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28 April 2003 @ 11:32 pm
New iconage.

I skipped a single class for the first time in a year this morning. I woke up with a shudder to hear the horribly butchered version of Fur Elise that my alarm clock plays, and as I silenced the blasted contraption, I realized that goddammit, I really wanted to go back to bed. So I stood there for a minute or two, pondering. In the end, I decided that I had yet to miss a class in this entire school year despite sickness or other events, so why not "reward" myself for my good discipline ...? I went back to bed, slept for two more hours through the rest of my cramps, and felt better afterwards.

I've been meaning to write about the concert I attended last week, but for a variety of reasons it has either been omitted or forgotten. The experience has been relegated to the realm of short-term memory, so I'd better get down what little I remember before it's all gone.

I'm not much of a concert-goer. I hate loudness, and I hate crowds of people. But I paid my ten dollars and went, because I have developed a theory this year that if friends ask you to do something, you should do it unless you have a really good reason why not to.

12 Stones and Theory of a Deadman opened for 3 Doors Down, a group known for their song "Kryptonite." I was disappointed completely by 12 Stones ... they sounded like everyone else who tries to sound like someone else, and I found that every song was visually the same - hop, scream, and hold your pants up. The lead singer also engaged in some singing "techniques" that bug the hell out of me in any context - I have never understood how drawling out your words in an angsty, pseudo-nasal method lends emotion to the music, and never will.

Theory of a Deadman was better (the lead singer has more raw talent), but the volume increased even more - so much so, my pants were vibrating as I stood still. The fabric was practically twitching, as was the awkward sea of bodies in the rows before me. Legs in the air, heads in the seats - crowd surfers were tossed and thrown from one side to another, grinning all the while with meaningless enthusiasm. You are all built by the same machine, my friends ... even the bands you so adore are results of the mechanations of others, not just their own efforts.

Rumor has it that 3 Doors Down is not an exceptional live-performance group, and that the band had also been sending college students out to buy them cheap beer. Whether the latter is true or not, it seemed fairly apparent that the lead singer was either half dead, not fully "there," or just was an average singer - or maybe all three. It's somehow sad when a song is more impressive on radio than it is in person. If any of you ever get the "chance" to attend a 3 Doors Down concert, I fully recommend that you consider spending your money elsewhere.

This entry has been sitting around in one form or another for too long (basically, since last Tuesday!), so I'm going to just be done with it and post away.
Current Mood: apatheticapathetic
Current Music: "Hiro no Tsuki," Outlaw Star
livinghole on April 28th, 2003 10:05 pm (UTC)
Not make exuses or anything for the leader singer of 3 Doors Down (and not that this would even be an excuse), but he was noticably drunk and possibly on some other drug at the time. And yes, they are not the greatest live band. Maybe we should steal you away sometime and take you to a tool or NIN concert....
Soontir Felcaptsoontirfel on April 28th, 2003 10:24 pm (UTC)
i must confirm that the lead singer of 3DD was not quite himself. as with any band that comes here to perform (like Sugar Ray although they were gone before the show ever started) the singers get somewaht wasted. oh well....so long as it was worth the $10 for the ticket. thats all.
reekashininreekashinin on April 29th, 2003 12:30 am (UTC)
personally I liked 3DD when they first came out...then I got the chance to hear them on Leno one night...and have not purposfully listened to them since. but thats just me.

I'm not much of a concert junkie, my brother was, so I've found myself going to one or two concerts. Most of them were pretty good in my opinion, and I've always loved dancing, I just find that there's very few things as good a release, as dancing until your absolutely exhausted^_^

As a horrible musician, i just find that its sad when bands get on stage, in an inhibited state, when their on the bus, its their business what they do, I have no qualms with it. But on stage, you need to sound your best(whatever that may be)
*shrugs* yet again, thats just me.
reekashininreekashinin on April 29th, 2003 12:35 am (UTC)
sorry...but i had ta P.S about your song^_^ the Outlaw star ending themes are probably one of my absolute FAVORITE ending themes EVER! not ta mention i love the art at the end, the more realistic/sur-realistic look just makes me drool every time I see it.
pixiesboy on April 29th, 2003 05:40 am (UTC)
I don't like 3 Doors Down mainly for their political leanings but honestly I can't say I'm surprised to hear they have a lousy live show. However that's insulting that a band especially the lead singer would be noticably using drugs before a concert and not bother to consider the fact that people are . Obviously these people have no respect for their fans or that they paid lots of money to be properly entertained. Then again lots of these bands are signed right off the bat so they don't get in the necessary touring experience that they need to become a great performing unit.
aethene on April 29th, 2003 06:31 am (UTC)
Sounds just as pathetic, disrespectful, and horrible Creed.

And, yeah, highly self-referential bands can get very irritating if they're not careful exactly how they do it.

The new icon you're using is so cute.
One Who Wanders: determinedabiona on April 29th, 2003 10:45 am (UTC)
You need more colorful icons. : P ::poke poke::
aethene on April 29th, 2003 12:44 pm (UTC)
Haha, never! This new one has even less color than the previous! Bwahaha!