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  1. Thursday, May 17, 2018

    saw U2 play last night at the forum 

    it wasn’t good.

    amber, who is sweet about everything, even looked at me about 90 minutes in and was like wtf

    they played a few hits, but the rest of the show was new songs, and old songs that no one liked even back then.

    and i like MLK, i mean who doesnt, but must we hear Pride in the Name of Love every time U2 throws a party?

    the stage was cool and they moved around the stadium a ton, so those of us in the back corner were very happy

    but still.

    and to top it off, Ticketmaster gave us an email before the show saying Doors Open at 6:30pm, and U2 starts at 8pm sharp.

    we got there at 8:11pm terrified that we had missed some, but we hadn’t.

    so we went to get some food and drink, i was surprised at how some of the bars had no lines.

    i was like, yo can i get a diet coke for the lady and 8 shots of rum for me?

    dude was all, yes, but we are closed until the band starts.

    i was like hmmm, weird, but whatevs, whats a few minutes.

    fuckers didnt go on till 9pm.

    and then gave us weak sauce.

    U2 has delivered the magic every time I ever saw them play.

    zero magic last night. super disappointing.

    this is what happens when youre rich and idealistic and you think you can get away with not playing Streets Have No Name or With or Without You.

    you cant.

    even Dylan plays Blowin in the Wind every show.

    even Dylan.


  2. Wednesday, July 9, 2014

    finally saw kiss play last night 


    super fun, loud, and filled with fireworks, fire, blood, confetti and good vibes


    and also Def Leppard, who opened.


    if youre gonna take a tall drink of water may i suggest amber smith blog who is a delight.

    she will eat wherever, whenever, she’s sweet to everyone, and will even pose with crazy ppl with kiss makeup

    we had a spectacular time and not even one beer was sipped all night: def a first for me at a rock show.


    thanks to the xbi we had front row tickets in the lower bowl at the newly refurbished Forum

    Def Leppard and KISS both expressed sincere gratitude to be back at the arena in Inglewood

    both mentioning how important the venue was for them through their career.

    Joe Elliott said they knew they had made it when, during sound check in 1983, they were opening for Queen there

    and as they were chilling in the back of the stadium during sound check

    they heard Brian May bust with one of their riffs and they couldnt believe their luck.

    likewise, guess who we ran into


    Katie Bain!

    who of course was there. she’s pretty much always at every great show in town

    so if you see her where you’re at you know you’ve chosen right.

    excellent night all around and what a pleasure to go with someone who also blogs because

    now i can say, hey check out amber’s take on the festivities.

  3. Wednesday, October 15, 2008

    saw weezer last night with the lovely ali miller of metromix. 

    the band played the forum where ive seen numerous shows: bob seger, tom petty, eric clapton, nirvana, duran duran + village people, hole + marilyn manson, ac/dc + yngvie malmsteen, the grateful dead, eminem, the cars, the cure, and several more.

    we had floor seats. not really seats. you got to stand on the same floor where magic faced off against bird, where wayne gretzky brought hockey to america, where marvin gaye sang the greatest version of the national anthem, where hendrix once played…

    and as i was standing there i thought how when they were building staples center i had thought “now why on earth would they do that? the forum has all the classy events, the sports arena has all the rest, we dont need no crappy ass new place just for the benefit of sky boxes for the rich.”

    but the forum is definately showing its age. its not just about the sky boxes, its an old arena without the benefit of being architectually classic. its not like its 100 years old, its only 40 years old, if that. its just old.

    the sound was good for being a barn, and rivers and company seemed to have a good time and the kids had a good time and ali and i had a good time, but it made me wonder how i will feel in 20-30 years when Staples is just another arena lacking in soul and filled only with memories of past events.

    sucks to feel that way about age, but it made me think that when we make new things, perhaps we should think about what they will look and feel like once the shininess of it wears off. does it have something that will hold up after decades?

    we have the wiltern and the el rey on wilshire that are so classy. theres the hollywood bowl and even the santa barbara bowl that have definately stood the test of time. but maybe those sports arenas of the 60s and 70s, the large and small ones, maybe it was right to tear them down for lacking anything redeeming except places where great crap once went down.

    before we ate at this soul food place which was soooooo damn good. we almost went to this other one, but it was 8pm and we were in the hood and nooooone was eating in there, so we kept driving and found this one with a line going outta the door. we went there. it was great.

    here are some other pics from last night.

    if all goes well i will have a real concert review today on our new music blog, Pop & Hiss which launched yesterday.