16 dec 2007, 09:41
Sat 15 Dec – Björk, Ratatat
I arrived at the Palms hotel at 4:30. The doors didn't open 'til 6:30, and the show didn't start 'til 8:00.
So after a stop to the Coffee Bean, and reading the ENTIRE Las Vegas Weekly magazine, I finally got in line. Everyone was so extremely kind, I think it was because we all had Björk in common. I was suprised to find out that I was one of the only Las Vegans there. It really touches me that people flew/drove that far to see Björk in all her glory.
The evening started out with the band Ratatat. Besides knowing that they performed at Coachella this year, I knew little of this band. They were a very pleasant suprise. I would classify them as Electro/Indie Jam Rock. No vocals, but keys, guitar and bass. All of which were either distorted, or played samples. The bassist also played drums for a few songs. I don't know the names of any of the songs but 'Wildcat' which was freakin' awesome. :) Sadly, no album at the Merch booth.
Then came Björk, mind you, I was front and center against the guard rail. TAKE THAT SUCKERS. Her first diddy was 'Earth Intruders', in all it's glory with flags waving, trumpets playing, and flames roaring. An intense moment. She next performed 'Unravel'. Achingly beautiful. Goodness.
I didn't really pay much attention to the order of her songs, but I can tell you that when 'Joga' was performed I almost cried with Björk's soaring vocals, and blaring horns and smashing beats. 'Desired Constellation' once again showcased her unaging voice saturated in emotion. The recTable, the radar looking table that plays midis was unveiled during this song. 'Vokuro' was a brilliant Icelandic piece. 'Hyper-Ballad' and 'Pluto' stole the night. Each crunched and smashed its way into my, and the audience's heart. The night capped off with her triumpant 'Declare Independence' as an encore. While confetti was flying in the air, and my fist pumping towards the heavens in the electric sea of the crowd, I thought to myself, 'Damn, this is epic'.
Damn right it is.