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Saturday, May 20, 2006
Current mood: excited
My god. Last night was freaking BRILLIANT. Elvis Costello is amazing. Period. I loved the Green Day fans there, though. I didn't mind because...well....I like Green Day, too. But I also love Elvis, so I think I probably enjoyed it a wee bit more than them.
First off, there was a crazy drunken fat lady two rows ahead of us. She was funny, and she made me laugh. I was afraid she was going to eat me though. Security had to come talk to her, and they were all "Yo, stop being drunk" and she was all "-drunken slur-" And they were all "Srsly. Stop." And she was all "OKAYYYYY"
Then I saw the same Securitymanthing in the isle about seven or eight rows ahead of us, I was thinking "Oh, another drunken crazy fat lady that needs to be taken care of?" But no. It was not another drunken crazy fat lady. It was quite the opposite.
Me- "HOLYYYYSHIIIIIIT" -jumps over people and attempts handshake-
Me- *shaking* SORRY'SCUSEMESORRYADRIENNNE!!!!
But there were too many people and she had already sat down, so I didn't want to bother Mrs. Luckiestwomanontheplanet.
I kept thinking: Billie stuck his ding-a-ling in her...LUCKYPERSONLADY.
Oh yeah. Mr. Burke was like....five rows ahead of us. He kept seat hopping from the back when there were empty seats. He was all -drinking- and I was all -akward-. I have blackmail footage of him dancin' all crazy during 'Accidents Will Happen'.
Deathcab for Cutie was actually pretty good. They had to start a song over though. Leadsingerman dropped his pick. I actually understand that, though. I do it all the time XDDD.
Apple. Great singer...but...she looked like she was pitching a spaz on stage. She was flinging her arms around and stuff....it was pretty funny, actually. But she was akward to watch >> <<.
Billie Joe, though. HOLEESHIT. First off, he was wearing this ubertightshirtofsecks, and secondly....he played MY FAVOURITE Elvis Costello songs.
Now, imagine this...Good Riddance as a duet...with Billie Joe and Elvis Costello, Elvis having ganked the second verse. BRILLIANT. They played Wake Me Up When September Ends...and...Elvis did background....it made me cry. I actually almost fell because my knees got weak XD. They also did Basket Case, which Elvispianoplayerman worked in a piano solo. It worked. It worked brilliantly.
But...Billie Joe and Elvis did Alison together. Billie Joe getting the first verse, and Elvis the second. It was AMAZING. Beautiful. I LOVED it. They also did Radio, Radio, which is currently my favourite song evar. They ended with Pump it Up, with everybody coming back on. It was so awesome. I know I missed a lot, but, I didn't post last night, so everything's hazy. Plus I'm hungry and I can't eat...because I'm having bloodwork done. GO BLOODWORK!
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Saturday, May 20, 2006
Atlantic City, May 2006...Elvis Costello & "Friends"...Death Cab
Elvis Costello is a musical genius and a talented musician, but his time has come and gone and now he is desperately clinging to his former glory along w/ anything else he possibly can. Yes, he's a great musician, but the concept of his live show was absolutely appalling.
It was mostly middle-aged, mid-life-crisis adults, some w/ children, some w/o, trying to relive their youth and "rock out" and have a good time. There were some MILF's though, and my girl by my side, but other than that the overall environment was fucking lame.
It was taped for VH1 and it was a joke. It felt so fake. The interaction between the audience and the musician was more or less obsolete b/c security was acting as though these moms, dads, and little kids that wanted to dance near the stage, enjoy the music, and be close to the chemistry of this performance were actually some sort of a threat and made them go back to their seats. Wtf is THAT BS!? I've seen kids @ hardcore shows punch musicians in the face and the show still goes on w/o a hitch. All these people wanted to do was some harmless dancing to enjoy themsleves and show their respect to this wonderful performer.
played maybe 4(?) of their songs TOPS. Same w/ Fiona
Apple. Not only that, but he(Elvis) or his band had to sit in on EVERY one of their songs. Death Cab
played "I will follow you into the dark" and Elvis almost ruined it by trying to show up DCFC and Benjamin Gibbard by doing some fancy guitar noodling in the beginning. He sung one of Fiona
's best songs(I forget the name) w/o her even on stage. Then he finished the rest of his set w/ Billie Douchebag from Green Day playing most of Green Day's shitty pop-rock-punk-w/e catalogue while the 12-year-old girls went nuts. Elvis got all of the other artist's to contribute to his songs and he did some of his stuff w/ just his band, but none of the other bands got the oppurtunity to perform anything w/o him or his band on stage contributing.
Elvis didn't play "My Funny Valentine", "Watching The Detectives", "Radio, Radio", or even "Shipbuilding".
@ one point Fiona
was quoted as saying, "how cool is this"...in reference to Elvis covering one of her songs. Even though it was a decent rendition, her reponse felt contrived and possibly even scripted. It was just one big "Elvis has-been ego trip" that was a ploy to boost his ego and possibly his fading credibility as a solid performer and "rock star".
I feel as though rather than giving these acts an opportunity to flourish, he exploited them in every possible manner.
They didn't sell any merch, except $45($40 if you fill out a "coupon" w/ all of your personal info. that they can mail, e-mail, call you w/ for the rest of your life) Elvis T-shirts. I don't think any other bands made any money from this except for Elvis. I asked the merch guy(a Taj Mahal(sp?) employee in a cheesy tux/uniform) why they weren't selling any of the other bands' merch and he gave me the most BS excuse I've EVER heard "it would be too 'CRAZY' if they sold everyone's merch". Psssh w/e, he just didn't want to give anyone else any other options and didn't want to be outsold as the headlining act.
In the immortal words of Jean Grae,
"If there's not competition than what is the fucking point? You can't win by default, unless you're scared of a challenge. It's not really a fair game if you won't allow balance".
I know it's not a "game", but he sure as hell treated it as such.
Like I said before he's made some great music, but Elvis Costello is an egotistical, primadonna and a money-hungry PUSSY.
Advice for his next "Elvis & 'Friends'" performance:
-Collaboration is fine, but keep it to a minimum and give the other acts more time to peform their own music on their own time, w/ something more than just 4-5 short songs.
-Let all acts have an even and fair amount of merchandise for sale
-If it's not causing any harm let the people party/dance/enjoy themselves/etc. as they please and keep the "security" (that only seems to put a wall up between the artist/audience ineteraction and chemistry) to a minimum
I want my $85 x 2 plus a gazillion service charges back or @ least 1/2 of that and some sort of an apology or explanation.
posted by xFreshx To Death @ 2:56 AM