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Options July 29, 2014: I'm Too Old For This Schlitz
I went to see Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds on Sunday night. I'd seen them years ago, at the Beacon Theater in Manhattan, with a nice, comfy seat in which to park my carcass. Not this time. I screwed up and didn't notice I was purchasing General Admission/Standing Room tickets. Initially, my wife was supposed to join me but when she found out we didn't have seats she balked. I totally get it. The idea of standing around for God-knows-how-long while being packed in with a bunch of smelly, drunk, stoned acolytes made me more depressed than anything off The Boatman's Call.

I don't know if it was FOMO or that I'd been looking forward to it so much but I decided to go and I gave away the other ticket to someone who bestowed free Flaming Lips tickets on me not long ago. Ultimately, I enjoyed the show. But I think I'm too old for this shit. I felt like I was stuck in that Portlandia sketch The Best Part Is Going Home. In that sketch, Carrie and Fred brilliantly (apologies for being redundant: they don't do anything any other way) deconstruct the whole experience of heading out to a concert, putting up with the crowd, getting overcharged for everything, waiting through the encores and that blissful moment when you know you're heading home. Oh, just to be home. That was me Sunday night.

I would go see more live music. But I can't take the diehards. The people singing along at the top of their lungs because they know all the words. The ones who know when so-and-so is going to take their moment in the spotlight and they bum-rush you from behind to take cellphone pics. They ones who yammer endlessly about how this show is not as good as Cleveland and that one was not as good as Philly show. The ones who need you to know that they care more deeply than you. That they're paying more attention. That they are all up in that band's ass. Meanwhile, I've met Nick Cave. I shook his hand. I interviewed him on the radio. And he signed my copy of "The Death Of Bunny Munro" (below). I win. So please shut the hell up and let me enjoy the show.

Sorry. I didn't mean to go all superior there. It's just that I think my general-admission-standing-room-only concert-going career is over. What about you? What are you done with? What are you too old for? Or fed up with? Or unable to take anymore? When was the last time you felt like the Warriors or that guy in After Hours, when all you wanted was to get home? Call me tonight at 201-209-WFMU and answer one or all of those questions. And please remember: Nick Cave is 56 years old.

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Nicole Atkins  The Way It Is   Options 2007 

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/29/14 6:03pm dale:

was red right hand always the background? oh - i see the sidebar
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/29/14 6:07pm dale:

first time i saw him was lollapalooza, with smashing pumpkins as the headliner. hell of a show.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/29/14 6:10pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Alas, it's great when a DJ can just babble on about Babylon.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/29/14 6:18pm Ken From Hyde Park:

DJ Mary Wing was trying to get tickets to the show on Sunday. Will have to find out if she was able to go or not.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/29/14 6:22pm dale:

nj's smokestacks in days gone by contribute to that phlegmy stereotype
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/29/14 6:27pm Andrew Waterloo:

The thing is, you'd better not be eavesdropping on those loud personal conversations that people have in public.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/29/14 6:27pm the Master:

most of the youngins wear ear plugs these days-something we would never do in the 70s
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/29/14 6:27pm Greg from Bloomfield:

I ADORE Nicole Atkins, and if anybody grumbled in her direction I would murder them.
Avatar    Tue. 7/29/14 6:30pm HarktheUmpire:

Try standing in the crowd during a radiohead concert... my elbows were doing overtime just trying to stand in one spot about 50 meters away from the stage. And the things people say: "This is so awesome", "this is AMAZING", "can you believe this?" "Oh my God, look at him dance", "this is like, the best thing ever". Ugh..
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/29/14 6:30pm chris:

Was he wearing a whalebone corset?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/29/14 6:41pm the Master:

hang up Chris
Avatar    Tue. 7/29/14 6:41pm HarktheUmpire:

Phish?! HANG UP!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/29/14 6:47pm dale:

just do the flip wilson handshake and call it good.
  Tue. 7/29/14 6:49pm SeanG:

Billy Childish is where it's at, not Nick Cave
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/29/14 6:50pm chris:

The Warfield in SF serves drinks at a table while Nick Cave performed... saw him there earlier this month.
Avatar    Tue. 7/29/14 6:52pm HarktheUmpire:

The one band you want to be standing for is Yo La Tengo, because every single person in the audience is at least likable.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 7/29/14 6:52pm JakeGould:

“The Bottom Line” used to be like that. “Knitting Factory” on Leonard Street used to be like that. Oh wait, I am old & those places are gone.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/29/14 6:53pm dale:

awww, that kyle was MY OLD LADY - love ya babe! nicole adkins has an anita lane vibe going on. only much nicer.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/29/14 6:55pm Andrew Waterloo:

I am seeing Nick Cave on Thursday!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/29/14 6:56pm Andrew Waterloo:

I have a seat!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/29/14 6:57pm dale:

nick definitely gets influence from faulkner and night of the hunter and wpa imagery and the bible and etc etc.
Avatar Tue. 7/29/14 7:00pm radioronan:

Chris - I think you were standing right behind me before show started. I admit I got swept up in the crowd once Nick went on. It wasn't pretty but I went with it and I am not ashamed.
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