Flight of the Conchords were amazing in concert last night. We heard all of our favorite songs, plus some new ones, as well as witty banter in between. I feel bad for all of those people who couldn't get tickets, but there were some scalpers outside the theater if you want to take your chances on Sunday. It's probably worth it.

The show last night was my fourth night in a row of live music. Thursday night I saw The National, Modest Mouse, and R.E.M at the Hollywood Bowl. I wasn't very familiar with The National, but they were good. My friends G and R really love them and enjoyed it. Modest Mouse is probably better in a smaller venue, as there sound was kind of lost in the expanse of the Bowl, much like Ben Folds. It was my 5th R.E.M. show and they were incredible. Considering they have fourteen studio albums, plus a fair share of b-sides to build a set list from, they did a nice varied set. They also have a new album out, which I highly recommended.

I really wasn't planning on or expecting to go to a concert this past Wednesday, but we missed part of the Elvis Costello/The Police show on Tuesday, so E found a really good deal on some really good seats for their second show on Wednesday. That too was amazing. I'd never seen Elvis live and that was quite a treat. The Police have really come together on their tour and were even tighter than last summer.

The major complaint I have about the live music events this past week are the audiences. E was correct in saying that people at outdoor venues are just far more drunk and obnoxious, as that was made clear last night. The FOTC crowd was quite mellow with only the occasional shout-out of "Take off your pants!" or song requests. No one was talking on their cell phone during the performance. No one was having a conversation that they had to scream over the music so everyone could hear them. And no one was blowing stinky pot smoke in our faces.

I'm not just some old "get off my lawn" person. Wil Wheaton wrote about it on his blog, as did Ren, who is allergic to weed smoke. I endured the three people right behind me during the second Police show who were the only people not standing in our section. They complained the whole time about how they wish we'd sit down. Oh, and I didn't even mention the physical fight that broke out in my section at the R.E.M. show. Some random drunk guy was picking on the guy at the end of my row, so a guy in the row behind us reached forward and slapped him. It got ugly and a little scary. I just don't get paying so much for tickets and then acting like such as asshole. But, my guess is that these people are always assholes with no regard for other people whatsoever anytime.


Darlene said...

Those are some fantastic shows: especially jealous of FOTC and Costello. It does seem that San Diego doesn't get as many shows as L.A. -- perhaps because the cities are relatively close and anyone who is a hardcore fan would trek up to L.A. to see them.

Anonymous said...

Elvis Costello is one of my most favorite-est singers in the world. Too bad I never get to leave the house. Yay you! Don't overdo it!

Keely Van Brocklin Emery said...

I would have LOVED getting to see any of those shows! I'm living vicariously through you. :)

Anonymous said...

i'm so jealous you got to see FOTC!!! we were just wondering tonight about getting tickets to see coldplay in oklahoma city but decided against it - too much $ for a show we wouldn't be able to see/hear because of drunken idiots plus i get kind of claustrophobic when stuck in a building with a billion drunken idiots...

Anonymous said...

People just seem to be generally more impolite these days and its a shame when, as you say, you pay so much for tickets. At least the shows all sounded good and worthwhile.

Nanette said...

I'm so glad to hear that FOTC were great!

And I've been working on a pot smoke post in my mind for a while now. I'll have to actually write it out one of these days. Stupid concertgoers.

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