Don’t miss me too much!
I’ll be continuing the birthday celebrations for the next two days in Tampa with some pretty awesome ladies. We’ll be seeing Bush live (twice in one day – who has the opportunity to do that) and then visiting Busch Gardens! I’m really excited for a girlie road trip, and even more excited to finally meet the lovely blogger, Terri, of Delightfully Darling after years of online friendship.
The Kills is one of my hubby’s favorite bands…and mine. For his birthday present, I got him tickets to see them in Paris last year during our Europe trip and they blew.us.away. So naturally when we found out they were going to play in South Florida, we had to get tickets once again. Holy hell. Why are they so amazing? Add front row status, and we almost couldn’t handle it. Alison Mosshart is electric, hot, and magnetic (Jamie, you are not far behind, my friend).
Which leads me into why these photos may be a little…well, awkward looking. They were taken outside the venue a couple of hours before doors opened and Alison was literally down the street. I just could not concentrate on my best “fashion blogger stance/face/pose” because the level of cool in the air was raised an infinite amount of notches and I just could not compete. So ridiculous giggles and weird contorted faces resulted instead. Sorry for that.
Any of you that follow me on this blog surely know by now that Bush has been and continues to be one of my favorite bands. At times I am mocked for loving bands from my youth, but I can’t help it. I’m loyal. Once I loved you, I will always love you. Both a character flaw and strength, if you ask me.
As a "baby" Bush fan back in '97!
I’ve been lucky enough (along with all the other members of the Bush Army) to foster an online relationship with the guys in the band over the last year, which has made my love for the band grow more. They are so down-to-Earth and very appreciative of their fans. I had a wonderful time a couple of weeks ago at Epicenter enjoying their first gig together as a unit in 8 years from atop the stage, which was a completely surreal experience, but I think this past week’s show at Tampa managed to supersede all that.
Everyone has something that they are completely and totally passionate about, right? Whether it is a hobby, a sports team or a band, everyone loves something. Well, I love The Smashing Pumpkins. Sure, I like a lot of people and things, but nothing more than the Pumpkins. Since my freshman year of high school, I have been enamored with this band. What is it? At this point, I couldn’t even specify certain reasons, they are just a part of me. I have very strong emotional ties to their music and where it takes me and how it makes me feel. Just the opening riff to a certain song can make me grin from ear to ear, become extremely introspective or a complete and total basket case. All their songs tie together to represent my formative years, to form…me.
And if musical soulmates were to exist, well Billy Corgan, you’d be mine. I still believe that no one can hold a candle to him as a lyricist. And despite his less than stable emotions at times, I believe deep down he is a really beautiful person with an open mind and a big heart. I have seen the Pumpkins 5 times now and each time is better than the last. I am lucky enough to have gotten tickets to their sold out show at Revolution Live, a really small venue for the group, and that show is now a week away.
It may seem like just another show I will add to my arsenal, but words cannot really express how excited I am to see them again. To see them as fired up as the reviews have been reporting. I saw this video from their performance of Hummer at the Viper Room and got really emotional. That is the Pumpkins I remember and grew up with. And I will be experiencing it first hand in a week.
Muse may not give us tour dates (that’s right, I’m talking about Florida), but they were generous enough to record their amazing Resistance Tour in its entirety for our viewing pleasure. The band released the footage on Myspace and it will definitely turn all those non-believers into die hard fans. With their monstrous video pillars and powerhouse performances, you can’t deny that Muse is one of the best live rock acts out there.
I’ll continue crossing my fingers that they will bring their show down to the Sunshine State, but for now, I’ll settle on watching this pretty epic display of win.