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    New Flyer:

    ...if anybody from WC comes, please say hi or something of the like...
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    Off to the Green Man Festival in the Brecon beacons this weekend....folk , indie , cinema , excellent food and torrential rain.
    • CommentTimeAug 17th 2009
    Saw NIN back on the Downward Spiral tour. Good show. Going to see Clutch at the end of September and looking into seeing Dinosaur Jr. at the end of October. More concert activity than I've seen in quite a while...
    • CommentTimeAug 21st 2009
    File under AWW HELL YES CUBED: During my trip to NYC John Zorn is playing a birthday show at The Stone!

    I wonder how early one should start queuing for the tickets...
  3.  (6553.5)
    wow, that would be fucking awesome to see zorn
    • CommentAuthordot_xom
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd 2009
    Ladies and gents, I present to you the most ridiculous line-up ever: ZZ Top, Simple Minds... and NERD. I honestly want to know what the organizers were smoking when they thought this was a good idea.
    • CommentAuthorDC
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd 2009
    A few months ago I went to the first Guano Apes concert of their new tour. Don't know ow but they came to our student's "end of year festival". I was on the first row and I was really afraid because the audience was just crazy (lots of stupid drunk students) and the security was crap, they couldn't control anything and when the bars were collapsing they just improvised some bars to hold when the others were almost giving away. The concert was interrupted so they could replace 2 bars that collapsed. Don't know how anyone didn't get hurt except for a girl who fell and got crushed between the audience and the bars.

    Today I'm watching Windsor for the Derby and Black Bombain. It's a series of free concerts on my city, around 2 free concerts every month until February. Last month was L'Enfance Rouge (look out for them, they're really good) and Interm.ission.
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd 2009
    I just found out about the Mastadon and Dethklok fall tour, with Converge and High On Fire. Then I realized they are playing within walking distance of my house. Now I have to find a two month distraction so I don't spend my idle moments staring at the calender and wishing time would speed up.
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd 2009
    I started going to live shows in 84, and having been an entertainment editor for a newspaper, then a magazine, through the early-mid 90's, I've seen a metric fuckload of bands. There are very few acts at this point that I've wanted to see live that I haven't. Some memorable ones were...

    1985 - Motley Crue/Ozzy (shout at the Devil + Bark at the Moon tour) - Before Crue became a 'hit band' with Theatre of Pain and their chick-pleasing-ballads, the guitarist of my band at the time and I drove 120 miles to the shitty Spokane Coliseum to see this show. It was one of the most insane shows in terms of the crowd reaction alone... spiked gloves, belts and wristbands hadn't been outlawed yet at shows and the majority of the 2k crowd in the pit were hopped-up/drunk/high crazy fuckers who were there to get as insane as was humanly possible. The guy next to me took a spiked gauntlet to the side of his head, and blood went gushing everywhere. I saw at least 20 people get helped over the rail by security, bleeding and wounded in just Crue's set alone. The raw energy from the bands just made it all that much more over the top. Dangerous, scary and fun.

    1986 - Jane's Addiction - the Scream in LA. (multiple shows) During the club years, Jane's was know for doing two sets. They'd do a first set all aucoustic, and come back 30-90 minutes later and do another set 'electric'. It was very obvious at the time that Perry and Dave were shooting up on the break between sets, because you could count on 50% of the time, one of them being 'on the nod' during the second set... with one notable occassion being so bad that Dave's lolled against his amps, befor sliding to the floor like a puppet with its string severed. The shows where they were 'on', it was magic... one of those club gigs where you know you are watching history. The ones where they were completely ripped out of their minds? Notsomuch. (Note: Guns and Roses during this period were similar at venues like the Cathouse. Brilliant when 'on', horrible when not)

    1990 - NIN - The Cactus Club, San Jose. Pretty Hate Machine had just come out two weeks prior, and a friend had tickets to this show which happened to co-incide with me driving through town on the way to LA. I had heard Terrible Lie, and Down In It in the car on the way to the show, but other than that, had no idea what the band sounded like, or what the songs were. In a tiny little venue that fit maybe 400-500 people, it was one of the single best shows I've ever seen. Tight, furious, raging and intense. Listening to PHM after the show, i was dissapointed by how 'tame' it was in comparison (and loved Broken because it captured more of the feel of that club show.) I also found out a couple years ago, that Laurenn McCubbin was at that show as well. Small world and all of that.

    1992 - Lollapalooza 2. Seeing Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Ministry, Lush, Jesus & Mary Chain, and the RHCP within a 12 hour span was an amazing thing. Pearl Jam, who I've seen many times, has never matched the physicality or intensity they had on this tour, with Veddar climbing the scaffolding and dropping 15-20 feet into the crowd on his back. Ministry had a literal WALL of amps, 15 feet high, that covered the entire stage, and starting off with the staccato opening riff of NWO, with 5 guitarists, I literally felt my heart misfire, and skip beats. Music so loud, i felt like my organs were going to dissolve.

    ...I'll try to come back to this later with more. Gotta get back to work now.
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd 2009
    Best shows I've been to:
    Tom Waits (I may have been the only one under 40 there) He played for 3 hours, and put on a great show. As a bonus his banter was awesome.

    Girl Talk- giant dance party though the second night I saw him I nearly got trampled and was covered in bruises and icky sweatdensation afterward.

    This little bitty Psychobilly Showdown in Bozeman that was just a good ol' time (burlesque and all kinds of Blank-abilly bands)

    Vampire Weekend in Missoula was fun and a great first exposure to them.

    First Concert was the Rolling Stones on one of their many many last tours. Something about Exiting I think it was called

    I love concerts but I have a gift/curse that the strangest people in the room will find and surround me. So it makes concert going something...
    • CommentAuthorsacredchao
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd 2009
    A friend and I once attacked a security guard to get into the pit at a Slipknot show (yeah, yeah...I was like 17. Give me a break). The singer saw it and promised it would be on the DVD. Later, on the radio, the clown guy called it the most extreme thing he'd seen at a Slipknot show. For some reason, they wound up using the London gig instead for the DVD, so that was kind of disappointing.

    Only shows I've seen in the last year or so have been my brother's band Fishing with Shotguns. They're pretty cool. He plays the guitar and does this cool thing where he spins it around his back by the strap.

    Also once saw Tool with Meshuggah during the Lateralus tour. It was the second time I'd seen Meshuggah - the first being at Ozfest, but the first I'd seen Tool. I'd really like to see both again some time, especially now that I've become a pretty big Tool fan.

    Other than that, I've seen NiN, System of a Down (twice), and about 100 or so punk bands. I've got tinnitus now, so I try to avoid live music for the most part so it doesn't get any worse.
    • CommentTimeAug 24th 2009 edited
    I have been to... way fewer gigs than I would like, because there aren't enough local artists on my roster and most of my favourites come out to bloody Australia once every few years at best. So far my favourite has been the Matches - their music turned out to sound much better live and I left liking several songs I'd previously skipped over. They have this amazing energy onstage that really translates to the audience - friendliest lively mosh pit ever.

    Pity about their sense of style though :P I have been laughing hysterically at their clothing choices for years and this website layout is appalling. Still, it's sad that I'm unlikely to see them again.
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    this weekend was the anniversary of my first show, 14 years ago. it was MIKE WATT and PRIMUS. im starting to feel old.
  5.  (6553.14)
    Any other whitechapelers off to Reading/Leeds festival?

    I'll be off to reading this weekend, to see many bands including: Radiohead, The Prodigy, The Bronx, Rise Against, Frank Turner, Gaslight Anthem, AFI, Billy Talent, alexisonfire, Deftones, Placebo, The Horrors, Enter Shikari, Mariachi El Bronx, Ian Brown, Bloc Party, Gallows, Metric, Spinnerette, Florence and the Machine, Anti-Flag, Crystal Method, Fight Like Apes, and a bunch of others, though I'm sure some of those bands clash.
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    I'm going to see KMFDM in Philadelphia about a month from now. I don't know if this is a good thing or a bad thing.
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    im a little scared to lay out the money for them in phoenix for the same reason-i dont know if i even want to see this old version of KMFDM
    • CommentTimeAug 24th 2009
    Apparently they still throw a helluva party. At least my friends dug the show in Helsinki.
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    OM - October 15 at DC9 in Washington DC. I will be there... out of my mind, but there.
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    I've got tinnitus now, so I try to avoid live music for the most part so it doesn't get any worse.

    I saw RAtM and The Jesus Lizard back in the 1990s when they were doing a tour with enough sound equipment for a stadium tour. The show I went to was in an indoor college basketball arena, and the arena staff actually let the bands pile their speakers up in the middle of the floor and blast it. It was scary loud outside the arena during the sound check. On the way home we blew out the rear speakers in the car because we couldn’t hear anything. I couldn’t have a conversation for three days unless people screamed into my ears, and loud noise has made them ring ever since. But it was worth it, because those bands put on the best goddamned live show I’ve ever seen. Even better than GWAR.

    As for pit stories, maybe it’s just a Southern thing, but I never ended up in a bad pit. At the worst someone would start trouble and promptly get his ass tossed out. I have seen a pit on a lawn at a Pantera show yank a security guy into the crowd and tear his clothing off. IIRC that was the same show where the entire lawn was torn up, the show stopped, and police called in to stop a small riot that ensued. Goddamn Ozzfest was great before nu-metal went commercial.

    Anyway, the nails show kicked off here in NYC over the weekend, and people were lined up around the block to get into Webster Hall. I skipped it, and I was regretting it until I saw that the set list included the entire Downward Spiral—I’m just too old for that much Clinton era emo angst. But it seems like those who went had a great time.

    I'm going to see KMFDM in Philadelphia about a month from now. I don't know if this is a good thing or a bad thing.
  10.  (6553.20)
    Best shows I've been to:
    Tom Waits

    Gah! Super jealous! I don't think he's toured Australia since before I was born.