Friday, November 14, 2008

Retro Goth Concert Fiasco

This summer, I had the pleasure of experiencing some amazing concerts. The Cure twice, both in Atlanta and Cleveland, Radiohead at Blossom, and Peter Murphy at House of Blues (that man's voice still amazes me). I also missed opportunities to see a few other favorites – Nick Cave (again, sigh), Magnetic Fields and My Bloody Valentine. I suppose that's why it was so disappointing to close out this year's concert season with Sisters of Mercy.

Now, I didn't go into this performance expecting too much. They don't tour often, Andrew is notoriously stage-shy, there was to be no live drummer, and the reviews of earlier shows on this tour were not optimistic. However, I didn't expect to be so very, well, bored. I felt embarrassed for the band and particularly for Andrew. I tried to dance, to be enthusiastic, but it just felt so awkward.

Luckily, I was with some of my favorite people in the world, we had a fun dinner before hand, and I ran into other friends and colleagues at the concert and enjoyed some good laughs.

I leave you with the fun that Sisters of Mercy can be.


Anonymous said...

Radiohead at BLOSSOM!!?! How very lucky lucky lucky for you! I love Blossom, but it's been too long...sigh...

Unknown said...

Sounds like you saw some great shows this year, but too bad for that last bum show. THe last big show I went to was a multi band tour and the headliner was Modest Mouse. The whole day was a lot of fun discovering smaller bands and then the Yeah Yeah Yeahs blew everyone's mind. Modest Mouse finished off the show and they were just HORRIBLE. I can't remember the lead singer's name but he was absolutely wasted - who knows on what, I'm assuming a cocktail of various intoxicants. Hey, we were drinking beer all day all night and we still could have put on a better show than him! Sadly, that experience kind of killed my love for that band. Makes you want to go out and see someone else to wipe the slate clean with a kick ass performance!

Jennifer Hayes Hugon said...

Oh wow that sounds horrible Jessica! Isn't it disappointing when a band you admire completely bombs?

And yeah... Blossom is the best for live shows. Being out in nature and seeing a band you love is fabulous!

Thanks for your comments!