I have said it many times before – and I am saying it again right now – that I would rather listen to Motley Crue songs like “Dr. Feelgood” or “Shout at the Devil” one hundred million billion times than be forced to listen to the majority of today’s shitty, modern alternative trash rock for fifteen seconds. Because, here’s the thing, Motley Crue – undeniable walking punch lines that they are – are nevertheless a bonafide gang of dangerous, ex-drug addict rock stars from an old school of Rock with a Capital R that, really, does not exist anymore. And for this, I worship them openly. Continue reading Motley Crue Kick Start My Heart at Madison Square Garden!
I do a good job of keeping this on the downlow, but I am actually completely gay for singer George Michael. So, it was a thrill for me to be able to attend George’s show last night at New York’s Madison Square Garden, where Geoffrey and I found ourselves about six feet from the stage. Insanely gay!
George’s current tour features an out-of-control light and stage show, the star of which is the award winning, state-of-the art LED Video Screen designed and developed specifically for George Michael’s 25 Live tour. I am not fronting when I say that George’s show was so mind-blowingly psychedelic that, by comparison, it made Pink Floyd’s laser light spectacular look like Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tree before the Holiday Spirit brought it to life.
The stage is also unique in that George’s fifteen-piece band performs behind him on a three-tier grid stage that looks a lot like the set of The Hollywood Squares. I’ve never seen anything like it. George played for three hours, with a 20 minute intermission at the one hour mark, so you can absolutely say that the tickets are worth whatever you have to pay for them, or whatever sexual favors you must provide in trade.
After the show, Geoffrey and I took our excited little asses backstage, where Geoffrey turned into a little girl and completely lost his mind after talking to George for five seconds. It was really quite adorable. I was also able to hang out with George’s drummer, Carlos Hercules, who had gotten us the sweet list action – thanks, Carlos!
And we both had our photos snapped with actor Neil Patrick Harris (Doogie Howser, How I Met Your Mother), who seems like a very sweet and hilarious person (and really cute). All in all, an excellent night out in the city!
Oh, one more thing: one of George’s longtime back-up singers, Shirley Lewis, is married to this guy!
Madison Square Garden
July 21st, 2008 SET LIST:
Fast Love/I’m Your Man
Everything She Wants
One More Try
John & Elvis video
First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Spinning The Wheel
Kissing A Fool
Last night Tracy and I went to see Tenacious D play at Madison Square Garden. I got on the list through drummer Brooks Wackerman, whom I recently interviewed for Modern Drummer Magazine. Brooks is also the drummer for punk rock legends Bad Religion and he played drums on the soundtrack to the wildly successful film, Team America, World Police. Brooks told me that if the Team America gig was the only thing on his resume, he would die a happy man. Because, can you imagine being able to lay claim to having played drums on songs like “Everyone Has AIDS” and “America, Fuck Yeah!”? That’s just crazy.
Anyway, my point is, it was a really good show! I would never have come close to guessing that Tenacious D could sell out a massive venue like MSG, but the place was packed. I haven’t seen the D’s new film, The Pick of Destiny yet, but most of the songs in their set are from the movie, mixed in with some of their classics like “Tribute” (my favorite) and some song about a Sasquatch. I recommend checking out Tenacious D live in concert if they come through your town.