Concerts and Catchup

Monday, 20 May 2002

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

Friday, 15 February 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.