Rolling Stone and Jon on ITA New York
Keithjmoon70 at aol.com
Keithjmoon70 at aol.com
Fri Feb 23 00:28:08 CST 2007
>>That sounds fantastic. Anyone got a first hand account to share?
>While we wait for Jon.....
Ok. That Rolling Stone review pretty much summed the show up. Except I got
to see it from right behind Rachel's piano seat <ahem> while eating a
delicious Ribeye steak with the lovely and well connected Cynthia from IGTC and
other parts unknown.
We waited in line outside of Joe's pub for what we thought would be standing
room for the better part of 5 hours. There were no VIP tickets sold, so we
thought, and were just glad to be there to see the show and see our fellow
obsequious sycophants. (I learned those two words while waiting in that line)
We saw George L., and a bunch of Relayers outdoing us IGTCers once more. IF
I remember correctly, there was Laurie, Joyce, Meg, Brian, Lisa Lisa,
Corkface, Jack, Windsweptandinterested, and myself to keep one another warm and take
turns holding places in line with so we could get a break for a while. The
rest showed up at a sane hour.
There was a Starbucks about a block away and Cynthia and I went there to
warm up and well, get coffee and use the bathroom. After getting back I felt
funny to have gone to a Starbucks. I felt judged by the line holders who
didn't go there. Who fans in a Starbucks????... But I don't give a shit about that
no how and besides, I got to piss in their toilet.
The show we were waiting for started at 9:30 and doors opened around 9. But
the show before ours was some Japanese show and Japanese people kept getting
into our line. I said a few Chinese words that I know to see if they would
look but then I figured that since there are *two* Asian countries, they must
be Japanese instead because they didn't respond. There were some pretty
sharp dressers and this cool looking dude with a hat that I made a mental note
of. We sent them to the front of our line. But they kept getting into the
back. We could tell by how they looked that they weren't with our band. We were
racists. But they were warm, well dressed, and rather un obsequious.
Ok, fast forward to 9:0 something... Cynthia and I were sent to numbers 2
and 3 in the line. Yeaaahhhh!!! We were the second and third craziest that
day and the rest felt bad for that I guess. -Until they started letting us in,
and then it was every man for themselves. I was just focusing on following
George. I knew he knew how to weasel his way to the best places. But we
passed the dude collecting tickets and were told to go to the back of the line!
George smooth talked the dude and I just stayed put as Cynthia coolly handed
her ticket to the dude and I did the same and just followed her TO THE FRONT
OF THE STAGE! We had Rachel in front of us and Nicola Joss behind us. I
started to wonder how it is that these things happen like this.
The show starts. Rachel's Bum is right there. There is a curtain from back
stage that Pete peers through quickly. Rachels starts playing the Eels'
"It's a Motherfucker" so sweetly with her fantastic voice while playing chords
on that piano that gave me chills. Pete came out to play along. It was so
romantic to be there in the candlelight in that atmosphere with those people
listening to It's a Motherfucker together.
I enjoyed all the guests. Amos Lee had one hell of a voice. Rachel Yamagata
has two million hits on her MySpace and needs a new car and is sensational.
Buy her CD. I didn't much like J. Mascis -until Pete joined him playing
Listening to You and he stepped on his pedal and solo-ed his ass off.
But the real treat was what you knew it would be. Pete helped those people
do what they do and then he came on and cleared the stage of everyone making
it plain to all who the master is. I saw him play Acid Queen. The Real Me.
Drowned. WGFA. All acoustic. NO BAND NEEDED. No one can beat Pete
Townshend. It was like they all had flashlights and the sun suddenly came out.
And, as if that weren't enough, Lou Reed came on with Pete at the end and
they jammed together! Heck, Lou Reed even brought up Jack White. And Pete
made sure we knew that he was better than him.
But I already knew that.
Jon in Mi.
Oh yeah, I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw this dude from a list that
had his list name printed on the front of his shirt. LOL!!
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