Saturday, May 23, 2009


Friday night and its time to party. This is probably the 7th or 8th weekend in a row where the weather turns cloudy, cool and damp after gorgeous days during the work week. I've got to get serious about the house residing project. Sitting here to type this post is just another delay.

Sometime after 10PM the party started, the opening act being Nirvana's October 30, 1991 show at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC. An excellent quality sounboard recording of a fantastic concert during which Kurt Cobain, bassist Krist Novoselic and drummer Dave Grohl rocked the house. You can't listen to this music without having to move. I was pleasantly surprised at how good the show was, fearing it would out perform The Bunnymen who were to follow. This show took place shortly after Nirvana released their second studio album Nevermind on September 24, 1991, and just before they began their European tour.

Excerpts from Wikipedia:

Nevermind was responsible for bringing alternative rock to a large mainstream audience, and would subsequently be regarded by critics as one of the best rock albums of all time.

Guitar World wrote, "Kurt Cobain's guitar sound on Nirvana's Nevermind set the tone for Nineties rock music."

Rolling Stone wrote in its entry for Nevermind on its 2003 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, "No album in recent history had such an overpowering impact on a generation -- a nation of teens suddenly turned punk -- and such a catastrophic effect on its main creator."

Clouds fill the night sky
Lit by city's orange glow
A light rain falling

Poured out on the stage
They play for their audience
Hearts tied together

Drawn up from within
Wealth of creativity
Offered to our souls

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I was afraid no one could follow that opening act, but Echo & The Bunnymen succeeded, and even managed to take it up a notch. Up next was their March 18, 1983 show at the Rotterdam Arena, what also sounded like a high quality, crystal clear soundboard recording. This show took place shortly after the release of their third studio album, Porcupine on February 4, 1983. All four band members performed beautifully making this another in a string of many great concerts of theirs that I've had the pleasure of listening to. Rock solid music from a time when they were riding a wave of popularity. This is the stuff I crave.

What a way to end the night. Who knows what time it was when I dropped into bed.

A decade apart
Both exist within the past
Here in the present

Always beholden
For opening the eyes wide
Swept right off his feet

Flask that overflows
Poison floods his bloodstream
Opens the locked door

Raindrops on his skin
Connected to the present
Dancing in the past

Heard in the present
William's guitar is singing
Pulled into the past

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