After taking a pass last week to work on the book--now over half way done on the fourth draft--I'm back to reminisce about the concerts that I have been to throughout my life. On to it!
Ruby - Ruby performed somewhere in LA...the Whisky? The Viper Room? The Roxy? I have no idea, but I'm guessing it was the Roxy. Ruby was touring for the Salt Peter album, primarily on the popularity of the song "Tiny Meat". At times delving into then popular trip-hop and mixing in a semi-industrial tinge, I remember having a pretty good time at this show. I also remember seeing a guy practically boning his girlfriend from behind, on the dance floor during Ruby's set. Hell, come to think of it, "practically" might need to be changed to "actually," as it was dark, crowded and you know...it's not polite to stare. At least the couple was attractive, unlike what I had to witness going down at the TV On the Radio concert in Ventura last year*. I wrote about that ages ago when I talked about super-fans and why they suck ass.
Cranes x2.5 - I first saw Cranes open for the Cure at Dodger Stadium, but I did not fully appreciate them at the time. I then saw them two albums later at the Roxy back when they were touring for Loved and the concert blew me completely away, especially when they played my favorite songs of the moment such as "Shining Road," "Reverie," "Lilies," and older tracks like "Jewel," "Everywhere," and "Starblood." The venue was completely packed. At times powerful and driving and then calm and wistful. One of my most favorite shows of all time.
I then saw them a few years ago in 2005 for their "Particles and Waves" tour at the El Rey and although the band had changed many of the members and their music had evolved to a quieter and more complex sound, the show was almost as amazing. A hypnotic light show dazzled the audience and coupled with the music succeeded in pulling everyone from out of their thoughts and worries for a night of intensely beautiful music. This would have been the second perfect Cranes concert for me had I not parked the goddamn car next to a "Parking By Permit Only" sign that happened to be hidden behind a bushy tree in the surrounding neighborhood...this still seems kind of Dukes of Hazard/Rosco P. Coltrane to me. Stupid city parking tickets.
Pigface - Again, no idea where I saw this one--maybe I need to dig my ticket stubs out of storage. This particular lineup had Ogre (Skinny Puppy), Jaz Coleman (Killing Joke), Genesis P. Orridge (Throbbing Gristle), Levi (My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult) and who knows who else. The show was fine, but I mostly remember the two female friends that I went to the show with disappeared back stage, leaving me to wander around by myself. Thankfully, I had the keys to the car and went to the parking structure to sleep in the freezing cold while I waited for at least an hour for them. I was fucking pissed.
Garbage x3 - The first time I saw Garbage was right when their debut album had just been released and they were playing tiny venues. As luck would have it, they played at Revival here in Santa Barbara. For god only knows what reason, the evil music corporation that I worked for had convinced Revival to allow them to have a table at the show and to sell CDs and cassettes (yeah, remember those?) in the back. I think I sold four items, but I honestly had one of the best seats in the house, except that there were rumors that Shirley Manson went alfresco or panty-less. If that was true, then I missed out for sure.
Next I saw them at some club in LA for the same album tour, but Garbage had grown in popularity exponentially. A great show that sounded perfect, but then again how could it sound anything less than perfect when the musicians are all sound engineers.
Lastly was for the Version 2.0 album at the Santa Barbara County Bowl and again, great show. They played everything that I ever wanted to hear, including a B-side or two and Amy and I were dancing maniacs on the general admission lawn area.
I know, not much added today, but I had to dig around for some info for these. Off to the storage unit to find ticket stubs for the next entry!