Some Bands and How I’ve Seen Them
I saw Cibo Matto earlier this week, and am seeing Arcade Fire tonight, which brings back memories:
- Cibo Matto, Madison, 2001: a lady I knew from the internet whose boyfriend attended UW-Madison said I should see them with him. I was like, okay! I ended up getting a ride to the show with him and a dude who went to my high school.
- Radiohead, Liberty State Park, 2001: Radiohead went on tour and I decided to fly out east to meet a boy I had a crush on (again, internet) and also see Radiohead play with the pre-9/11 skyline in the background. That boy had a band and his band was dumb but I was too enamored to realize it yet.
- Crash Test Dummies, Somewhere in New Jersey, 2001: Same trip, a friend’s boyfriend was opening for the Crash Test Dummies. I was alarmed that the lead singer was short and svelte.
- The Blow, Some basement in St. Paul, 2004: I actually don’t remember how I came across this, but it involved a google search and a local message board leading me to a random house. I was going to a Halloween party after so I had a costume on and was by myself. I ended up making friends with a couple of kids who later wrote a missed connection about me that I didn’t see but somehow saw on myspace? And they became my new show friends.
- Arcade Fire, 400 Bar, 2004: There was this band that people were talking about on the internets and I said, should I go to this show? And everyone was like YES and I bought tickets at the door and the show was good but I couldn’t see most of it since the 400 Bar sucked. These stories never happen anymore because 1.) I’m not cool enough to be up on upcoming bands and 2.) EVERY SHOW SELLS OUT IMMEDIATELY, THANKS, THE CURRENT AND GENERAL MARKET TRENDS.
- Jeff Magnum, State Theater, 2012: I didn’t get tickets to this because (see previous). Deb bought two tickets intending to give one to her boyfriend, but later decided I was a more fit recipient and it was one of the best friend favors ever.
- Arcade Fire, Target Center, 2014: Now Deb and Will are getting married and the bachelorette party is the Arcade Fire show which is way better than the Shout House or other silly bachelorette options. We will probably be in seats close to where we sat when I saw bands such as Garbage, the Backstreet Boys, and New Kids on the Block at the Target Center, but I’ll be much better dressed and it will be great.