Concerts and Catchup

5.20.02 INT. SIEGFRIED HALL RM 450 9:44pm NIGHT

i’ve got a lot to talk about.

home was good, i stayed just long enough but didn’t see a whole lot of mom which i know she doesn’t like. bo and ker­ris place in chica­go was pret­ty nice as well, the q101 jam­boree wasn’t very fun. the bands i saw were ZWAN, Tena­cious D, The Strokes, Hoobas­tank, Thurs­day, and Our Lady Peace. There were oth­ers there as well but i didn’t go to the sec­ond stage to see them because they aren’t any good. The only bands i actu­al­ly enjoyed were ZWAN and The Strokes. Billy’s New Band has a nice new sound, and lis­ten­ing to the Strokes live con­vinced me that they have avoid­ed the sim­u­lacrum the record­ing an album so often cre­ates, i’m going to buy their music once i have the chance. i want to go back to chica­go some­time and see some bands and go to some of the stores near bo and ker­ris apart­ment. i’m def­i­nite­ly going to vis­it phil and kyle down at Pur­due this sum­mer as well. i have more fun hang­ing out with those guys than with any­one else. kyle point­ed out that this week­end the five of us (bo, ker­ri, phil, kyle, and myself) are all artists of some type and get along well because of it. com­ing back to ND was strange since i am liv­ing in a dif­fer­ent dorm in a room to myself. the weath­er is the same and has been for all too long, over­cast and around 40 (with occa­sion­al bouts of rain to liv­en things up). i have assigned bo and phil to send me one new musi­cal influ­ence every week. i hope they fol­low through with it (HINT HINT).

i don’t know if i am made to live in the city or live in the coun­try. there are so many inter­est­ing things to see in the city that spark my curi­ousi­ty, but at the same time the pas­toral sim­plic­i­ty of the coun­try suits my tem­pera­ment more i believe. i still haven’t seen Star Wars but hope­ful­ly that will be reme­died on wednes­day. i’m going to have to redesign this damn site again, or at least get a new back­ground and fig­ure out what the hell is wrong with the frames since i saw how crap­py it looks on an ibook. that is all for now. i have to be at work at 9 tomor­rer.

Concerts as of 2002

mom is show­ing up today for Junior Par­ents’ Week­end. I hope this is a great expe­ri­ence. We have porn­star seat­ing at table 1 and table 6 for the meals. i’m not get­ting any work done this week­end, i can already tell you. con­certs i have been to: The Beach Boys: I think I was 8. All I remem­ber was that there was a huge col­umn right in front of me that said “I (heart) Sum­mer.” Jim­my Page and Robert Plant: Fresh­man in High School. I went with some guys from Kmart. Total­ly awe­some con­cert. They played all the best Zep­pelin (but not Stair­way dammit) and stuff from their newest album. My seats were in the nose­bleed sec­tion and I had a con­tact buzz from all the gan­ja smoke which made me crave White Cas­tles after the con­cert. Any­thing that makes you want to eat White Cas­tles is a very dan­ger­ous sub­stance. The Smash­ing Pump­kins: Saw them for the first time at Pur­due with my bud­dies Bri­an and Phil. Dur­ing their Machi­na tour. It blew me away. I just wish it hadn’t been in an audi­to­ri­um so I could have jumped around all crazy­like. May­Day 2000: The 2nd best twen­ty dol­lars I have ever spent. Papa Roach, Three Doors Down, Blood­hound Gang and Gods­mack. All day. Papa Roach sucked, 3DD was ok, I saw so many breasts when Blood­hound Gang came on because they were pro­mot­ing their “Hooray for Boo­bies” album. Gods­mack was CRAZY. It rained just enough to make it inter­est­ing and we ripped up the sod from the lawn and were throw­ing it all over. A sea of mosh­ing. it rocked. Sum­mer San­i­tar­i­um Tour: Sys­tem of a Down. Powe­man 5000, Kidrock, Korn and Metal­li­ca. Anoth­er all day thing. It got kin­da old because I only want­ed to see PM5K and Metal­li­ca. PM5K kicked a whole lot­ta ass. Metal­li­ca was…interesting. Het­field had fucked up his back and wasn’t there, so Jason did the singing, and the gui­tarist from Sys­tem of a Down played with them. Kidrock even bust­ed out the turnta­bles. Once in a life­time event. I still don’t know whether I liked it or not… Metal­li­ca: They gave a free con­cert since James wasn’t there. THIS WAS TOTAL METAL. I got an extra tick­et and took my friend Bri­an with me. Our seat were in the bal­cony direct­ly across from the stage. The speak­ers tried to take off my head it was so loud. I think my ears bled and I rup­tured my spleen. I loved it. The Smash­ing Pump­kins: I saw their 2nd to last con­cert ever! Total tran­scen­dence. Touch­ing, mov­ing, exis­ten­tial bliss. Crap­py seats though. The Toad­ies: The best 20 dol­lars I have ever spent. I want­ed to get to Bogart’s ear­ly so we could get in good posi­tion. We did. I spent the whole con­cert hold­ing on to the grate and singing along at the top of my lungs. After­ward, I made us go around back and get their auto­graphs. It was well worth it see­ing as they broke up a month lat­er. Xfest 2k1: I don’t remem­ber all of the bands but here is a good list… Linkin Park, Sta­t­ic X, non­point, Live, Ramm­stein, Our Lady Peace, and a bunch of oth­ers. Sta­t­ic X was intense as was non­point, Live is always good. I was in the mosh pit so long that i was soaked with my sweat and the sweat of oth­ers by the time I left. I got kicked in the head four times, pro­tect­ed a hot chick from get­ting tram­pled, and helped some strip­pers over the fence because they prob­a­bly want­ed to go get it on with the bands back­stage. Live brought me back from the dead. I was exhaust­ed by the end, but that was well worth it.