I'm literally at a loss for how to express my amazement with this band's shows. I had fun at the Daddies shows in Eugene, and I got an inexplicable kick out of the Red Elvises (inexplicable to my friends, who couldn't understand the charm of such songs as "I Wanna See You Belly Dance"), to name a few, but nothing compares (out of my head NOW, Sinead) to these shows. Yelling appreciation has always been enough but now I'm left with a frustrated feeling I ought to be able to show more somehow. Music hits to the core without translation or pretension and every time I leave a show I wish I could respond in kind - but words are all I have, and they seem so insufficient.
Uhm, what I mean is they sucked. Really. You weren't missing a thing.
Can't keep that up long!
Last night's show was incredible. I don't know if Common Rotation played all these songs at the last show (which I didn't make it to), but the newer songs are more open somehow... more contemplative and more complex in many ways than their already rockin' earlier music. The next album will be one well loved and oft listened to, not just by me but by my little sister who loved the band and whose card to Adam I think I got a little carried away with. The music was playing and I couldn't help myself! blush
Oh well... nichts nun zu machen! 'Cept to get the word out, of course.
So very inarticulate this morning! But I think I spoke my part, so I'll just move to the song list with a couple of notes to try and more fully replicate the experience for you.
My one vent? PEWS! This meant no dancing, except the stationary-white-man's-overbite-cha-cha-cha kind.
1) Post Modern
2) Did a Verse End?
3) Indie Rockin'
* When the show was over, Adam imitated breathless
musicians speaking unintelligibly between songs. <gasp, wheeze, gasp> "No one's ever rocked this hard before!"
4) Don't Let's Start
* Adam joked (at least somewhat) about how when he tries to be serious, everyone keeps expecting a punch line: "He's just f***ing with us! He's not sincere - I know this guy!"
5) Dedication - not the real title?
* or "why I'm so hairy" if you went by Adam's post-song ramblings
6) Union Dues
* Briel got lots of good Eric eye contact, which I'm sure would have made most of the less stout-hearted lasses swoon and then melt. But Briel's made of stern stuff, and simply smiled.
Afterward, Adam: "Maybe I'm tired of looking like a Wall Street broker on crack." He took the guitar from Eric and fiddled around a bit before Eric came back on stage and took it over again. People cheered for Adam and he said not to encourage that kind of behavior, but it was fun and it did sound good, so why not express appreciation?
7) Not What We're Looking For (not the real title)
8) Ken Beck joined them for The First Time
9) Offstage Lines (beyond freakin' stellar)
* Eric seemed to be a little put off by the shrill yells of appreciation and asked basically, "Couldn't you just say, 'Yeah'?" To which Adam responded they couldn't control us so just had to go with us. He played military for a moment and asked stiffly, "Are you all having FUN?" The audience: "Sir, yes, sir!"
11) Savior, this time with a little bit of Eminem's "Let's Get Down to Business"
12) Sit Down
13) *No idea what this song is called (Princess of Venice, maybe?), but it was Eric singing by himself. The audience suddenly was comprised of ten guys since all the women had melted. I'm mostly impervious to these charms but I still think Eric just needs to bottle that up and sell it to the men. The added income would buy him a mansion or at least a nice Malibu beach home or nine.
14) Fortunate, as always the next-best-high-point -
Adam was still off-stage while Eric sang, and when he came on after the first verse, the audience sang Happy Birthday to him - great fun
15) Oklahoma with Adam joking about "Alanis Morisetting" it before really kicking in the groove. Anyone who has disregarded harmonicas in the past really needs to hear this so they can properly readjust their worldviews.
16) "Wrapped Up in You," sung down from the aisle to a most appreciative audience. I love these small venues, although even more than that I'd love to see 'em once in a while in sold-out hurkin' ones.
That was the show. Eric said tonight's is going to be pretty short by VR dictate, but what can be expected at the root of all evil that is the Viper Room? Still, I can't complain about a chance to see more Common Rotation. Anything that brings us the guys has to have some little bit of light left in 'em.
Both Eric and Adam took pictures with my 16-year-old sister, which alone made her Los Angeles trip worthwhile. She was practically glowing when we left (I think we all were) and I was once again pleased that these guys are not only great rockers but good guys. Sweet.