Tag: San Francisco

Watch Bob Weir and Phil Lesh Sing The National Anthem Before Game 2 Of The NLCS

Watch Bob Weir and Phil Lesh Sing The National Anthem Before Game 2 Of The NLCS

As a native son of the Bay Area, you know watching Bob and Phil sing the National Anthem before a Giants playoff game is something very special. So you know we have to share this here and cross our fingers Bud Selig does not kick this off of YouTube. We of course also have to point out that Joe Buck’s annoying voice ruins this clip at the end and photo credit of Bob, Phil and Giants pitcher Barry Zito goes to TRI Studios. Enjoy.

http://youtu.be/UJ_RWyeVX7s

 

 

Outside Lands Announces Daily Lineups, Single Day Tickets

Outside Lands Announces Daily Lineups, Single Day Tickets

The Outside Lands Music Festival has announced daily lineups for the 2012 edition of their wonderful festival. The festival has also announced that single day tickets will once again be available. They will go on sale Friday July 20th at 10 am PST. For more information you can check out the festival’s official website by clicking here.

Treasure Island Music Festival Returns To San Francisco This October

Treasure Island Music Festival Returns To San Francisco This October

The Treasure Island Music Festival is set to return for a 6th year. Located on the island that connects the Bay Bridge between San Francisco and Oakland the festival will once again feature a first day of EDM jams (with a side serving of hip hop from the likes of Public Enemy and The Coup) and a second day filled with all of all your favorite indie rock darlings. Tickets are set to go on sale this Wednesday 06/27/12 and you can click here to check out the price breakdown and parking information. The line up for the festival is down below the official event trailer.

Saturday October 13th, 2012

Girl Talk

The Presets

Porter Robinson

Public Enemy

SBTRKT

Tycho

Araabmuzik

Matthew Dear

Toro Y Moi

Grimes

The Coup

K. Flay

Dirty Ghosts

Sunday October 14th, 2012

The XX

M83

Gossip

Best Coast

Divine Fits

Youth Lagoon

Los Campesinos!

The War on Drugs

Ty Segall

Hospitality

Imperial Teen

The Neighbourhood

 

 

2012 Outside Lands Music Festival Announces Initial Artist Details

2012 Outside Lands Music Festival Announces Initial Artist Details

Last year our man Reverend Justito returned home to San Francisco where he enjoyed all three days of Outside Lands. Knowing this year he would not be able to make it, he was praying for a terrible lineup. Of course his prayers were not answered as Outside Lands is back with one of its best lineups yet. Headliners include beloved Bay Area natives Metallica and Neil Young and Crazy Horse. Also high up on the list are the likes of Foo Fighters, Jack White and Stevie Wonder.

Three Day Passes go on sale Thursday April 19th at 12 noon PST. Prices will go up as each “level” sells out. Click here for all the ticketing details. To read our reviews from Outside Lands 2011, click here, here and here.

 

2012 Outside Lands Line Up:

Metallica

Stevie Wonder

Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Jack White

Foo Fighters

Beck

Skrillex

Sigur Ros

Justice

Norah Jones

Dispatch

The Kills

Regina Spektor

Passion Pit

Andrew Bird

Grandaddy

Big Boi (maybe he will make it on time this year)

Bloc Party

Explosions In The Sky

Santigold

Franz Ferdinand

MSTRKRFT

Rebelution

Die Antwoord

Fitz and the Tantrums

Portugal. The Man

Amadou & Mariam

Wolfgang Gartner

fun.

Dr. Dog

The Walkman

Washed Out

City and Colour

Two Gallants

Of Monsters and Men

Mimosa

Alabama Shakes

Reggie Watts

Trampled By Turtles

Tame Impala

Jovanotti

The Be Good Tanyas

Geographer

Sharon Van Etten

Yacht

Sean Hayes

Bomba Estereo

Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Big Gigantic

The Oh Sees

Wallpaper

Tennis

Zola Jesus

White Denim

Allen Stone

The M Machine

Michael Kiwanuka

Tanlines

Father John Misty

Electric Guest

Caveman

Yellow Ostrich

Papa

Honey Island Swamp Band

Animal Kingdom

Artist Update 05/16/12:

Tom Morello: The Nightwatchmen

Antibalas

Jukebox The Ghost

Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons

Futurebirds

Infantree

 

My Morning Jacket Announce December US Tour

My Morning Jacket Announce December US Tour

My Morning Jacket will sneak across the US for a quick tour this December. The band is out in support of the recently released album “Circuital.” The trek will kick off in scenic Universal City, CA on December 1st and wrap with the bands triumphant return to Madison Square Garden on December 14th. Acts set to join Jim James and crew on the tour include Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Delta Spirit and Band of Horses. Dates for the tour are below the nifty viral video the band has produced to support their latest journey across America.

My Morning Jacket December 2011 Tour Announcement! from My Morning Jacket on Vimeo.

 

Dates for the trek are as follow:

12-01 Los Angeles, CA – Gibson Amphitheatre #

12-02 San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic #
12-06 Tulsa, OK – Brady Theatre ^
12-07 Dallas, TX – Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie ^
12-08 Houston, TX – Verizon Wireless Theatre ^
12-10 Boca Raton, FL – Sunset Cove Amphitheatre ^
12-11 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live ^
12-12 Greensboro, NC – War Memorial Auditorium ^
12-14 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden *

# with Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
^ with Delta Spirit
* with Band of Horses

 

Bison b.c. Hit The Road In Support of Dark Ages

Bison b.c. Hit The Road In Support of Dark Ages

Last fall we caught a band called Bison b.c. open for the mighty Helmet in Redondo Beach, CA. The boys from Bison b.c. plan to spend fall 2011 on the road in North America supporting their phenomenal 2010 release Dark Ages (one of Reverend Justito’s Top 10 records of 2010). In addition to their current dates with Weedeater, Saviours and Fight Amp, the Vancouver natives plan a headline trek across their native land. Dates for the tour are below and make sure to stop by Indiemerchstore.com for all your Bison b.c. goods. A complete list of tour dates are below.

BISON b.c.

Tour w/ Weedeater, Saviours, Fight Amp

09/15   Columbus, OH              Outland Live

09/16   Grand Rapids, MI          The Pyramid Scheme

09/17   Chicago, IL                   Reggies

09/18   Marquette, MI               Upfront and Co.

09/19   Minneapolis, MN           Triple Rock Social Club

09/20   Rock Island, IL              Rock Island Brewing Co.

09/23   Denver, CO                   Larimer Lounge

09/24   Salt Lake City, UT         Burt’s Tiki Lounge

09/26   Seattle, WA                  The Highline

09/27   Vancouver, BC              The Rickshaw Theatre

09/28   Portland, OR                 Branx

09/29   San Francisco, CA         The Independent

10/01   San Diego, CA               Soda Bar

10/02   Los Angeles, CA                        The Key Club

10/03   Tempe, AZ                    TBA

10/04   Albuquerque, NM          The Launchpad

10/06   Austin, TX                    Emo’s

10/07   Houston, TX                 Fitzgerald’s

10/08   New Orleans, LA           Siberia

10/09   Atlanta, GA                   The Earl

10/10   Athens, GA                   New Earth Music Hall

10/11   Tallahassee, FL             The Engine Room

10/12   Tampa, FL                    The Orpheum

10/14   Savannah, GA               The Jinx

End Tour

Canadian Headlining Tour

10/19   Ottawa, ON                  Café De Kcuf

10/20   Kingston, ON                The Mansion

10/21   London, ON                  Call The Office

10/22   Toronto, ON                  Bovine Sex Club w/ C’mon (final show), Burning Love, Miesha and the Spanks

10/24   Thunder Bay, ON          Jack’s

10/26   Winnipeg, MB               The Zoo

10/27   Regina, SK                    The Exchange

10/28   Saskatoon, SK              Amigos

10/29   Edmonton, AB               Starlite Room

10/31   Calgary, AB                   Commonwealth

11/01   Fernie, BC                     The Northern

11/02   Kamloops, BC                Pogue Mahone

Dinosaur Jr. Bring Bug To The West Coast

Dinosaur Jr. Bring Bug To The West Coast

Earlier this year, you may remember our man Jay Porks catching Dinosaur Jr. rocking their album Bug from front to back in New York City. You may also remember our man Jay Porks catching Henry Rollins having a heart to heart with Dinosaur Jr. before they rocked Bug from front to back. With a successful East Coast run in the rearview mirror, the team of Dinosaur Jr. and Henry Rollins plan to bring the show out west this December. The six night run kicks off in Orange County on December 12th and wraps December 17th in Seattle.

If catching Dinosaur Jr. out west simply isn’t enough for you the band is re-releasing their first three albums on vinyl October 4th. You can click here to pre-order those now.

 

Dinosaur Jr. w/ Henry Rollins Tour Dates a/o 09/12/11

12/12 – Costa Mesa, CA @ Segerstrom CFA
12/13 – Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
12/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Music Box
12/15 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
12/16 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
12/17 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market

 

Mastodon Announce 2011 North American Tour Dates

Mastodon Announce 2011 North American Tour Dates

With their new album The Hunter due to hit shelves at the end of this month, Mastodon have announced dates for a North American Headline tour. In addition to an appearance at the Voodoo Music Experneice in New Orleans on Saturday October 29th the band will be performing in most major markets during the five week run. Coming along for the tour will be Red Fang and Dillinger Escape Plan. You can check out the first single from Mastodon’s new album here. Dates for the trek can be found below.

Mastodon 2011 Tour Dates:
10/25 – Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa
10/27 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgeralds
11/01 – Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern Theatre
11/02 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
11/03 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
11/05 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
11/06 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
11/07 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
11/08 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
11/09 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
11/11 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
11/12 – Milwaukee, WI @ Rave Ballroom
11/13 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
11/14 – Kansas City, MO @ The Beaumont
11/16 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit
11/17 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room
11/19 – New York City, NY @ Terminal 5
11/20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
11/21 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
11/23 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
11/25 – Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
11/26 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
11/27 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
11/28 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
11/29 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
12/01 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues

Anthrax Teams With Testament and Death Angel For US Tour

Anthrax Teams With Testament and Death Angel For US Tour

With a new album entitled Worship Music set to hit shelves on September 13th, Anthrax has announced dates for an American tour. The trek kicks off October 14th in Grand Rapids Michigan and will cover most of the nation over five weeks. While Anthrax will close all shows, the tour will feature co-headliners Testament while Death Angel will cover the opening duties.

The American tour follows a hometown appearance for Anthrax at Yankees Stadium as part of The Big Four with Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth.

Pre-sale is underway via AnthraxArmy.com while public on sales begin Friday September 9th.  For more information, make sure you check out Anthrax.com. Complete tour dates are listed below.

 

2011 Anthrax American Tour Dates

September

14 Yankees Stadium – New York, NY

October
14 Orbit Room, Grand Rapids, MI
15 Congress Theatre, Chicago, IL
16 First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
18 The Cotillion, Wichita, KS
19 Summit Music Hall, Denver, CO
22 Nokia LA Live, Los Angeles, CA
23 Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA
24 House of Blues, San Diego, CA
26 Sunshine Theatre, Albuquerque, NM
28 South Side Music Hall, Dallas, TX
29 Emo’s East, Austin, TX
30 Warehouse Live, Houston, TX

November
1 House of Blues, Orlando, FL
2 Revolution, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
4 House of Blues, Myrtle Beach, SC
5 Fillmore Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
6 The Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD
8 Northern Lights, Clifton Park, NY
10 Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA
11 Palladium, Worcester, MA
15 Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NY
17 Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
19 Rave, Milwaukee, WI

 

Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival Day 3: 08/14/11 – San Francisco, CA

Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival 08/14/11

Golden Gate Park – San Francisco, CA

Words/Photos by Reverend Justito

After a wonderful breakfast with my parents, my crew and I were en route to the city for the final day of Outside Lands. A weird day in the sense that I only wanted to see three bands (of course two were at the same time), but the two I wanted to see were the biggest draws at the festival for me not named Phish. With hardly a cloud in the sky, we entered the gates and enjoyed every last minute of our day together in Golden Gate Park.

The Barbary

My wonderful hosts for the weekend (thank you again for everything James and Kelly) had a friend who was performing at some point in The Barbary. What is The Barbary you ask? Well The Barbary was a tent set up on the polo field that featured comedy, vaudeville and as one person was overheard saying “a shit ton of carny’s.” Some of the bigger names to grace the tent (who I was unable to catch) included Paul F. Tompkins and Gallagher. Here is a rundown on what I did witness.

Renegade Rockers – a four piece break dancing crew who can move their bodies in ways I can only dream of.

Bullwhip Tango – two gals with some serious snake dancing and sword balancing skills. Oh and then this dude with a bullwhip came out and destroyed a bunch of flowers held in various positions.

Ethan Law and his amazing Cyr Wheel.

I also was lucky enough to catch two quick songs from The Barbary house band Jazz Mafia. I have been told that Jazz Mafia has hundreds of members, but on this occasion they only had four. The four rocking the tent were not only insanely talented, but a lot of fun to watch.

Grouplove

With time to kill, I suggested we check out Los Angeles up-and-comers Grouplove. The good news is that there was a massive crowd surrounding the tiny Panhandle Stage (the smallest stage at Outside Lands, it runs 100% on solar power). The bad news is we were so far back; we were unable to hear them. So we did what most folks did; sat down drank a beer and enjoyed the company of each other.

!!!

Still enjoying the company of each other, I decided to run (and yes I ran and yes my shorts almost fell of and yes I almost took out a three year old which is why I stopped running) over to the Twin Peaks stage to see what !!! is all about. Yeah, much like STRFKR the day before, not my thing so I headed back to my crew for more lounging in the park.

John Fogerty

Little known fact – John Fogerty and I share a birthday. It is this reason and this reason alone that I went to check out his main stage set. OK, that’s a lie; I went to check out his main stage set so I could get closer to the bands that performed after him. Well that and the fact the man is a living legend.

As far as the set goes, Fogerty did a great job of rocking the ever-growing crowd. He did a fine job of walking the line between playing material from his solo career and hits from CCR. Some of the bigger hits that I recognized included “Lodi” “Have You Ever Seen The Rain?” “Fortunate Son” and “Down On The Corner.” Chances are I would have never gone out and see Fogerty on his own, but at the ripe age of 56 I have to say the man can still rock.

The Decemberists

Back in 2007 I saw The Decemberists perform at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. While I wanted to see the band perform again, I just had this fear that nothing could top that magical night under the stars. With The Hazards Of Love in heavy rotation these days I was finally ready for round two with the Portland Oregon based band.

The group got the massive main stage crowd up on their feet as soon as the opening notes of “July, July!” For the next 70 minutes the band made the crowd laugh, fight, scream and check their dictionary.com smart phone in order to decipher the lyrics of front man Colin Meloy. As a matter of fact, Meloy was in fine form on this Sunday afternoon. When not begging the Michele Bachmann 2012 Presidential Campaign to use the groups “Calamity Song” out on the campaign trail, Meloy was encouraging fans to camel fight during “The Soldiering Life.”

I felt the highlight of the set was “Won’t Want for Love (Margaret in the Taiga)” which featured former Nickel Creek member Sara Watkins on lead vocal. Watkins (who is currently filling in for keyboardist Jenny Conlee while she kicks the crap out of breast cancer) somehow managed to make her vocals sound better live than the original vocals on the Hazards record.

After great takes of “We Both Go Down Together” “O Valencia!” and “This Is Why We Fight” the group closed with “The Mariner’s Revenge Song.” Part performance art, part rock opera and some serious crowd participation made this the perfect closer for the quirky yet loveable Northwestern rockers. While a 70 minute festival set can no way compare to a night at the Bowl with the LA Phil, The Decemberists not only outshined Arcade Fire, but were the best set I caught at Outside Lands by a band not named Phish.

Arcade Fire

It was basically a year ago when The Suburbs dropped into my lap after a trip home to San Francisco. There is always a depression that comes over me in the days after I visit my home town and return to Los Angeles.  Not really an Arcade Fire fan, The Suburbs not only helped ease the pain that comes from giving up The City for a life in Los Angeles, but made me realize that perhaps there was something truly special about Arcade Fire. If my extended trip home had to come to an end, I felt good knowing that it would end with another round with the life changing musicians who call Montreal home.

Taking the stage a few minutes before their announced 8:10 pm start time Arcade Fire got the crowd going with “Ready To Start.” The early part of the set was filled with songs from The Suburbs including “Empty Room” and “Rocco.” Much like Colin Meloy of The Decemberists; Arcade Fire front man Win Butler was very chatty. When not sharing his love of San Francisco while making sure to get some jokes in about the high cost of living, he was encouraging folks to donate to relief efforts in Haiti before playing the song that shares a name with the struggling nation.

As the 90 minute set progressed the band rewarded the young rabid fan base who had waited up front all day for their heroes with their biggest numbers. While it may have been lost upon the Grammy audience, “Month of May” is the perfect Polo Field rocker while “Rebellion (Lies)” actually caused the crowd to pogo up and down like one would see at a European festival. The biggest highlight of the set was the closing song “Neighborhood #3 (Power Out).”  Some kids crowd surfed, others freaked out as group rocked the masses hard while swallowed by bright red lights.

With a few minutes remaining before the strict 9:45 pm curfew, the grateful band returned with 1-2 punch of “Wake Up” and “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains).” While the day job may have ruined “Wake Up” I was thrilled that the entire weekend would end with the powerful “Sprawl II.” From the pulsating drums to the hypnotic vocals of Regine Chassagne this song is why Arcade Fire is one of the most powerful bands of their generation.

So with that my first trip to Outside Lands was complete. Sure there were a few hiccups, but overall a truly magical event that I am thankful I was finally able to be part of. Hope to be back in 2012.

 

 

Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival Day 2: 08/13/11 – San Francisco, CA

Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival 08/13/11

Golden Gate Park – San Francisco, CA

Words/Photos by Reverend Justito

With plenty of bands I wanted to catch spread across Golden Gate Park for the Saturday section of the 2011 Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, you could compare my experience to that of a pinball. I bounced from stage to stage (and porta-potty to porta-potty) all day catching bits of performances from as many artists as I could.

The Greyboy All Stars

The All-Stars were rocking the main stage as we arrived at the festival. I managed to catch the final two songs. Not bad, but jam bands with horns have never been my thing. At least I can cross them off the list.

STRFKR

Some of our pals from the Pacific Northwest recently caught Starfucker (STRFKR) and shared that it was a good show. Taking their word my pals and I headed over to the Twin Peaks stage to check them out. Knowing that there would be no light show, I had hoped that the band would not disappoint my pals, but that was not to be the case. It’s not that STRFKR sucked as much as I assumed it would be something radically different. The dance/electronica elements were there, but my impression was the band had more bite. I am not a huge fan of the Weezer/Jimmy Eat World  pop-emo sound which is a very large part of STRFKR’s sound. The band (who all looked as if they are not old enough to legally purchase alcohol in the United States) does what they do well, sounded tight and pleased a large number of fans as the fog burned off above the park. However, STRFKR simply isn’t my cup of tea.

The 2010 World Series Trophy

Not feeling STRFKR, my pals and I decided to check out the Sports Tent in search of when the Minnesota Vikings would be making their first pre-season appearance. It was around that time that the mighty Jerko texted me with the news that the World Series Trophy was on display. As a lifelong San Francisco Giants fan that has spent the last decade in Los Angeles this was a big f’n deal. Unable to drive to San Luis Obispo or Scottsdale, AZ for the trophy tour this was my once in a lifetime chance to get my photo with the World Series gold. When it comes to Outside Lands 2011, the trophy was the second coolest thing I saw all weekend (Phish of course being the coolest). Thank you Outside Lands for bringing the trophy to the park.

Sia

Any women who requests the seed of men from the crowd with the promise to send the child in the post 9 months later is A—OK in my book. While I doubt I will run to my local Best Buy and pick up her latest compact disc, the three songs I caught were good. She has a pretty voice, colorful appearance and a great sense of humor.

Arctic Monkeys

Technically didn’t see them, but could hear a solid chunk of the set as I ate a delicious Shrimp Po’ Boy. What I heard only pumped me up for the chance to see them next month at the Hollywood Bowl. It appears the rumors are true, much like Phish these cats are all about the live show versus studio albums.

Old 97’s

I have been on an Old 97’s kick the past 18 months. I was shocked to see just how empty the Sutro Stage was for their late afternoon appearance. After watching four songs, I think I know why. The band was boring and seemed as if they didn’t really want to be there. At least I got to see “Lonely Holiday” live in between songs from their recent album The Grand Theatre, Volume 2.

The Black Keys

Hitting the main stage and seeing 55,000 people waiting for The Black Keys answered the question as to where everyone was for the Old 97’s. I was stoked to see the sons of Akron, Ohio, but it was clear that would not be the case. At SIXfootONE I usually have no issue seeing at shows. Yet the closest I could get was about ¼ of a mile away from the stage. With a bright sun setting behind the stage and many objects in the way I had to jump to catch just a glimpse of the duo. While the sound where I was left a lot to be desired, I did manage to catch the group kick out tasty jams including “Thickfreakness” and “Next Girl” before heading over to catch The Roots.

The Roots

My main partner in crime this weekend is a huge fan of The Roots. They were his can’t miss act of the weekend. Since he hung with me for both sets of Phish, I could at least return the favor and check out The Roots with him. I am glad I did as they put on a phenomenal show. The energy over at the Twin Peaks stage was intense as ?uestlove and friends bashed out jams (often without stopping) from their entire catalogue. The only original I knew the title of was “The Seed” but that didn’t stop me from dancing my ass off, especially when the group busted out covers by Guns ‘n’ Roses and Led Zeppelin.

Warren Haynes Band

No disrespect to Matt Abts, but I have always felt that Gov’t Mule was Warren Haynes Band. I was curious what would make this different. As it turns out, horns. As we just learned, I am not really into horn driven jam bands. Walking up towards the end of the set, Haynes and company were mid jam on the song “Invisible.” Sadly with Muse having just hit the main stage a few hundred yards away the sound from the Sutro stage suffered. The group closed their set with the Haynes classic “Soulshine.” I had a feeling this would end the show and I was glad that I was right as it’s a great song.

Muse

Had I not seen Muse two weeks earlier (and last fall for that matter) I would have secured a sweet spot for their set after The Black Keys had finished. But with Girl Talk playing across the park I decided to skip Muse this time. I did walk past as they played “Hysteria” to a packed Polo Field. All of my pals who saw Muse loved them, but felt the Oakland show last fall was a superior performance.

Girl Talk

I know some folks love Girl Talk and I know some folks hate Girl Talk. As someone who is clueless about DJ dance trance electro world, my knowledge of Girl Talk is that he gets up there and basically mashes up other people’s hits while a bunch of barely legal girls high on ecstasy dance around on stage. As someone with severe ADHD, it sounded like a sweet concept and I am glad to report that I was correct. I managed to catch about 45 minutes of Gregg Michael Gillis’ set and it was the most fun I had all day (well, except for the World Series trophy). I mean who knew that Nirvana and Belinda Carlisle sounded so good together? While I don’t know if I would pay to see a headline performance, with constant stimulation via an ever changing soundscape (and not to mention killer light show) Girl Talk was not only the right choice for me, but a fun way to wrap day two at Outside Lands.

Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival Day 1: 08/12/11 – San Francisco, CA

Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival 08/12/11

Golden Gate Park – San Francisco, CA

Words/Photos by Reverend Justito

Over the past few years, I have come home to the Bay Area on Outside Lands weekend. Yet instead of watching historic performances by the likes of Pearl Jam, Widespread Panic and Ween I have watched friends get married. With no nuptials planned for 2011 I purchased my three day pass the second they went on sale.

Phantogram

My friends and I hit the park Friday afternoon as New York based Phantogram were performing on the Sutro stage. Most of their set was spent waiting in line for an alcohol ID and then of course for the first of many $9 beers. With a large crowd gathered, I enjoyed what I heard of the duo (who performed as a trio live) and confirmed that I indeed need to dig deeper into the group. Highlight for me was walking up just in time to record the one jam I actually know from the group – “Mouthful of Diamonds.”

The Original Meters

Having caught The Funky Meters around the Bay a few times in the late 90’s, I knew that my proper Outside Lands 2011 kick off would be the main stage performance from The Meters. The set started out great with a tight run through “Fire On The Bayou.” Yet it was during “Struttin’” that the entire performance fell apart. The amplifier of guitarist Leo Nocentelli died and for at least 15 minutes various tech heads did everything they could to get it back up and running. With a festival running on a tight schedule, the remaining three members of the group jammed while joking with the crowd. Sadly by the time the problem was fixed many in the crowd had moved onto other stages. I did enjoy what little of the set was left, but talk about a tough break for some true living legends that deserve much better.

 

Foster The People

It was perfect. I was able to hear the rock radio summer jam of 2011 “Pumped Up Kicks” from a porta-potty. Let’s be honest here folks (and if time proves me wrong, then feel free to mock me) but I get the feeling this jam is a lot like “Sex and Candy” by Marcy’s Playground or “Handlebars” by Flobots. Here today, gone tomorrow and a perfect soundtrack when pissing into a plastic urinal while surrounded by other people’s excrement.

MGMT

I have no doubt in my mind that 9 out of 10 individuals who packed the Polo Fields for MGMT’s set will tell you that the band sucked. I am not one of those individuals because not only did the groups second record Congratulations make my top 10 list last year, I understand that this band has blown up before they had time to mature as a band. Opening with “Flash Delirium” the set was heavy on the more challenging material from Congratulations. While I feel the band works better in a smaller venue, jams like “It’s Working” and “Siberian Breaks” still managed to get me moving. Where fans in every city get down to “Electric Feel” one can’t deny that it feels a bit more special here in San Francisco as our two time Cy Young Award winner (and not to mention World Fuckin’ Champ) Tim Lincecum warms up to this song. Looking across the Polo Field (and really anywhere at Outside Lands) you can’t escape the sea of Black and Orange gear which is a bittersweet feeling for a lifelong Giants fan who has defended his team for a decade now at Dodgers Stadium, but I digress.

While I have never heard of the band England’s Glory, MGMT does a mighty damn good job rocking their song “Broken Arrows.” With some slight jamming at the end of the song, it was the perfect treat for those who gathered at the main stage all day in hopes to secure a sweet spot for Phish. Perhaps the best part of MGMT’s set was the fact they didn’t play “Kids.” Yes I know this upset the masses, but the song simply would not have fit in with the overall mood of the set. I’d rather see a band try to make a solid cohesive statement with their slot versus making the crowd happy by simply going through the motions and playing the hits.

Phish

I can’t think of a more perfect way to end my west coast Phish run then a Friday night in Golden Gate Park. The day was already off to a good start when despite no “lot scene” I managed to find my “I’m Just a Little Phreaked Out” SF Giants/Phish West Coast Lot shirt (thanks James) a few hours before the boys hit the stage. I once again ended up Page Side Rage Side (4 for 4 in 2011) and was shocked when the band hit the stage at 6:30pm sharp with the opening “Kill Devil Falls.”

While it may have been advertised as two sets, I knew going into this one that Phish would have to walk the fine line of appeasing phans while creating an enjoyable set for noobs, hipsters and those who wandered over to the main stage after Big Boi failed to perform his set. From rockers like “Wilson” to covers like Frank Zappa’s “Peaches en Regalia” it was clear Phish was walking the line perfectly. For the hardcore phans, while the band didn’t break out anything too crazy, you can’t really complain when “Mound” “Tweezer” “Suzy Greenberg” and “Mike’s Song>I Am Hydrogen>Weekapaug Groove” all find their way into the first set. Oh, and for those who have seen multiple shows, when was the last time you saw drummer Jon Fishman rock a hoodie under his Muumuu?

Set II kicked off with a balls to the wall “Rock and Roll.” While it never reached the madness that was the Gorge version this one was solid from start to stop. With thick fog choking Golden Gate Park all day, the third ever performance of “Steam” added a lot more fluffiness to the marine layer. Having just heard the band cover “Roses Are Free” by Ween for the first time a week ago at the Gorge, I was beyond pumped to hear this one again (as was my non Phish loving friend James). Speaking of covers, I got my first take on the recently dusted off David Bowie gem “Life on Mars?” Keyboardist/vocalist Page McConnell sounded great leading the charge into one of the more serious sections of the night.

With the crowd now in their pocket, the second set closed with “Birds of a Feather>Fluffhead>Backwards Down The Number Line>Also Sprach Zarathustra>Chalkdust Torture.” “Fluffhead” was technically perfect impressing all walks of music fans and for the new folks, once they realized they were hearing the theme from 2001 – well let’s just say many were converted in that moment. While a “Chalkdust Torture” closer may bring tears to the eyes of old school phans, it was the perfect way to wrap the second set. One would have thought Guitarist/lead vocalist Trey Anastasio was performing in a band like Mastodon or At The Drive-In he was rocking so hard on stage. With a massive crowd spread across the Polo Fields, it was a great exclamation point on a successful night.

With a strict curfew of 10pm, the band came out with just enough time to tear through an encore of “Cavern>Tweezer Reprise.” Knowing that the over-the-head clapping of “Mound” and jumping during “Fluffhead” had already brought smiles to the face of both old and brand new Phish phans; the little leg kick that Anastasio and bassist Mike Gordon perform during “Cavern” was lovingly imitated by some hipster gals in Native American head dresses next to us. With such a huge PA, I am pretty sure the bass bombs from Gordon during “Tweezer Reprise” tipped over at least ½ of the porta-potties (good thing I used it during Foster the People eh).

While I was sad that my mini Phish run was now over, I was at least excited that my friends who did not enjoy some of the Shoreline shows I dragged them to back in the day enjoyed the show. Phish managed to please long time phans and make some new ones in the process. Now, I sit and wait for the band to once again return to the West Coast in 2012 for more face melting action.

Metallica Celebrate 30 Years With Intimate San Francisco Shows

Metallica Celebrate 30 Years With Intimate San Francisco Shows

Kirk Hammet in Inglewood, CA 12/18/08

To celebrate their 30th anniversary, Metallica have booked four shows at the Fillmore in San Francisco. From their official website:

Thirty years of Metallica… can you believe it? We think it’s cause for a major celebration! You’ve been asking for a while now “just what the hell are you going to do to mark 30 years as a band?” closely followed by “why don’t we have more exclusive shows for Fan Club members?” We’ve heard you loud and clear and are beyond psyched to announce that the week of December 5, 2011 will be a full on Metallica week in the Bay Area, more specifically we will be playing four shows for Met Club members only at the historic Fillmore in San Francisco on December 5, 7, 9, and 10 to celebrate our 30th anniversary. These unique shows will include special guests and events, rare songs, varied set lists, odds and ends, and all the nutty stuff you expect from Metallica… fun for the entire family! Come to the Bay Area and spend the week with us to not only close out 2011 out with a bang, but to celebrate over three decades worth of craziness.

Participate in the entire week of festivities with special four pack tickets (one ticket for each of the four shows) and automatic entry into the contests for various other special events, available for the clever price of $19.81 (get it??). If you can’t join us for the full week, we’ll have individual show tickets too and as you can see we’re going back to early ’80’s ticket pricing (but not the hair!)… single show tickets will be just $6.00 each. Both four packs and individual show tickets will be available for Fan Club members only through a reservation system and we do have to add facility fees, blah, blah. Clubbers can log in for all the details… we’re taking reservations through August 8.

Hope to see you for a week of madness in December!

 

So ummmmm who has a Met Club membership we can borrow?

 

 

 

 

 

Alice’s Summerthing 06/26/11: Speedway Meadows – San Francisco, CA

Alice’s Summerthing 06/26/11

Speedway Meadows – San Francisco, CA

Words/Photos by BellaLuna

Every year  Golden Gate Park is home to  two free musical events.  Starting at  noon and ending at four, Alice at 97.3 FM or also known as KLLC, hosts Summerthing and Now& Zen.  Alice’s Summerthing is held at the end of June, when the weather is warm and inviting to those who enjoy free music and relaxing in Speedway Meadow with friends. This year on the roster was Andrew Allen, Parachute, Michelle Branch, Matt Nathanson and One Republic.  Starting off the music fest was newcomer Andrew Allen, with his hit “Loving You Tonight” and One Republic finished us off with a song from their upcoming album.  All in all a great day in the park; nothing compares to listening to you favorite songs live in the California sun.

Being the newcomer, Andrew Allen showed no sign of circumspect.  Jumping right onto stage belting out tunes with boyish charm and stylish Ray Bans, he courted adoring listeners with sweet lyrics and a happy melody that made you bounce. Unfortunately his time onstage was limited to allow ample time for the more popular groups to play.  Next on the list was Parachute, singing their new hit “Something to Believe In” which got the meadow swaying.  They as well performed some songs off of their album; not yet chart toppers, but still songs I’d say are good road trip prospects.

Coming in third is Michelle Branch.  As much as I wish I could say I enjoyed her performance, it was in all honesty very lackluster.  Singing her most popular songs- “Everywhere”, “Goodbye to You”, and “Breathe”.  Her usual full lung expansion of “Breathe” must have left her breathless and wilted.  As much as I love that song, the tight lipped and somewhat monotone live version has stifled my enthusiasm to ever see her again in concert, even if it were another free one.

On a lighter note, Matt Nathanson who is my personal favorite, did not disappoint!  Wowing the crowd with the hip swaying  “Come on get Higher” and his new hit “Faster”.  To prove his diversity, he then performed Rick Springfield’s “Jesse’s Girl”, Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing”, and even Cee Lo Green’s “Fuck You”.  Giggling every time  Speedway Meadow’s residents chanted out fuck you to complete the remainder of the chorus he sang.  His version of “Don’t Stop Believing” got all ages singing and dancing as if was 1981 all over again.  I’m sure that was planned, after all- it is San Francisco, home of the Giants.

Finishing off the lovely afternoon was One Republic.  I must say, I am impressed with these guys and the energy they gave off.  Performing “Good Life”, “Apologize”, “Secrets”, and even Ben E. King’s 1961 original “Stand by Me”.  All were performed effortlessly, and with passion.  The opening string instrumental duet of “Secrets” gave me chills watching Brent Kutzle on the  Upright Bass and Zach Filkins on Violin strumming with a harmonious and vigorous rhythm. That opening in itself was beautiful.  Hands down, One Republic won me over with their awesome live singing, charming humor towards the crowd, and I will gladly purchase their album along with Matt Nathanson’s.

All in all a fantastic day in Golden Gate Park, and a Sunday well spent with family.  One warning I do have for anyone attending these events- within the past two years I have noticed that people are becoming rude, and very inconsiderate of the space there within the field.  I witnessed people yelling at others for stepping on their 3 blankets spread across the lawn when there is only a few people to use the massive space they have taken.  Others yelled at people to sit down, and gave dirty looks if you needed to cross their path to exit or enter the field.  Lets remember that this is a free event and it should be fun and relaxed.  Selfish and uncivilized need not attend.  Thankfully the good outweighs the bad, and I will be looking forward to Now & Zen in August. Cheers!

 

 

USELESS KEYS West Coast Tour Dates

USELESS KEYS West Coast Tour Dates

 

Los Angeles locals USELESS KEYS are about to head out for a quick trip up the left coast. While the band is still working out details for a headline hometown show, here is where you can catch KROQ Locals Only regulars:

June 24th Soda Bar – San Diego, CA

June 25th Cellar Door – Visalia, CA

June 26th Fulton 55 – Fresno, CA

June 27th Kimo’s – San Francisco, CA

June 29th Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR

June 30th Crocodile Café – Seattle, WA

The band will also be performing with Butthole Surfers, Helmet and The Melvins at the 2011 Sunset Junction Music Festival in Silver Lake, CA on August 27th, 2011.

Check out the bands Facebook page for up to the minute details on the trek. Likewise, check out our various reviews of the band here, here and here. Oh and there is one more here.

The 2011 Summer Slaughter Tour Dates Announced

The 2011 Summer Slaughter Tour Dates Announced

Dates for the fifth annual Summer Slaughter tour have been announced. The month long trek will kick off in West Hollywood, CA on July 22nd before wrapping on August 21st in Dallas, TX. Concert Confessions favorites The Black Dahlia Murder and Whitechapel are set to headline the package tour. Also included in the trek are Darkest Hour, Six Feet Under, Dying Fetus, As Blood Runs Black, Oceano, Fleshgod Apocalypse and Powerglove.

Dates and venues are listed below. As always keep your eyes on the official site as dates/venues may change.

Summer Slaughter TourDates:

Jul. 22 – West Hollywood, CA – House of Blues
Jul. 23 – Anaheim, CA – The Grove
Jul. 25 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre
Jul. 26 – Seattle, WA – King Cat Theatre
Jul. 28 – Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
Jul. 29 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Jul. 30 – San Diego, CA – House Of Blues
Jul. 31 – Scottsdale, AZ – The Venue Scottsdale
Aug. 02 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
Aug. 04 – Louisville, KY – Expo Five
Aug. 05 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews
Aug. 06 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
Aug. 07 – Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
Aug. 08 – Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
Aug. 09 – Toronto, ON – Sound Academy
Aug. 10 – Montreal, QC – Olympia
Aug. 11 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
Aug. 12 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
Aug. 13 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre Of Living Arts
Aug. 14 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
Aug. 16 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
Aug. 17 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
Aug. 19 – Houston, TX – House Of Blues
Aug. 20 – San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live
Aug. 21 – Dallas, TX – House Of Blues

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWYTCdJmkDA

Arcade Fire, Muse & Phish Top 2011 Outside Lands Lineup

Arcade Fire, Muse & Phish Top 2011 Outside Lands Lineup

Returning for its fourth year, Outside Lands is set to rock San Francisco for three glorious days in August. Headlined by Concert Confessions favorites Muse, Arcade Fire and Phish, the initial lineup also includes such beloved artists as The Black Keys, MGMT and STS9.

Check out the full lineup below, as well as a sweet YouTube trailer put together by the festival. For all other information, including ticket details – check out the festivals official page here.

MUSE * PHISH (2 sets) * ARCADE FIRE
The BLACK KEYS * DEADMAU5 *THE SHINS* MGMT * GIRL TALK
The DECEMBERISTS * JOHN FOGERTY * ERYKAH BADU
The ORIGINAL METERS * BEIRUT * The ROOTS
ARCTIC MONKEYS * BIG AUDIO DYNAMITE
STS9 * WARREN HAYNES BAND * BIG BOI
MAJOR LAZER * LITTLE DRAGON * JULIETA VENEGAS
SIA * OK GO * THE GREYBOY ALLSTARS
JOSH RITTER & THE ROYA CITY BAND * OLD 97s
MAVIS STAPLES * !!! * LATYRX * BEST COAST
COLLIE BUDDZ * PHANTOGRAM * CHARLES BRADLEY
FOSTER THE PEOPLE * LOTUS * STRFKR * JUNIP
PAJAMA PARTY  * THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS
THE VACCINES * TORO Y MOI * VETIVER
THE LIMOUSINES * THE STONE FOXES
THE JOY FORMIDABLE * MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS
WYE OAK * ANA TIJOUX * ORGONE * LORD HURON * TAMARYN
GROUPLOVE * THE FRESH & ONLYS * XIMENA SARINANA
TY SEGALL * SUNBIRDS * NICKI BLUHM & THE GRAMBLERS
DIEGO’S UMBRELLA * GHOST ROBOT

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41jtJs721eQ&feature=player_embedded

Ben & Zooey Salute America as San Francisco Beats Philly

Ben & Zooey Salute America as San Francisco Beats Philly

Folks, we make no secret that Reverend Justito – the founder and spiritual guru of Concert Confessions is a die hard San Francisco Giants fan.  With the Giants two wins away from the World Series, we could not be more thrilled.  Today, the Giants brought out some big guns to celebrate America.  By big guns, I mean the leading couple of indie rock – Ben Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie/The Postal Service) and Zooey Deschanel (She & Him/Yes Man).

You can watch them salute America (assuming MLB doesn’t get all pissy about that whole copyright violation thing) in the videos below.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0UR8KN2rYQ

UPDATED: A Perfect Circle To Hit The Road This Fall

A Perfect Circle To Hit The Road This Fall

 

 

 

I tell you, rock bands need to stop announcing tours when I am stuck in traffic.  As our friends at Antiquiet, COS and countless others have all pointed out – A Perfect Circle are gearing up for a tour of the left coast.  The band (that features the bald dude from Tool and the Asian dude from The Smashing Pumpkins) will play intimate venues for multiple nights.  Each night the band will perform one of their  records from front to back.

From the band’s Twitter page.

Tweet 1: Marquee – Tempe AZ, Avalon – LA, Showbox at the Market – Seattle, The Fillmore – SF, The Pearl – Vegas. 3 nights each. Album each night.

Tweet 2: MJK, Billy, Josh Freese, James Iha, Matt McJunkins (Ashes Divide, Puscifer).

Tweet 3: Jeordie, Paz, and Troy all have awesome stuff going on that they couldn’t step away from. But all is well with them.

Dates are as follows:

11/04:  Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre (Mer de Noms)
11/05:  Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre (Thirteenth Step)
11/06:  Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre (eMOTIVe)
11/08:  Los Angeles, CA @ Avalon (Mer de Noms)
11/09:  Los Angeles, CA @ Avalon (Thirteenth Step)
11/10:  Los Angeles, CA @ Avalon (eMOTIVe)
11/12:  Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market (Mer de Noms)
11/13:  Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market (Thirteenth Step)
11/14:  Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market (eMOTIVe)
11/16:  San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore (Mer de Noms)
11/17:  San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore (Thirteenth Step)
11/18:  San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore (eMOTIVe)
11/20:  Las Vegas, NV @ The Pearl (Mer de Noms)
11/21:  Las Vegas, NV @ The Pearl (Thirteenth Step)

 

Paul McCartney July 10,2010 at AT&T Park….Awesome!

Sir Paul McCartney

07/10/10 AT&T Park – San Francisco, CA

Words by Bellaluna/Photos by Dan V

Let me begin by saying, although I’m not a huge fan of Paul McCartney, a mediate fan rather, last night’s concert in San Francisco has elevated my interest in him. For being almost 70 years old, he still rocks and sounds totally awesome! First- the fans, I was amazed by them and the diverse age ranges, from teenage to 70’s, they all clearly loved him.

While waiting in the line which was wrapping down the Embarcadero, I had plenty of time to observe the crowd. My first observation was that probably 85% of the people all sported a Beatles or McCartney shirt, obvious right? But then the woman wearing a raspberry beret, (yes, I said it!) with classic Beatles and solo George Harrison pins stuck in the front started to make me look deeper into the crowd forming. The adorable senior couple happily attending the concert wearing all tye dye get up, yes- tye dye hats, shirts and the matching zippered hoodie to boot! Okay so it was obvious that they’ve been true to Paul since the 60’s. Later down the line I saw a younger guy about 30 with the phrase “Let it Be” tattooed down his forearm, wow! The dedication was becoming more prominent. A man who we referred to as “Frank” (he looks like one of our good friends named Frank creepily so) sat to my left, but never moved an inch, clapped his hands only after Band on the Run, but otherwise sat there motionless and emotionless as well. I was confused since the 65 year old in front of me was dancing irratically and playing the air piano, which I and other people were so entertained by! Maybe he was lucky enough to get a free ticket? To my right a man that we referred to as “Jim” as in Jim Morrison because this guy just looked like him, well, a cross between the unibomber as well, but I still enjoyed his presence. He wore his vintage Adidas hoodie and was maybe in his early 30’s, bobbed his head viciously with his hood on all night, I couldn’t tell if he was smiling due to the heavy 70’s like mustache he had. Only a few characters, but Paul pleases in several ways- the genres of the fan base, visual pleasure with home videos and personal photographs scrolling behind and beside him on the giant screens, pyrotechniques, and of course, him! “Obla di Obla dah” boomed through the speakers and into the crowd’s ears with a force, and brought a huge happiness to all that were gleefully chanting the verses.

Hey Jude was a beautiful melodic orgasm as Paul started the song and by the time he got to the ending the crowd took over, the “Laaa la la la la la laaaaa heeey Juude” was vibrating your ear drums, it almost brought a tear to your eye, I know it sounds funny, but the song and reason behind him writing it, is lovely.. There were a couple tribute moments to George Harrison, Paul played “Something” on ukelele which was soothing and crowd pleasing. One of my all time favorites “Blackbird” was performed effortlessly and flawless. A couple of new songs from his Fireman album were played, which were good as well. “Live and Let Die” was the magna cum laude of songs due to the fiery explosions and sparks darting out of the top of the stage, good, but I have to admit, it wasn’t my favorite, not because he didn’t perform it well, but I enjoy his acoustics slightly more.

All in all, Paul performed physically and vocally without wear, and ended with “Segeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club”, an appropriate goodbye song. I recommend seeing him before the touring stops for good, it is an epic experience to remember for me, would definitely go back to see him again if the opportunity arises. I might even stuff a flask in my sock in homage of the businessman i witnessed on the way into the venue. A five star rating for Paul McCartney and of course the rest of the band, but, being a musical phenom for more than 50 years has obviously made him into the household name that he is today.





The 2010 Outside Lands Music Festival – Initial Artist Announcement

The 2010 Outside Lands Music Festival – Initial Artist Announcement

Every year I tell myself I shall travel back to the city of my birth and enjoy the Outside Lands Music Festival.  The first two years, I had selfish friends decided they would use that weekend to get married (heck, as an ordained minister, I actually married our webmaster during the inaugural year).  This year, I will sadly miss out as I will be in the Bay Area the week before for three nights of Phish at the Greek.  But just because I can’t make it, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t check out this amazing event.  Check out the lineup video right here:

Outside Lands Golden Gate Park
August 14th through 15th
Tickets $125 2-Day





Remembering Wilco’s Jay Bennett

Days before my 18th Birthday, my Mother took me to San Francisco for an event dubbed Sky Concert by local radio station KFOG.  As mobility challenged Red Cross Volunteer, she needed my help to haul all of the supplies to and from the First Aid station she would run at the event.  While I would like to say the reason that I agreed was to help my Mother, truthfully I went to check out an exciting new band I had recently discovered.  The band was Wilco, and they were touring in support of the just released double disc “Being There”.

 

After a less than spectacular set by a band called Odds, I managed to catch the Wilco set across the park on a separate stage and was blown away.  After the band wrapped up their set, I wandered around the park where the festival was held and quickly grew bored.  About two hours after Wilco’s late afternoon set, I found myself sitting on a wall, playing with a Yo-Yo that some dotcom used as a promotional item (both the Yo-Yo and the dotcom are long gone at this point in time).  It was right around then when things got interesting.

 

I don’t believe I had even put two and two together that I was sitting on this wall next to a row of tour buses.  I was a bit shocked when one of them opened up and Jay Bennett of Wilco walked out with a case of beer.  He jumped up on the wall, declared I looked bored and offered me an ice cold Heineken.  Knowing that it would be rude to turn him down, I took the beer and thanked him kindly (despite the fact I was not a big drinker at this point in my life).

 

For about 30 minutes or so, we talked about Wilco (he was curious as to what I thought, as he saw me rocking out up front.  I was after all wearing a Spamburger Hamburger shirt), my high school, girls etc.  For a kid who lived in San Francisco, I sure had not run into many starts at that point, and to say I was star struck was a huge understatement.  I think I played it pretty cool, but then again, I probably didn’t.  The amazing thing was that he truly seemed to care about what I thought.  He asked about school, girls, really seemed to want to know me.  He was kind enough to share some road stories, but really the focus on me.  To this day, I don’t know why, but he sure made me feel special.

 

Last night when I read that Jay had passed at the age of 45, a tear ran down my cheek.  I hate when people get all upset when a celebrity dies, but I couldn’t help myself.  For years now, I have thought about that magical afternoon in San Francisco.  17 and drinking beers with the band (ok a member of the band) was a pretty big event for me at that point in time.  As the years have passed, I have met many members of many bands and have had some epic times.  However, as they say you always remember your first, and Jay was mine.

 

RIP Mr. Bennett, I know you are now in a better place.  I know you have suffered over the past few years, but you are now free of pain.  Thanks for taking the time to make the day of a 17 year old kid.  It may have been just another day to you, but for me it meant everything.

 

 

 


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