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Thursday, April 05, 2007 :::

A Million Frowning Emoticons Couldn't Convey My Disapointment :(

I've been a Decemberists evangelist (hey that almost rhymes!) for years. I can't even begin to estimate how many of their concerts I've blogged about or CDs I've gushed over. I proudly wore their concert T-shirt all over town nearly every day for two whole summers until it literally evaporated off of my body from excessive wear. Yes, literally. I even have a bustificated tambourine from one of their concerts that is prominently displayed in my bedroom. But right now they are on my naughty list.

Last time they were in town they put on a pretty good show in spite of lead singer Colin Meloy's illness. He would disappear from stage occasionally, presumably to vomit, and return looking a little pale and feverish. Understandably, they cut the show short and Colin himself apologized for the lackluster performance, promising to "remember Minneapolis next time around."

Apparently they forgot to remember because Minneapolis isn't even on the tour schedule this time around.

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I even emailed him to express my disappointment, but got no reply. Not that I was expecting one. Celebrities are busy, fickle people.

Once I got an email reply from Roger Ebert. I can't remember why I emailed him in the first place, but his personalized reply was one of my prized possessions until my computer crashed and I lost it forever. Another time, I got this lengthy email response from Sufjan Stevens, which I've desperately and almost successfully tried to convince myself was not actually just some form letter or canned reply.

I also got an unsolicited email from Mike White once, which I detailed in this post and am still quite proud of. Not that I'm a star-effer or anything. I don't make it a habit to hound celebrities. I just get bored sometimes. And obsessive. And fanatical.

Speaking of fantatics, this is one of my favorite SNL skits ever, in spite of Ben Affleck, and it's also appropriately (or maybe not-so-appropriately) topical.

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Ha! That FANatic skit should have been marked NSFW, because I'm sitting here laughing like a dork and now my coworkers think I'm crazy. And I can't explain why I'm laughing because it's rude to mock a dead lady.

By Anonymous Jess, at 12:30 PM  

Dan, that blows. You know what doesn't blow, though? I'm going to see them TONIGHT in Nashville, TN, where I live. You are the one that turned me on to them, too, so for that, thank ya!

By Anonymous Jen, at 2:33 PM  

Empty Promise Maker?....looking to bang some hoody homeless dude Dan?


By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:44 PM  

why is FATTY such a moron ?

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:08 AM  

and don't forget Al Franken Dan. Except he was rude to you in his stupid S.U.V. so that doesn't really count.

That is a funny skit, I hadn't seen it before!

By Blogger Trudy, at 12:25 PM  

I'm sorry I'm such a jerk. I don't mean the things I say. I just want to be friends. Forgive me Dan? FATTY

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:09 PM  

Please don't hate them, Dan. Their new-found commercial success is probably dictating that they go elsewhere this tour. I suggest that you take a trip out to good ol' Portland, Oregon, Dan, and see them live in their home town...I'll even buy your ticket (and they're not cheap--$31??)

By Anonymous lolA, at 4:26 PM  

I am sorry I say the things I say here on your personal blog. I realize my childish comments and rude, unsolicited remarks about your personal life are hurtful and wrong. I'm just a sad, lonely person who has no life of my own and I find myself becoming jealous of your blogs because you seem to have so many good friends and always seem to know how to have a good time no matter what the situation. I jealous of your successes and talents, and the droves of people who regularly subscribe to your blog and leave thoughtful, funny comments. I just find myself wishing we could be friends, but you'd never be friends with someone as hateful as me. It's me that sucks, not you, Dan. You don't deserve all the hateful names I call you, nor do you deserve the remarks I make about your sexuality. Again, that's my own insecurities talking and I'm sorry I have crossed so many of the lines of decency. I'm clearly not a decent person. I should have listened to the guidance counselors and all the therapists.

I am truly sorry.


By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:42 PM  

Dan-last night's show was dissapointing. My two favorites, "Yankee Bayonet" and "We both go Down Together", omitted. It was a solid show, though, albeit brief and only one encore song. I did buy a t-shirt and thought of you!

By Anonymous Jen, at 5:43 PM  

Apropos of nothing, Minneapolis is weird. There's this and then there's this, which didn't even happen in Mpls, but it's on WCCO's website.

Okay, that's all.

By Blogger Daniel, at 11:42 PM  

It's funny what you said about hounding celebs, cuz I sent you an email too. I've enjoyed/hated a mild celb status myself, and I know how it can be. I hope it didn't bother you too much.

Pete Foust

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:15 AM  

hey, you're absolutely correct about The Decemberists skipping Minneapolis on tour! And I without question remember Colin saying that since he was under the weather that evening and the set (or encore) was a bit shortened.

But remember, Minnesota is often 'FLy Over Land" when it comes to concerts, especially Progressive Rock.

By Blogger Media Reviews, at 1:04 AM  

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