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Name: Fleabit Peanut Monkey
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Subject: RE: a Vet view
Date: Friday, September 20, 2002
Time: 2:46:11 PM
Remote Address: 208.148.72.124
Message ID: 38320
Parent ID: 38206
Thread ID: 38206

RE: a Vet view

I had a lousy time at the show. Nothing to do with anything but my own black depression. Lost my job (which was embarrassing and demeaning anyway) the week before, have no health insurance to pay for Prozac or any of several other health problems, vision failing, not completely over my mother dying...geez, you want any more details to bring you down? I didn't think so.

The Pretenders were an excellent opening act. We got to our seats during "Mystery Achievement", and I got to meet River Rat who was seated right beside me. Nice guy, with either a great fervor or some mushrooms shining in his eyes. At one point he stated the obvious - that Chrissie Hynde is the female Keith Richards. When she whipped out a harp in "Middle of the Road" I turned to him and said "She's Mick AND Keith".

The between-bands tape this tour is absolutely AMAZING Chicago blues, and much of it stuff I've never heard. Lots of Howlin' Wolf, Slim Harpo, Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, Little Walter, etc. Put everyone in the right mood. Mine didn't last, unfortunately.

The Stones' performance has been talked about already. I have nothing to add. The few cogent comments I had about the show I said in the car on the way home, and they all ended up verbatim in Sir Stonesalot's review on Rocks Off.

As soon as the show started Dandelion said something I couldn't hear and then disappeared. I stayed where I was because I was certain that she was going off to complain to security, and would soon be back to have the people in front of us punished. Then I thought perhaps she was having an asthma attack or an anxiety attack. Then I thought she'd demanded and been given an upgrade for her inconvenience. I felt pretty certain that no matter what I did it would be wrong, so I just hung where I was. At the end of the show I was very relieved to find that she'd ended up in the front row, so there was nothing for her to complain about, except that I'm "weird" for staying where I was, and that perhaps I had snuck off to hook up with pkg while she wasn't looking.

Oh, one detail no one mentioned - some young white guys were smoking crack down the row from me. It smelled like someone had dropped a cigarette onto one of the folding chairs and melted it, and for some reason it made me mad that these jerks were doing ghetto drugs instead of smoking pot like everyone else. It's really not a sociable sacrament, and it stinks.

It's not that I didn't like the show. "Love Train" was great, and "Slippin' Away" was gorgeous. Sad and beautiful. It summed up my mood perfectly. Well, it's just another song, but it's fading away...

The Stones - Keith in particular - seemed tired and not particularly into it, but that is probably just me projecting my own problems onto someone else, which is something people like me do. I've often said that the Stones provide the milestones of my life. I just had the overwhelming feeling that the milestone I just passed was one of the last.

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