I've seen a few dozen bands live, but I still can't quite pin down what it is that makes a good live show, or what makes a live show special in general. Typically, I'm the kind of person who appreciates the intimacy and technical perfection of a record. But I love me a good live act, even though I don't mess around in the pit any more unless I have to.
One interesting thing about seeing live music is that often bands are better live, or better recorded. For some bands, there's a huge difference -- I've seen bands I didn't care for at all, live, and become a fan. And I've seen some of my favorite bands in concert and was really disappointed.
Any of you into live acts? Any memorable ones that I should try and catch in the future?
And for the hell of it (and in case anyone wants some feedback on a particular band), I will now proceed to list all the shows I can remember seeing without spending too much time thinking about it. Feel free to ignore!
Seether: Creatively, I love the play on words they use in songs but if you see them play in person it makes you lose that love for them you may have once had. No energy.
Papa Roach: I hated papa roach before I saw them play live. After that I actually liked them more. You can tell they love what they do.
Red: KICK ASS. KICK ASS. Had to say it twice to do them some justice.
Kid Rock: He actually is pretty awsome. I just had very crappy seats. So if I was able to feel the music as I'd say being right by a speaker I would have loved it.
I dunno, I sat next to the speaker for the Dieselboy set. It was ridiculously loud, and before Dieselboy even came on, I was basically deaf in one ear, with anyone talking to me (even outside the venue in relative quiet) just coming in as garbly radio-like static in my ear. I was actually worried I may have deafened myself but my hearing came back slowly over the course of the next three days. Suffice it to say that I do NOT recommend being next to speaker.
I was also next to the speaker for twodeadsluts, but I was too busy being hit with viking helmets and avoiding broken glass to really care.
I'm going to see Boris at the end of October! I'm definitely not going to be next to the speaker for that.
Ed, how was Olivia Tremor Control? I couldn't get into their recorded material... I vaguely recall it was a bit much on the concept-album side. Aren't they part of the Elephant 6 collective with all those other hipster bands, like Neutral Milk Hotel, Apples in Stereo, etc?
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