In the meantime, things are finally slowing down a bit here at KATN, effective today. Now that they have, I've been uploading and sorting through all the pics and videos I've been taking. Which has been rather fun, because it's allowed me to slow down the past month and remember all the people I've seen, fun things I did, etc. Here are a few favorite pics I discovered:
|Taken in L.A. Oh, how I miss the weather there.|
|Mötley Crüe, June 2011|
I've seen several live shows recently. Mötley Crüe being one of them. Going into it, I opted to take my usual pessimistic stance and assume they might not sound as good as the last time I saw them, in 1987 on the Theatre of Pain tour (which Loudness opened up for, as I've mentioned here before). No matter how hard those guys have lived, I have no question that Nikki, Mick, and Tommy are going to bring it musically every damn time. That is a given. Even on the Theatre of Pain tour, when their addictions were at their peak, they fucking brought it. The wild card, of course, is always Vince Neil. So, I hoped for the best but didn't necessarily expect it. Vince didn't sound great, and he tried way too hard and way too often to hit some high notes that he has no business trying to hit, but overall he sounded decent and better than expected, so the show was surprisingly good. And I can't go without mentioning Tommy Lee's drum solo. My god I love that guy. I want to hang out and have vodka cocktails with that fun-loving nut. There's no way that wouldn't be fun. Here's video of essentially the same thing that I saw. Not your typical drum solo, but it reminded me of the rave days of my youth, so that was cool.
Changing things up a bit, I also caught Bel Biv DeVoe live. I love me some BBD, and this was a free outdoor show so why would one not go, if for no other reason than to hear Poison and Do Me? Well, it ends up they rather sucked. They just didn't sound good, and when it came to playing their aforementioned two big hits, they pulled stupid shit and extended the song out way too long, interjecting it with bullcrap like bringing people in the audience up on stage, yapping about who-knows-what, and basically ruining the song. They would stray so long, that once they picked the song back up you almost forgot that's what they had been playing in the first place. People don't want to hear that. People want to hear Poison as it was recorded and as they know it, which means in one fluid piece, not all broken up so that as soon as you get excited and into the groove, they shatter your hopes by basically stopping mid-song. I call bullshit on you, BBD. Good thing I didn't pay for that or we would have trouble.
A special guest came to town to celebrate my birthday. Perhaps you've heard of Ted Nugent? I hadn't seen this guy since '86 or '87, so it had been a while. I figured it was worth going just for nostalgia purposes alone. Ted sounded great on guitar, but his vocals have certainly gone downhill a bit over the years. It was a good show, but not a great show. He could've scored some points if he would've come out in a loin cloth like the good ol' days, but he didn't. To my pleasant surprise, he did not yap about the Tea Party at all. He did, however, talk about hunting a lot. Sometimes he referred to it as "killing meat" or "getting meat". After the encore, the band came back out to say their goodbyes in classic Nugent style, waving American flags and machine guns. Or maybe they're rifles. Or Uzis. Forgive me, I don't know my firearms. Here's a brief, bad quality video of it:
I also got to see my old high school friends play again this past week. These are the guys I reconnected with last Fall and they are in a kick-ass instrumental metal band. I said instrumental metal. And they pull it off. These guys are tighter than a fish's bumhole. Since this night was part of the official birthday celebrating, I was able to force several people to go who are not necessarily metal heads like myself. And just as I suspected and hoped, they loved it. Here's a video sample below. Stick it out and listen through all the change ups. It's obvious they practice A LOT. I don't know how they don't lose their place in the song. I couldn't record the whole song because all of their songs are super long and my arms were getting tired.
Before I go, I have one more thing completely unrelated to anything I've just talked about. I got an email recently from American Airlines with my mileage statement. My thoughts about the free trip in my future were a bit overshadowed by the rather intriguing mileage expiration date.
|Note to self: redeem mileage before End of World|
That is all for this episode of Random Audio and Visuals. I thank ye for coming.