Random Thoughts on a Drizzily Friday Friday April 7, 2006

Fitting how rainy and bleak it is this morning considering the Taste of Mooping Concert was last night. Wow! If there ever was one event that proved father time has taken his toll on me this was surely it.

The dome was filled to the brim with every 13-17 year old scene kid in the city. Not a single person in the audience wasn’t wearing some combination of black, black on black, or white with a ton of black. The teenage angst and heartbreak in the air was so thick you could cut it with a knife. But still Half the fun of the evening was laughing at the 15 year old girls too drugged up to know where they were or the group of kids crunkin it up to heavy metal. I’ve been to a few mosh pits in my hay-day. But I don’t think I’ve ever seen kids’ break dancing and playing leap frog in a mosh pit. Seriously the kids were leap-frogging over each other. It was hilarious. I’m sure that made for a great myspace blog entry – Dear blog, I went to the taste of chaos last night. I leap frogged over Justin five times. It was awesome. P.s. my mum doesn’t hug me enough.

As for the music? Well we showed up at 8:00 and missed the other 9000 my girl friend left, me now I wear black makeup bands. We did manage to catch Thrice, who played a very tight set. It was obviously not their first Rodeo, a great band… but nobody else on the bill was memorable.

The Deftones – like McGuire and myself are showing signs of aging. While they still unloaded a punishing wall of sound and heavy metal fury, you can tell that years of touring, pot smoking, and drinking have taken their toll. Besides the drummer Abe, they appeared kind of out of it. As a ravenous Deftones fan it was disappointing they didn’t venture in more of their ambient/electronic repertoire. Songs like Minerva, Back to School, Deathblow were surely missed. Which also meant that DJ Frank Delagenlo didn’t do much during the show.

But hearing Change and Be Quiet and Drive was amazing. Being a few feet away from the band was also a dream come true. Seeing a 250 pound 45-year old Mexican standing on the shoulders of many screaming at the top of his lungs. Priceless. Still the capstone of the ‘tones performance had to be Abe’s drum kit. Sandwiched between a fortresses of 7-10 Large Marshall speakers it only had three words taped to it: “TRUST NO BITCHES!!” As McGuire mentioned you have to be a jaded individual to have that on your drum kit. If I ever snap and lose it I’m going to have those words tattooed on my forearms.

(McGuire took some killer photos with his razor, so they will be posted here… shortly… I hope)

So…Random thoughts part…

First – Starbucks is advertising for the new movie Akeelah and the Bee on all of its sleeves of coffee. Here’s a spelling bee word for you….S-C-A-L-D-I-N-G. That’s the sensation I got from spilling hot coffee on my hand while trying to figure out why the hell B-R-U-N-N-E-O-U-S was printed on the sleeve of my cup. Corporate Arse muppets!

Second – Finally a Baseball pool I think I could win.

Third – Best Flickr group/cluster – Stick Figures in Peril.

Fourth – This quote brought a tear to my eye. – “It’s definitely an honor to be mentioned in the same sentence as Gary Suter,” – Dion Phaneuf.

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