Nine Inch Nails, Wachovia Center. The only huge stadium show I have ever been to, and always expected them to be gigantic-ly garish, but Trent and Co. put on an amazing performance (remember last post, about performers really performing?). Great light/screen/computerized effects--my friend and I frequently found ourselves asking, how the hell are they DOING that?? And Trent's voice sounded surprisingly good (guess it wasn't affected by his recent beefiness). Overall a passionate performance by him, after all these years.
Hot Chip, Starlight Ballroom and Trocadero. Both shows were completely mind-blowing. Well, perhaps SB show blew my mind a little harder, just cause it was the first time I'd seen Hot Chip live. And did they impress. Crowd went crazy at both venues, became an insane dance party, which just beats any rock show/crowd I've experienced this year. (Jumping and sweating around like a mad woman beats bobbing one's head any day.) Hot Chip puts effort in, you can tell from the details (big white balloons showering down from the balcony of the Troc during Ready for the Floor or funky drums as intro for Shake a Fist). See this band live, I'm telling you. Sorry but the albums pale in comparison to the live show (and the albums as you know are good, so that tells you something!).
One note, did anyone else think that the SB show was much "electronic/distorted" than the Troc show? Troc show seemed like they were taking a more organic approach. The couple of new songs they played also seemed like they were taking that direction. I'm a little scared--I like them noisy and electronic!
Clip from the show:
Balloons towards the end!!
One more thing, I saw Alexis walking through the lobby with food before the show, and he's SO SMALL AND CUTE!!! I wanted to squish him.