Friday, September 30, 2005
We missed 30 Seconds to Mars due to lateness due to laziness, which is unfortunate. I would have liked to see Jared Leto's band; I like him as an actor (My So-Called Life, Requiem For A Dream) and have never seen a double- or triple-threat in action (actor/singer/dancer, like Usher or Jennifer Lopez). One day my time will come!!
Seether was really good. I haven't heard much from them, but as always seems to happen with bands I think I am not all that familiar with, as they play I go, "Oh yeah! I know this song!" a few times during their set. They ended with their version of Nirvana's 'Drain You', dedicating it to Kurt Cobain and Layne Staley. Lead singer Shaun Morgan sounds very reminiscent of Cobain, especially when singing a Nirvana tune. I would definitely see them again next time they come to town.
Audioslave was awesome! I wasn't feeling the Audioslave before, but after seeing them live I have a new appreciation for them. Chris Cornell is still shiny and great, belting it out as well as he ever did in Soundgarden. Speaking of which, they did play a few Soundgarden songs. Chris played Black Hole Sun solo on acoustic guitar, with all of GM Place participating in a giant sing-along. I think the best moment was when they played Spoonman, and Artis the Spoonman himself came onstage and did a spoon-solo! Man, it brings goosebumps to my arms just remembering....
CONCLUSION: Free stuff is always good!!
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Queens of the Stone Age went on before the NIN. I saw them in April of this year, and it was a good show, but this time the music seemed better somehow. I don't know why; I think because they played more off the old albums and didn't concentrate on songs from the new album. Frontman Fromme is always a chatterer with the crowd, being the strangely fun guy that he seems to be. Always a pleasure!!
Audiolux was the first opening band. I was rather disappointed, considering that their spot was supposed to be filled by Death From Above 1979. Audiolux is definitely an acquired taste... I didn't much like them, and judging from some of the catcallers surrouding our seats, I wasn't the only one. Ah, well....
Monday, September 26, 2005
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Thomas went non-stop all night, selling everything he could - $1-shot, $1-beer, free jello-shooters. I made the jello in the morning, and man were they strong!! There was Lime Vodka, Cherry Rum, and Fireball Raspberry. I liked the Fireball Raspberry the best. The lime was too strong for me.... then again, I don't like vodka. We had spent about $500 to stock the bar, and we figure we broke even. We also have a LOT of leftover booze! Score! Anyone looking for a bartender, you want Thomas!
Casper and Matt were great, playing an awesome mix of music for 5-7 hours. They were also very patient and helpful with getting wires run, and the system all hooked up. Anyone who needs DJ's - Get Casper and Matt! Ask me how!
MY Matt/Boots was BBQ-ing for 5 hours straight, from 4:3o-pm until about 9:30pm. We went through 84 hamburgers and 5-kg of chicken breasts. That is a lot of food! His mom and sister also made scrumptious Tex-Mex dip, which was all devoured! Mmmmm......... Yummy!
I had very little to eat all day, and combined with the amount I drank..... not good in the morning! I ended up staying in bed until 8pm Sunday. So relaxing! We didn't really get the house cleaned up until Tuesday-ish. We will have to get a carpet cleaner, as someone spilled something in the hallway. Other than that, we had nothing broken (other than a borrowed lawn chair), so it went pretty well. I don't think I knew even half the people here, but I did see some people that I hadn't seen in years!! Took a trip down memory lane, I tell you what....
I took pictures of the party, and Matt took some of the mess left in the morning. I will be posting them on Flickr in the next few days.
Saturday, September 10, 2005
Last night we saw the last half of Vancouver's Gigantour date. We missed the opening Bobaflex, Nevermore, and Life of Agony, due to preparations for today's party, but I was mostly going to see the last three bands anyways. I would have liked to see the beginning as well, but it turns out that it's better for our ears that we missed them!
Fear Factory had just started when we got there, thank god! I haven't seen them since Ozzfest in '97 or '98, and I only caught one song then (I had to traipse through a few thousand people to get from one end of Thunderbird Stadium to the other, then up the stairs and across the upstairs field). We caught their full set this time, it was great! The signature Fear Factory guitars sounds and the vocal effects were fantastic! Burton Bell was belting the lyrics out with POWER, with both guitarists in full headbang mode. Burton also chatted to the audience, getting them geared up even more for the following bands.
Anthrax is a band I have wanted to see for almost ten years, and never thought I'd get the chance! Their original frontman, Joey Belladonna, has reunited with the band, as well as their old guitarist Daniel Spitz. It's Anthrax circa 1991 again! They put on an awesome show, the whole band playing as if they'd never been seperated from each other. Belladonna had terrific energy, bounding around the stage to interact with the other members, as well as the audience. At one point he went to stage right and down to floor level to get up close and personal with some fans, and ended up sharing the mike with one particular young gentleman. He went stage left afterwards to get closer to the fans on that side as well... I love it when bands do that! Get everyone involved on all sides! Ahhh...... Guitarist Scott Ian incited a mosh-circle which Boots (my boy) quite adequately named Hurricane Anthrax. It quickly grew to a span of roughly 15ft-square, of people just headbanging, running in a circle, going all out crazy! Anyone who didn't want to be caught in the whirl had to immediately take a few steps back to avoid being dragged in. It was good watching! Belladonna was superb in his vocals, wailing like nobody else can! I was disappointed when their set was over, but satiated in my need to see them RAWK!
Megadeth came onstage along with 20-ft high flames and a BANG! that startled. They went full-force into playing, went two or three songs before addressing the crowd. They started out with newer songs from recent albums before staring into the older music. Singer Dave Mustaine didn't move around too much in stage, but he played and sang heavy! They played hard, and I think that combined with their technical setup made for a lower sound quality than the previous bands. It was a little hard on our poor beaten ears, and we ended up leaving about 10 mins early. All in all a great show, and there are rumours of a Gigantour 2006! Sweeeeeet!
Friday, September 09, 2005
Kasabian were great, full of energy! They were running around the stage, jumping up and down, belting out the music. I highly recommend anyone seeing them next time they roll through town!
Jet was all right. I am slightly biased in my 'review' of them, as they are one of those bands that I don't turn the volume up for when they come on the radio. I don't try and rip my ears off my head or anything, I'm just not in love with them. They did put on a good live show, with the same quality as on the CD/radio. They had a pretty good stage presence as well, weren't standing like mannequins or anything. Anyone who is a fan of the band, go see them live, it'll make you happy!
Oasis was a pleasant surprise! We were a bit... concerned that they may not stay onstage for longer than 30 mins, as tends to be Liam Gallagher's habit... We were worried after the first or second song when he wandered offstage; we thought the concert was over, or they'd go on without him.... but he came back! He did wander off stage a few times throughout the show, presumably to get a refill of water or whatever... but he always came back! They even did two or three songs for an encore! Fantastic! They played all the big hits from their first studio album "(What's the Story) Morning Glory?", like 'Wonderwall', 'Champagne Supernova' and the title track, 'Morning Glory'. The whole of GM Place was singing along; it was like the biggest karaoke jam ever.
Tonight is Gigantour with Fear Factory, Anthrax and Megadeth!