Wednesday, March 28, 2007

An Evening at The Fillmore Auditorium

Last night we had the opportunity to spend the evening at the historic Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco to see K-OS, RX Bandits, P.O.S. and Gym Class Heroes. Sadly, we missed K-OS, who we heard killed it! (we were running late....imagine that! But when have you ever been to a concert that started on time??) P.O.S., who has smashed onto the scene early last year combined passion, and lyrics to bring a fresh flavor of underground hip hop that was surprisingly entertaining. However, RX Bandits were pretty loud and painful; a weak attempt at punk-infused ska. Gym Class Heroes, the main attraction, were fun to see live, but overall fairly disappointing.

It seems that someone really made an error in judgement when the placed the order of the bands. My interest in Gym Class Heroes first peaked when I heard the track 'Cupid's Chokehold' that has a phat Supertramp sample.
(hit play to get a taste of it for yourself)


I couldn't help but wonder if the 'MySpace' enthusiasts, and hyper-text messagers that surrounded us had even heard of Supertramp? I highly doubt it. They just don't make them like that anymore! Breakfast in America? Anyone? There really wasn't a bad song on that album. But I digress.......

Clearly, there was an overwhelming theme throughout the evening, which was the innocence of youth. As I walked around the venue with my huge 'over 21' stamp proudly displayed on the top of my right hand, I realized that I was outnumbered. As the show continued, I tried to appreciate the enthusiasm I had for a favorite band in concert. How I would shriek at the mere stroke of a chord that even hinted that they would play my favorite song. But my favorite bands didn't have a guy on stage whose main job was to wave a flag back and forth, and can we talk about the ridiculous mascot that was dancing on stage? I guess the difference is, that the bands that I followed with love and devotion were actually good. It was the music, not the antics, that got me on my feet. Is good, powerful music that feeds your soul a lost art? I tend to be an optimist, and will continue to keep an open mind. This undoubtedly means I may find myself yet again swimming in a sea of pre-teen angst and prefabricated, overly produced music, but if anything, it keeps you young. Until next time, see you at The Fillmore. (3/27/07)

2 comments:

The moaning stomach!!! said...

Hey, at least GCH gave Supertramp some props. How many people listening to Madonna's cover of American Pie knew it wasn't her song originally - not many I bet. Did you ever hear Madonna thank Don McLean? I think not, that stupid whore....

Elizabeth said...

Ah, geez, the flag. The mascot! Both had blurred into the oblivion of the evening and I am rudely reminded. What was that thing supposed to be?!?