10. St Vincent, 2/15/10 Bottleneck Lawerence KS.
After catching her twice the previous year. I made a little trek across the state to see her at a venue I had not been to for 8 years. She did not disappoint.
It was a awesome set, the one that makes you want to come back out as soon as possible and see another. I ended up doing that and almost died in the process shitty story, moving along.
9. Foxy Shazam, The Old Rock House St Louis.
Foxy Shazam 10/20/10
What can I say about this band. I first got to know them by checking out a free instore at my favorite record store Vintage Vinyl. I bought their CD and got two tickets to see them open for Hole. I ended up getting to the show late and only caught the last two songs. I couldn’t wait to see them again.
A few months later they were back and I knew I had to go. Even if that meant missing various other great shows that evening. When he told this Jack Nicolson story I knew I had made the right choice.
Foxy Shazam’s live show can be pretty crazy sometimes a perfect example comes around 5:31 in this next video. I couldn’t believe what I had seen……
They have a show lined up already next year for Janurary you know where I’ll be.
8. Drive By Truckers
Drive By Truckers The Pageant St. Louis, MO. 10/02/10
Sometimes I am spontaneous and go to shows on just a whim. That was certainly the case with Drive By Truckers. After seeing a great opening set during the summer Tom Petty Tour. I ended up being off of work the night of their headlining show here. I had no choice, I had to go.
Everything about this show was great, everyone including the security was relaxed. They put on a great show alternating singers between songs really gives a nice variety to the show.
I enjoyed the occasional slide guitar they played during certain songs.
They played great and everyone enjoyed as you can clearly see by the crowd reaction as they retake the stage for the encore.
7. Jackson Browne and David Lindley
I didn’t expect this show to be so good or make my top ten but surprises are sometimes fun. It was either mothers day or close to my mom’s birthday when I got the email saying Jackson Browne was coming to town. I knew he was one of my moms favorite musicians so I jumped at the chance to buy tickets.
I enjoyed the set and got a first hand education on the talented David Lindley who mostly played the slide guitar throughout the set.
While I enjoyed the set my mom loved it, it felt good to be able to see her so happy. She really enjoyed ” Rock Me On The Water”
Needless to say she enjoyed her gift and the show very much. Well worth the money spent, Jackson Browne is a great performer.
6. Van’s Warped Tour 2010 Bonner Springs KS
This one is tough to write about as it was the most life changing moment in all of my year of 2010. It started off so innocently and ended so tragically.
First I made the 5 hour drive in less than 4.5 hours, I was skating to Kansas. I pushed about 75-80 the entire way with minimal stops. I made it to the gas station right before the venue. I picked up two tall boys. I remember sitting in the car, AC blasting pounding these beers as mass amounts of kids waited in line.
As the line moved I pounded my ritual 2 bottles of water, snuck an entire other bottle of Vodka in with me and proceeded to get warped.
First band on my list at the bright and early time of 11 a.m was the almighty PENNYWISE, I scored a rail spot and enjoyed myself as the oven of the day started to preheat to a heat index of 105 +. I knew what Pennywise would close with but did not expect the special guest that joined them for ” Bro Hymm”
Epic to say the least. The next band on my to do list for the day was Shawn The Clown from Slipknot’s Side Project ” DIRTY LITTLE RABBITS”. Sadly the singer was suffering from a broken foot and Shawn had a family situation and couldn’t make it. That didn’t stop them from playing a amazing set and I watched the entire thing. My favorite song they did was called ” Happy”.
After that set I needed some shade and warm shots of Vodka to ease the pain of the intense heat. Followed by some healthy water doses I was ready to endure more heat. The next band I had to see was The Dillenger Escape plan. You wouldn’t know it was insanely hot by the way they played. Intense doesnt even begin to cover it.
After a bit of wondering and more warm vodka shots I was ready to find something else to watch and found it in the form of IWRESTLEDABEAR once. I will be honest like a lot of bands on the tour I watched them because of the cool name. The wall of Death was the highlight of their set for me.
After A bit more shade it was fun time for me. I love seeing the Reel Big Fish, A Lot. They always make me smile and put on a great show. This one was no exception.
Always full of fun and humor this set was my favorite of day, The band Tip The Van Joined them for ” She Has Girlfriend Now “.
The ended their set one a high note with a brief cover of ” Enter Sandman” right into the crowd favorite ” Beer “.
At this point it was about 6 p.m still two hours of warped to go, but what to do? I needed to sober up so the answer was easy, go see more bands.
I remember this part of my day crystal clear as if it was a HD movie playing over and over in my head. I saw this photographer throughout the day on crutches with a broken foot. I went up to talk to him and commend him on his dedication of his craft.
We are walking he is trying to tell me about his website and out of the corner of my eye I notice something disturbing. It was a lifeless body with one person at his side, and everything else just became backround noise.
After a moment the lady at his side was yelling for paramedics who were on the scene in a flash. I watched for maybe 5 minutes as they beat on his lifeless chest. I felt horrible and helpless. Soon after a great crowd gathered around the area as people stood by gawking.
I felt horrible seeing that, and felt worse walking no more than 20-30 feet away to watch Suicide Silence. I figured that would be better than watching the other scene.
It felt so wrong trying to enjoy a show, while someone else is dying in the backround. Every now and again through the pit you could see his lifeless shoe’s still on the ground as Paramedics tried to bring him back. I left that show feeling sick. The entire way home all I could picture was me laying in his spot and being the one that wasn’t as lucky.
I came home went to bed, and awoke to the new’s I was dreading hearing. The man had passed away, to hit closer to home he was my age and in good health. The heat can kill, we all need to respect that and be careful out there.
His name was Curtis Alan Deforest or just Alan to his friends and family and I will never, ever forget him. R.I.P Alan, I am sure you will be at the next warped in spirit.