The Tragically Hip are coming to LA. I bought tickets last night. They are playing at the Troubadour which holds about 500! I've seen them in front 0f 20,000 before so this should be a little more intimate. About 12 years ago I saw them at the old Ontario Place Forum in front of about 3000 which is the previous smallest crowd. This one is going to be awesome. Who's interested?
PS they owe me for a bad show at Fort York a couple of years ago. Expectations are high.
Went to the Springsteen show a little while ago. Erin and I had general admission seats at the LA Sports Arena. So, the system is come early, get a wrist band with a number on it, one of the numbers is drawn and then that number goes in first - basically getting first crack at the best spot in the pit.
Erin and I got there around 4:30 and had wrist bands #574 and 575. About thirty minutes later they line us up by our number and about an hour later they pick a number. They told us only 600 get into the pit. They drew #2. So we would be nearly the last ones in. At least we weren't the 200 who came early and didn't get in.
The show was fantastic as usual. Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, The Night Watchman) played guitar on The Ghost of Tom Joad and was awesome. It was a repeat of the Anaheim show from last year and well worth it. We ended up really close to the stage but not crazy close. Only 4 songs from the new album made it in the set, only 2 of those were good and basically nothing from the last album. Still worth the ticket but I'm going to have a hard time convincing Erin to line up 4 hours early again.
Returned to New York for a birthday weekend and it was a great weekend. After nearing dying on the cab ride to Brooklyn [worst NY cab ride ever and I've been in 2 taxi accidents there], Erin and I rested up before heading out. We were supposed to get some pre-wedding photographys done but it was raining and foggy out so we postponed for a day. We went for lunch at Lenny's, a place very much missed by me and then strolled around for a little while taking in a couple of old neighbourhoods. At the quitting hour we up met with Jibi, Cathy and Christine at the Houndstooth Pub (near Penn Station). We then moved on to Down the Hatch in the West Village to meet up with John and friends. Pitchers of beer were going for $6.50! Off to Rhong-Tiam for thai food. Then to Bua to meet up with some of Erin's friends from NYP. All in all, an excellent night.
On Saturday, we picked up our photo session at the brooklyn bridge and then headed to the seaport. The early pics look great. In the evening we went to dinner with Christine and John in the East Village called Lavagna which was excellent. The place was great and lively. Then to another bar in the East Village and back to Brooklyn to Harry's Pub where we met up with Jason and Katie. Another great night. Happy Birthday to me.
Sunday was lazy for me while Erin met some friends for brunch. My brunch plans fell through with a possibly still hungover Dan. We headed back to LA in the late afternoon.
What a great weekend.
Thanks to Christine & John for hosting us - very much appreciated!