in Heaven
Demon Days (feat. Bobby Womack)

Gorillaz Target Center

Gorillaz Target Center

Gorillaz Target Center

Gorillaz Target Center