This weekend just gone, I saw Veruca Salt at the Rosie. To put it quite frankly, it was the best gig of the year and maybe one of the best of my life, since this was the original line-up of the band that most people present wouldn't have ever seen in the past, not even back in 1997 when they had Stacey Jones on drums. Saturday night's line-up was the one from their 4-track EP *Blow It Out Your Ass It's Veruca Salt*, which features a moment where the band introduces itself:
"Hi, I'm Louise ... I'm Nina ... I'm Jim ... and I'm Steve ... We're Veruca Salt ... and you're listening to 'Blow it Out Your Ass'."
I don't see any setlists up yet from Saturday night, but going by the one from a Sydney show, I can sort of maybe guess at the Perth one:
- One More Page of Insincerity Please (I know this was played first ... it was a b-side written by Nina back in the day. WOOOO! NINA'S BACK!)
- It's Holy (new song, AWESOME)
- I'm Taking Europe With Me
- Shimmer Like a Girl
- The Museum of Broken Relationships (new song, AWESOME)
- All Hail Me
- Spiderman '79
- With David Bowie
- Venus Man Trap
- One Last Time (a capella by Louise, with the crowd singing along ;) )
- Volcano Girls
That is totally NOT in order, and I'm pretty sure I'm missing at least one, if not two, songs from the list. But if you know this band you will realise just how amazingly epic that setlist is. In fact, as I was typing it out just now I could almost hear myself reading it out loud and my voice getting more forceful and excited with each new song title uttered. :P
For me, the absolute highlight was hearing "Sundown", another of my all-time fave b-sides by any band, ever. This song is about Kurt Cobain, and was written not long after he died. Same with "Aurora", which I didn't know until they told us the story on Saturday night. They had been playing a show when they learned about Kurt's death, and when they went outside after they saw the aurora borealis as they were that far north. So that's where the song's name came from. Apparently they hadn't played the song again since recording it, until coming on this 2014 tour. :)
So yeah, on the way to the show I was already losing my voice from a) being slightly under the weather that week and b) singing too loud. Then during the concert I pretty much sang every word to every song, and that didn't help my poor voice. As Jenna (who I met up with before, during and after the show) said, "And the ringing in my ears ... from playing too loud ..." to which I responded, "I hear the ocean I hear the crowd." (lyrics from "Earthcrosser" ;))
I also met up with Marina, and that was awesome too.
So basically it was a mind-blowing night and I had happy tears on many occasions.