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Current Mood: content
No, not my ego!
Thanks to the profound generosity of BFF (a.k.a. “Sus“), I was able to attend Depeche Mode’s show last night at the Shoreline with some of our closest friends! Couldn’t you just pee!?
Traffic was a bitch, so unfortunately we all missed She Wants Revenge’s set (they went on at 7pm!). We caught the last few songs of the Scissor Sisters, whom I did not know really outside of their song “Laura.” Well it appears they put on a hell of a show, so we’ll all have to catch them the next time they come this way.
Depeche Mode was amazing, and our seats were obscenely close! DM has become a bit larger than life over the years, so as you can imagine, the stage set and the light show were state-of-the-art. Martin Gore was dressed up like he was ready for the Thunderdome, complete with some yarn tuft shoulder pads and a knit cap that was… well rooster-esque, really. Taylor was most envious. Dave Gahan was out in a vest as usual, singing his heart out and showing he’s still got some stage moves. He wields that mic stand like a Shaolin Monk. Gotta learn me some of them moves.
The setlist was almost exactly what I would have picked, and they played all of my favorite classics that I was hoping to hear… plenty off of “Violator” and well as “Thank You” and most of all, a rendition of “I Feel You” that brought the house down. What a fucking show!
Sus, seriously, thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you. As inflated as my ego is, even I recognize that I don’t deserve to know you.
On a completely unrelated note, I’ve been meaning to talk about our Popscene show back on April 13th. We played a set of almost all new Morrissey solo songs, most of which we were debuting that night! We even kicked it off with a very unexpected “You Have Killed Me!” I felt like we played well, and we all certainly had a great time. The crowd of 500 or so was a little young this time (18 and over), and somehow I felt like they just didn’t quite “get” us. Not that there weren’t several folks singing along in the crowd and on stage with us. Even so, we’ll continue to stick to mainly Smiths, I think. Thank you Popscene for having us back, and thank you friends and gang members who came out to support us! We’d rather play for you guys than anyone!
Last weekend, I went down to Gilroy to watch me dad play an acoustic set. I haven’t seen him play in quite a while, and it was great! He writes and performs blues, folk, roots rock, etc. Sometimes alone and sometimes with a band. Next time he’s playing up here closer to SF, I’ll be promoting the hell out of it so stay tuned. Later that same evening, I joined Nick at Slim’s to catch the last half of “Message Of Love’s” set. They’re a fantastic Pretenders tribute, and I walked in just in time to hear my favorite Pretenders song: “Kid.” I hope This Charming Band gets a chance to play with them sometime. The main attraction though was “Stung,” a well-known Police tribute that we’ll be playing with on May 13th. They’re just a three piece, but they nail the sound of the Police, and it’ll be a blast to play with them next month. Who’s going?
Have any of you been to “Cha Cha Cha” on Haight or in the Mission? It’s like Cuban tapas I think, but it was wonderful. The food was unique and tasty, and the atmosphere was dark and romantic. “Great date place,” says Orlando. And yes I went with him there, but not on a date. That ship has sailed, my friend.
OK, that’s all for now. I have lots I’ve been meaning to write about, but I think this is enough for this afternoon. I’ll sprinkle the rest in over the next few entries. By the way, the best quote of the night last night goes to Taylor:
Taylor: “Whenever I hear this song, I imagine myself in the video dancing around in my underwear.”
Benjamin: “Oh, I haven’t seen this video.”
Taylor: “Me neither.”