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|TGB$N (TGB/Ace Enders/Craig Owens/Versa Emerge - 3/14/09 @ Java Jazz)
|so even after all of the rushing, all of the speeding, and all of the cussing, i still managed to miss The Gay Blades set on Saturday night... |
as i jumped out of my truck and ran towards the venue, leaving my girlfriend and my brothers behind, i heard the distinctive drum beat of "O Shot" begin to play. i got to the window to pick up my tickets, and Clark Westfield's voice rang out through the walls/door of the venue, shrieking at the crowd and teaching them the chorus to the song, threatening them to sing along or else he was going to "come out there and sweat all over every single one of their 13 year old asses". at the same time, the girl behind the window told me that we'd all have to wait before entering, that they were having problems finding my name on the will-call list... i didn't know whether to laugh at what Clark exclaimed, or explode in a fit of rage and f-bombs at my shitty situation...
i got inside seriously seconds after they finished the song, ending their set. looking around at the crowd, i then chose to laugh, remembering both, Clark's comment about 13 year olds and that Craig Owens was headlining the show... what a weird tour for The Gay Blades...
even though they were the band i paid to see, we ended up staying the entire show (mainly because Ace Enders is my brother's idol). Ace performed a solid set, playing plenty of Early November songs (taking requests) as well as his "Bitter Sweet Symphony" cover. i got a chance to talk to him for a bit afterwards, mentioning the AP.net article on TEN's 2 year break-up anniversary.
after asking the inevitable question of whether or not TEN would be doing anything together in the future, the response i got was simple: "nope, never again", he said. "i'm sure you are sick of that question by now", i remarked. "i get asked that all the time, but as of right now it's a no. maybe one day though."
that's all i needed to hear.
i won't comment on how i thought Craig Owen's set was, becasue he is simply not my cup of tea, in any way, shape or form. although i will say that if i had never heard of the guy, i'd have assumed after the backstreet boys cover, the high pitched voice, the constant giggling, and the comments about wanting to "cuddle with everyone in the audience", that he was either 16 years old and suffering from a lack of testosterone, or he was 24 years old and suffering from the abuse of MDMA...
anyways, we got to talk/hang out with TGB for a bit during and after the show. surprisingly, Clark remembered my friend and i from their show last year in Ft. Worth with Dr. Manhattan. when i explained that i had missed their set, he said he felt bad about it and asked us if we wanted to hear a song real quick on piano. thrilled, we all followed him to the backstage area, only to find that the venue had locked the doors... motherfuckers... i guess it just wasn't our night. luckily though i will be attending SXSW on Thursday, so i will be sure to catch their set in Austin... god willing.
i hold TGB in the same regard as i do D-Man - they are all such awesome, hilarious, down-to-earth guys that are in this for the right reasons. the fact that he was willing to play just for us made me respect the guy and his band that much more, and i will always support them.
once more, give The Gay Blades a listen if you haven't already. Ghosts has been released, re-released, and will be released for a third time in the UK soon, so there's no excuse... haha.
*side note - Vesa Emerge was the opening band, who i completely missed.
|Tags: the gay blades, concert, java jazz