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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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Sioux Yeah Yeah!

22 Mar

Went to some see some WCHA hockey this past weekend at the Xcel Energy Center. Not only were my UND Fighting Sioux in the tourney (as they always are) they won! Yes, these pictures are not that great, but who cares? THEY WON! And now they are on to the NCAA tournament as the #2 seed overall and the #1 seed in their bracket. I can’t wait to see how they keep this season going. It seems like they are heading for great things and are poised to take it all.

Sunset over St. Paul

The sun sets on the cathedral as the Sioux prepare for battle against Colorado College

Warmups

The preparation for battle begins with warmups

Puck drop imminent

The teams square off for the death match that is WCHA HOCKEY

The puck is dropped

The puck is dropped and the gauntlet has been thrown down

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

Target Field and Twins Game

10 Jun

Last night, I ventured into the wilds of Minneapolis to experience outdoor big league baseball in Minnesota. Let me start off by saying this isn’t the first time I’ve been to an outdoor game in MN, but the St. Paul Saints are not quite the same thing. Anyway, for the first time visitor, Target Field is really something spectacular. I now believe that the Twin Cities have two of the finest major league sporting venues in the country, with the Twins stadium joining the Xcel Energy Center where the Wild play. As you can see from this picture, the place was packed. I had to get tickets off of Craigslist the day of the game. However, I chose pretty much the perfect seats for the perfect price, as you will see in a bit.

Crowded Target Field

Crowded Target Field

Simply walking around this place is a bunch of fun. Here is the team from FSN North. As you can see, Marney Gellner and Roy Smalley were on point to give a great Twins pregame show. Or, at least, I assume they did. I did not stick around. Too much other stuff to do.

Twins Pre Game show

Marney and Roy

Here are some pics of the field. As you can see. It is a gorgeous thing.

Twins - Target Field

Twins - Target Field

Twins - Target Field

Twins - Target Field

Minneapolis Skyline From Target Field

Minneapolis Skyline From Target Field

Minneapolis Skyline From Target Field

Minneapolis Skyline From Target Field

Target Field – The Big Scoreboard

Target Field – The Big Scoreboard

Twins - Target Field

Twins - Target Field

Target Field – The Bullpen

Target Field – The Bullpen

And here is the view from my seat. I got these off Craigslist for $20. It was one of the better purchases I have made in the last few weeks. Not only are they great seats, they were less than face value for the tickets!… by a dollar. They only bad thing about sitting in this spot is that you cannot see the gigantic video board as it is directly above you, and blocked by the underside of the upper deck. Here are some pics from throughout the game as the light changed to night. Also, with these seats, anytime someone hit the ball to left field – like when Punto hit it over Podsednik’s head, I’m pretty sure I was on TV for about a quarter of a second. However, I understand why he may have been thinking about other things, for Christ’s sake, have you seen his wife ?!!?

Target Field – Left Field View

Target Field – Left Field View

Target Field – Left Field View

Target Field – Left Field View

Target Field – Left Field View

Target Field – Left Field View

Target Field – Left Field View

Target Field – Left Field View

And now, onto the food and drinks. Let’s face it, ballpark food is spendy. It becomes even more spendy when you throw in getting something to drink (which is why I never, ever get anything to drink). I went with the Twins big dog and chips ($5.25). I think its a quarter pound beef hot dog and it comes with a bag of chips. Its not a bad deal really, but the next time I go back, I’m getting the regular Twins dog, as it comes with chili and cheese for only $3.75.

Twins Big Dog with Chips

Twins Big Dog with Chips

The new ballpark also features vendors that sell all sorts of different items, like this giant leg of beef where you can get a beef sandwich that is fresh shaved. There were also stir-fry places and nachos and walleye and pork chops on a stick. One of the draws that I went for – in preparation for the State Fair – were some cheese curds ($4.75). They are not cheap, but anytime you deep fry cheese, the results speak for themselves. Plus, they come in this cute little Leinenkugel’s canoe.

Target Field – Hunk o Beef

Target Field – Hunk o Beef

State Fair Cheese Curds

State Fair Cheese Curds

As always, beer is off the charts. Here is one of the many vendors hawking his wares. Regardless of whether you want your beer in a cup or in the bottle, its going to cost you $7. However, the one thing that I did notice was that they did sell some local brews (like Summit and Leinenkugels) for $6.50. I don’t know about you, but I would take a 50 cent savings to get a better beer any day. If you plan on getting your buzz on at the game, be prepared to spend some serious cash. Or, simply get a buzz before you come to the game, or invest in a handy flask, because they only search you if you have a bag on you; i.e. wear shorts with cargo pockets!

Target Field – Beer Vendor

Target Field – Beer Vendor

Lastly, this was the dude I was sitting next to. As usual, he was loud and berating for a bit but they quieted down. It was especially odd to hear him “lovingly” berate our own player in the outfield, until he hit a home run and was then very cordial to him.

Target Field – Typical Fan

Target Field – Typical Fan

At the end of the night though, the Twins won the game 6-2 and it was a perfect end to a great game and a spectacular night for baseball. Are we going to get spoiled up here in Minnesota now that we have outdoor baseball? Well, we probably will, until September and October show up, then who knows.

Target Field – Twins Win

Target Field – Twins Win