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Tuesday, April 12, 2005 :::

Worst. Concert. Ever.

Nobody can deny that The Shins are a great band and they put out great CDs. I even think they are probably a great live band when you can actually hear them. But they either need to hire some new roadies or First Avenue needs to rewire their sound system because The Shins were barely audible over the loud buzzing from the speakers at the concert tonight. There were a few loud bitches convulsing to the music next to me, and at any other proper sounding concert, all loud bitches would be easily drowned out by the rawking music, but the sound at the concert tonight was so bad that all I could hear were the annoying girls squeeling about how cute lead-man James Mercer looked with his shaved face.

Okay, so it wasn't the worst concert I've ever seen. That honor goes to Lenny Kravitz back in 1993 (I was in college, cut me some slack), who played for 25 minutes, feigned having the flu, and then went and had a private all-night jam session with Prince (or so it was reported in the paper). But still, you should be able to hear a band when you attend a concert. I'm not an audiophile. A crappy mono ghetto blaster with one speaker will usually sound just as good to me as some nerdy high-fi sound system with all the bells and whistles, so when I complain about the sound quality at a concert, you know it must really suck. We even left before the encore, which is very un-dan-like.

So anyway, I'm really disappointed. I'm not even going to post a bad camera-phone picture of the concert. That's how bad it was. But I did buy a concert T-shirt, of course. I just got no willpower at all when it comes to that stuff.

Again, no offense to The Shins.

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I just got back from seeing Phoenix who played down the street from The Shins tonight. I guess I had a better experience because it was really great show!
They even have a Moog Machine.

Plus one of the girls I went with "took off her underwear" because they were "wet" and threw them in the men's toilet. It was awesome. Who knew a fairly obscure French Band could inspire such debauchery...besides Air of course. Heck, I don't even wear bloomers to their shows. WEE-ET!

By Blogger brent, at 1:42 AM  

I'm glad I haven't seen the Shins live because it would be soooo disappointing for me to go see them and have the concert suck.

That sucks. At least you had fun at the Decemberists show and got a broken tambourine.

By Blogger Biglug, at 8:59 AM  

At least they were better than the burnettes. Who defined SUCK.

I hope we didn't miss much leaving a little early.

By Blogger BigDubb, at 12:53 PM  

I saw the Shins in December at the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas and thought their sound system stunk. They were so lackluster on stage, which would have been okay if we could of heard them. I didn't have annoying girls near me, but I did have two twin brothers doing air guitar through the whole concert. Rock on!

By Anonymous ArrogantBitch, at 4:56 PM  

I just got home from the all-ages show of The Shins... I wonder if maybe it was just first-night-of-the-US-tour jitters? I thought they sounded really good. But maybe I was alone in my bopping around tonight. I was excited to be out of the house.

By Blogger Amy, at 10:07 PM  

Well I'm glad they got their shit together then. A night earlier would have been nice.

Brent, are you saying you don't wear bloomers to Air concerts becuase you would just wet them anyway? I'm confused.

By Blogger dan, at 11:53 PM  

I can testify that the all ages show on Tuesday night was a fine one. Sorry you had such bad luck. You can read my review of the show at my music blog, Ding Gua Gua!. I've been a Planetdan reader and fan for a few months, and I hope you find our site useful/entertaining.

By Blogger Craig, at 9:11 AM  

Wow you must hate the Shins

By Blogger Stacy, at 2:24 PM  

woah. i saw lenny in '93 while I was in college, too. blind melon opened for him. they were great, but lenny suuuuucked. this was in boston. were you in boston in '93? wouldn't that be totally weird if it was the same show, yo?


i never saw the shins, but i saw the stills. and they rocked hardcore.

By Blogger Honey Bunny, at 7:54 AM  

The lenny I saw was in Minneapolis, but I'm sure he sucked nationwide that year. His opening act was called Raging Slab that show. I wonder where they are at now.

By Blogger dan, at 11:15 PM  

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