July 26, 2010 - BILLINGS, MT
Posted 26 July 2010 - 01:38 PM
Posted 27 July 2010 - 02:56 AM
Forever My Queen
Sixty Feet Tall
Hang You From The Heavens
You Just Can't Win
So Far From Your Weapon
I Cut Like A Buffalo
The Difference Between Us
Hustle and Cuss
Die By The Drop
Will There Be Enough Water
Blue Blood Blues
I Can't Hear You
Treat Me Like Your Mother
I got some decent pictures which I will post along with a review after I get some sleep. Short story is great show, great sound, no cussing, a little shoving, and a little snuggling.
Posted 27 July 2010 - 07:11 PM
Posted 28 July 2010 - 02:50 AM
I got early entry which was fortunate as I arrived in Billings at 6pm after stopping at every historical marker and funky little town along I-90. Doors opened at 7pm but I was already up front thanks to the early entry fairy. There was no barrier, we stood right against the stage with a bonus foot rail to rest your weary dogs on and brace yourself against the folks trying to edge you out of your spot. A few twits in the crowd. While we waited for Harlem to kick things off a kid got thrown out for fighting and an obnoxious dude with a mohawk kept knocking into people and screaming "Rock and Roll!" at the top of his lungs. I was losing my hearing before the concert started thanks to that ass.
Harlem was fun, like they were in San Diego. Too bad LA and SF couldn't see them at their perky Ramones/Buzzcocks/Jonathan Richman/Duran Duran best. Favorite songs are Heartbroken Tonight and I'm a Bug. The usual ceremonial placing of the Horned Beasts and unveiling of The Drum Kit commenced. Jackie and the Kidz came on all smiley after a short wait. The Babcock must have great acoustics. I heard everything as clear as a bell, even Jack's rambling which I almost never understand. All songs came off without a hitch.
I reviewed my (shakey and nearly unreadable) notes and for some reason I wrote "drum in SFFYW." What was special about the drums in SFFYW I'll never be able to remember. He also introduced it as "So Far From Your Weapon Whatsa Matta Can't Find Your Way Home?" I thought it was hilarious, but then I think his "SFFYW Why don't you go home" intro is funny too.
Cute Moment #1: during Al's sit-down-banging-the-tambourine role in ICLAB, LJ thrashed his way over to her and she snuggled against him.
TBTD/I'm Mad have wormed their way into my soul. Slick pop veering into lunacy and Alison's psycho chuckle makes me a happy woman.
On the 10+ hr drive to Billings, Bone House came up on the mp3 player and I remarked that I was bummed that they had dropped it from the current rotation as it's one of my favorites. When the organ intro started I was thrilled. In my mind, they played it just for me. After Bone House a young woman jumped on stage and gave Alison a hug. I'm sure it was the highlight of her life, but she missed the rest of a really great concert. I'm sure almost giving Alison a hug and getting tossed out were much better.
Next thing that stands out was the audience went wild when they started No Horse. I like the song too but had no idea it was so popular. I was hoping for DBTD to finally equal or exceed it's fabulousness on the album but they still haven't quite got it together live. That rolling drum and bass race to the finish never quite pulled together. Jack threw in some ad lib beats to funk things up. Dean had a guitar god moment during New Pony. Some girls had been squealing and reaching out to him the whole show and he stood right in front of them and thrust his guitar toward them and they got to touch his instrument. More squealing ensued.
WTBEW was wonderful, as it ever is. The longing in the lyrics physically expressed with the almost-kissing and Alison stroking the mic stand like it was something else moves me. Ear bleeding soloing from Mr. White and onto the encore. BBB=fantastico, I love that song so much I could marry it. Jawbreaker! Another one I had been missing! Wheeee!
For those following the ICHY soap opera, this installment had Alison rubbing her head against Jack's shoulder then going for his armpit. Was she going to tickle him? Cop a feel? We'll never know because Jack gently nudged her away. More of the cute with Jack leaning into Al and resting his head on hers.
TMLYM closed the show. Appropriate crowd participation etc. In the San Diego show, Alison played with the lyrics and sang "Stand up like a fucking man - Treat me like your mother." Tonight in the verse: Come on look me in the eye -You wanna try to tell a lie-Iíll bet you canít and you know why? -Iím just like your mother, she changed the last line to "I'm just like your fucking mother." Jack throws in extra fills and Alison plays with the lyrics. I love it when a band changes things up. It keeps things fresh so someone who's seen them a few times this year and listened to more than a few boots of their shows stays interested. Bless them. Nice poster from Silent Giants. Black and silver (mostly black) with a demonic motorcycle and it's rider escaping an industrial wasteland followed by a flock of crows. Numbered as well!
Randomness: Anyone ever noticed Dean mouths the words to the songs? Seeing him singing "You're so nasty you're so bad," was, uh, nice. Things thrown on stage: baseball cap, beer can, red push-up bra (landed on Alison's head), knit hat, and a t-shirt. Jack likes Montana, he said "You have a beautiful state, please take care of it."
Some photies I took:
The Sam Kay drum skin:
Alison up a monitor tower:
If she knew how much this made me fret she'd still do it, but at least she'd know she was making me nervous
Mr. Guitar God:
Taking their bows:
Haven't taken a photo of the poster yet. It's dark dark dark. Don't think my usual lay it down on the hotel room floor and weigh the corners down with beer bottles method of poster photographing will work. I'll try when I get home and can stick in on a wall. Guess what! It's bed-time again!
Posted 28 July 2010 - 04:06 AM
and yeah I noticed sometimes Dean mouths the lyrics to songs, and sometimes Jack does, haven't noticed L.J. doing it yet.
Thanks for the photo's
Posted 28 July 2010 - 06:22 AM
I love it when a band changes things up. It keeps things fresh so someone who's seen them a few times this year and listened to more than a few boots of their shows stays interested. Bless them.
This. It's good for the band and it's good for us.
Excellent review and photos, LOT. Seems as if the only thing missing in all the stuff thrown on stage was a camo hunting jacket. That and a machine gun and the band would've been all set for a DW-style trip to the woods. Sounds like you were in heaven in Montana Have a safe trip home.
Posted 28 July 2010 - 09:11 AM
Posted 28 July 2010 - 09:16 AM
More of the cute with Jack leaning into Al and resting his head on hers.
Jack or Little Jack?
Posted 28 July 2010 - 10:11 AM
as far as dead deer go, lonely ornate tear, yeah, gross. there are just too many to keep the carcasses off the roads entirely. sadly, it's a symptom of our encroachment on their habitat. glad you liked montana otherwise!
you paid very close attention to the show. thanks for your meticulous notes.
Posted 28 July 2010 - 10:35 AM
Great review, Lonely Ornate Tear! Makes me wish I had been there...well all the reviews make me wish I'd been there. Glad to hear Harlem were back on form too.
Jack or Little Jack?
That would have been Jack having a cuddle during ICHY. LJ got his cuddle earlier during ICLAB.
Re: the dead deer situation: I figured it was overpopulation. Pants-wetting road moment - a big doe standing next to a deer crossing sign. I prayed and begged and plead for her to NOT try to cross, I never would have stopped in time. We would have been toast.
Dead Weather Polka (sung to the tune roll out the barrel) Roll out the bone house, we'll have a bucket of bones! Very doomy and yet polkariffic.
Edited by LonelyOrnateTear, 28 July 2010 - 10:39 AM.
Posted 28 July 2010 - 01:27 PM
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