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Twenty years ago if you screamed “arcade fire” someone would have responded “oh no, the video games.”
Nowadays, everyone replies “hooray.” Well almost everyone. Yes hooray for that super cool band playing Coachella this Sunday.
I have been obsessing cause I cannot go. Instead, I will post about my sadness and concert withdrawal. It has been 10 years since seeing a band play in a large venue. Surrounded by sweaty, drunk fans. Saying it out loud doesn’t sound pleasant. Somehow the music muffles out the body odor.
I have another band to blame for my obsession of great concerts. The masters at creating the total concert package is Radiohead. Lights, sounds and intoxicating, spellbinding melodies. I will remember my first Radiohead show. April 1st, 1998 in the pit at the Universal Amphitheater at City Walk.
Back then, I used to take public transit home from work. It was a rather dreadful hour and a half long ride on 3 buses, a gaggle of grumpy people and a few random encounters with the mentally ill. I would get situated far in the back, plug in my earphones and then drift away. This went on for longer than I hoped…being car-less sucked.
My escapes happened on weekends.
I would plan and plot away. When I didn’t win tickets for concerts, I worked for them. Hundreds of dollars for last minute, spontaneous fun. I started “blogging” about the concerts to keep track of them, on the now defunct Geocities sites. It seemed like every few weeks it was a new band. Blink 182, The Verve, Third Eye Blind, Radiohead. Radiohead.
And more Radiohead. Arcade Fire might top them should I ever get to see their show. I REALLY wanted to see them this weekend…for the first time.
For now, I have this link and I will start plotting away for the concert date in July.
Radiohead. At about 2:35, things get real but don’t skip ahead. You’ll miss the build up. Headphones make it surreal.
Because you need to watch this more than once.