Post by giantladder on Nov 30, 2016 16:37:43 GMT -5
In case you're interested in ?uestlove's Bowl Train, we don't have to vacate the premises after THS. Welcome to stay for the duration. T minus 2 hours til I walk through that door to the party of the year!!
the kids at the shows, they'll have kids of their own, and real life sets in, and there are mortgages, and repair bills, and a dog, and jobs and babysitters.
None of that shit rhymes.
add my out of pocket close to $2000 for dental care these past 3 months and I think we may have a hit single.
Oh damn, Teeth Nightmares! I'm in for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday,and still looking for Saturday. Been looking forward for this for a long long time! I can only imagine the amount of confetti. I hope this venue knows what they are in for.
Post by giantladder on Jul 20, 2016 10:31:55 GMT -5
Jeez... Got on the sale at 10 sharp, the three-day pass was gone. Got one for Thursday, and by the time I was done with that, Friday and Saturday were gone too. No freaking way to buy all three in the same transaction?! Not a good morning. Friday better be better.
In my opinion the 6-day build-up to this "announcement" has fanned the fires of speculation a little too hot and I think it is potentially setting some folks up to be disappointed.
If there is no promulgation of new music, if there is no compilation release planned and if there is no record company to speak of, where does the money come from to financially support the backbone expenses of a tour let alone going overseas?
I am taking this all in with realistically tempered expectations and just glad everyone in the band is going to be in the same room for the first time in a long time.
Maybe something bigger comes of it, maybe not.
Whatever does come of it, it is pretty damn exciting.
I've thought for a while that a Wussy/THS/DBT bill could be the event of the summer. Now that Wussy is firmly on Craig's radar, would love to see at least these two bands work together.
At the very least, it'll be a great year!
Of course, the band's announcement was posted before I hit "POST"!
Post by giantladder on Jan 24, 2015 12:10:53 GMT -5
Camie, I am currently looking at two pieces of confetti in my car that I hadn't noticed before, and when I took my phone out of it's case for the first time in months there were three pieces of confetti lodged inside. It's the gift that keeps on giving!
Post by giantladder on Jan 2, 2015 14:52:13 GMT -5
No scene reports yet??
Okay, here goes:
I got to MHOW right about 4 PM on Tuesday for the soundcheck. There were about 25 people on line. I’d say another 10-15 got on line after me. Brendan was checking off the RSVP’s on an official looking clipboard. Ben from Death or Glory Mgmt. gave a rundown of what would happen during the soundcheck/meet and greet. We were given wristbands and were told that these would get us in the doors before anyone else at 8 PM.
They ushered us into the Hall at about 4:20. THS was onstage already. I wasn’t taking notes, but I do remember them playing Constructive Summer, Magazines, Stevie Nix and Citrus (all by request), Spinners (Also a request), Stay Positive and others. Between songs, Craig took some questions, the best of which was, “How did you come up with the name “The Hold Steady”?” Turns out that “Most People are DJs” was already written, and the band had a gig, but no name. After a little brainstorming, he threw out Hold Steady, because he liked bands that referenced themselves in song. (You don’t say!) The runner-up for the band’s name was “Sad Ravers”. Good choice, guys.
About midway through, Craig called up Dave from the crowd. Dave had earned a soundcheck jam for his PledgeMusic pledge. Dave had a beautiful satin black Les Paul Standard. He played “Stuck Between Stations, after getting a short tutorial from Craig on when to come in after the “Mississippi River” breakdown. He stole the lead for that part, which had Tad almost rolling on the floor. He absolutely killed it, and Craig brought him back for an unexpected encore to end the soundcheck. They played for about 40 minutes, then Ben had everyone line up along the side wall for a quick “Hey!” and picture with the band. Along the way, they had a selection of THS posters to choose from. There is supposed to be a link to access the pics, haven’t seen it yet.
Came back just before eight, and as promised was let right into the venue. There were about 15 others inside, and they didn’t let anyone else in until about 8:15. Took a spot dead center right in back of Brendan. Brendan had his GoPro set up, but told me the venue wanted $500 to allow him to shoot pro-video. Everyone was super cool pre-show, the anticipation was high.
So So Glos came on around 9, and really killed it. Great band, super energy and terrific players. And the lead guitarist had on a NY Mets cap, which makes him OK in my book! Will certainly check them out again.
The Hold Steady came on about 10:15. Didn’t notice if they were still using the Lou Reed walk-on music that they had all summer. Finished off my doublewhiskyicenocoke, so I could have my hands free. They started it off with a “Positive Jam”, into “The Swish”. With the first note of “Barfruit Blues”, everyone knew we were in for a treat! They played the first four songs of AKM, then SS, first 5 songs from BAGIA, first two from SP, skipped around HIW a little, and then went off stage.
Came back on after a few minutes, and continued with Spinners, Big Cig, Massive Nights, Stay Positive and closed it out with How A Resurrection Really Feels.
It was one of the wildest, yet respectful, crowds I’ve been in. The first ten feet in front of the stage was a roiling near-riot, everyone happily bumping and sliding off each other. If you lost your footing, three people caught you. I saw a few go down, but they were helped right back up. A couple of crowd surfers, include super-cool dude Evan, who is a dead ringer for Carrot Top!
Unfortunately, I couldn’t make the Wednesday night show, so I hope someone will write that one up.
Met some very cool people, as always, didn’t get names, as usual!! Probably my 20th show or so, best one yet.
Setlist: Positive Jam/The Swish/Barfruit Blues/Most People are DJ’s/Hornets! Hornets!/The Cattle and the Creeping Things/Your Little Hoodrat Friend/Banging Camp/Stuck Between Stations/Chips Ahoy/Hot Soft Light/Same Kooks/First Night/Constructive Summer/Sequestered in Memphis/The Sweet Part of the City/The Only Thing/The Weekenders//Break//Spinners/Big Cig/Massive Nights/Stay Positive/How A Resurrection Really Feels