where: Target Center, DT Minneapolis
when: tonight – Tuesday Nov 25, 2008 @ 7:30 PM
cost: $89 – $383
okay – this concert was amazing. seriously. granted, i haven’t seen an arena show in about 15 years or so .. the last one was Jane’s Addiction or Chili Peppers headlining (i honestly can’t remember which – so that gives you some idea of my state of mind back then) with smashing pumpkins opening, right after gish came out – (this show only filled HALf of roy wilkins!! and corgan threw a hissy fit, stopping mid-song to threaten that he was going to leave if the crowd didn’t pay attention to him – what a whiner) because i hate big venues (give me first avenue – where i actually saw the best nin concert in the history of nin concerts.. but now i’m rambling)
but even my jaded arena-concert loving friends agreed that it was the best show they had seen – blowing both beck and radiohead out of the water with the crazy lcd screen sht.. it was obviously a stretch for them to blend the old with the new tho (and the new won, hands down). the songs from year zero, the slip and ghosts were absolutely amazing, but the kids preferred the old stand-bys (song 10-20 years old) and i found myself getting that feeling i experience when watching the big cats do “tricks” at the zoo.. slightly sad and wanting to look away, out of respect. regardless, i guess getting paid to perform (even songs 20 years old) is better than most jobs and performing those four or five songs probably paid for these lcd screens.
that said, my favorite song of the night was actually “big come down” :) so i guess i still want to hear some old stuff too.. the greater good and great destroyer were amazing and every track from ghosts blew my mind (the visuals blended best with these songs, i think). songs from the slip were awesome too but fit oddly with the rest (head down and echoplex were particularly perfect.. hey, it just occurs to me that i don’t think they played demon seed.. which is disappointing..hmm) and this was the coolest thing i have ever actually seen with my (relatvely sober) eyes.. (ie not in my head) – check it out on youtube [note: click "watch in high quality"]
lastly – the one thing that really wasn’t great about this show was the fact that we weren’t on the floor – my fault, since i missed the nin.com presale by 15 minutes due to poor planning (i was on a plane, waiting to take off and the stewardess put the smack down on my attempted ticket purchasing :(