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The Cure @ Lollapalooza

August 7th, 2013 Comments off

As it got closer to last Sunday I started wondering whether we should have purchased Lollapalooza tickets after all. I even went so far as to check ticket prices on StubHub and Craigslist. There were plenty of tickets to be had for face value and above. $200 to see my favorite band? Yay or nay?

I ended up deciding against it. I just couldn’t bring myself to spend $200 to attend a packed festival (attendance was a record-breaking 300,000 people) on a Sunday night even though Joe had Monday off from work. Picturing having to locate parking and navigate through a sea of people seemed daunting. I felt a bit sad, but then I learned that they planned to stream the concert live (well, turns out it was aired with a 15 minute delay, but still not too shabby). So I set my alarm for 8 PM, since the webcast was scheduled to start at 8:15 PM, and went about my day.

Once 8:00 PM rolled around I was on my computer and loading the website. Actually, I tested it earlier as well and discovered a new-to-me artist called Steve Aoki that I plan to learn more about since I loved his sound. Anyway, I was blown away by the video and sound quality of the webcast: it was phenomenal! Not only that, but they aired The Cure’s act in its entirety. Wow, I was not expecting that! I had a good time reading Twitter updates live during the show, as well as chatting in the comments of my favorite Cure fan site. And I’m so so glad we didn’t actually go because I had better seats at home! And while I think they sounded quite good (although for the love of god, please stop playing Wrong Number at shows, it sounds terrible), they did nearly all pop music for the entire two hours. We got Disintegration and One Hundred Years but that was about it for the deeper stuff. Sorry, but I don’t count Plainsong since they often use it as a dramatic way to open a show.

What I hold against Robert, however, is that he pulled A Forest (as well as Bananafishbones and Hot Hot Hot) from the set-list, which he has seemingly done to Chicago fans since 2000. Seriously, every time they tour, A Forest is played at the majority of shows. Then they come to Chicago, I get all excited thinking they will play it, and they don’t. WTF!??! Don’t they know that’s my favorite Cure song of all time? Don’t they care? I’m starting to feel like it’s some personal slight against Chicago. Damn you Robert Smith!

In case you missed it, here’s the show in its entirety.

Setlist: Plainsong, Pictures of You, Lullaby, High, The End of the World, Lovesong, Inbetween Days, Just Like Heaven, From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea, The Walk, Mint Car, Friday I’m In Love, Doing the Unstuck, Trust, Want, Fascination Street, The Hungry Ghost, Wrong Number, One Hundred Years, Disintegration

Encore: The Lovecats, The Caterpillar, Close To Me, Let’s Go To Bed, Why Can’t I Be You?, Boys Don’t Cry.

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The Cure

April 4th, 2013 1 comment

I made the decision not to buy tickets to see The Cure at Lollapalooza and what did I read today? That Robert Smith apparently said he’s retiring at age 55 which is next year. I sure hope that’s just another empty threat, or he comes out of retirement shortly thereafter, otherwise I’m going to be pretty sad that I passed up my last opportunity to see him live again (tickets are sold out so it’s not like I can get them now even if I wanted to).

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Lollapalooza 2013

April 1st, 2013 Comments off

Lollapalooza

I’ve never attended Lollapalooza and had no plans on ever doing so; crowded outdoor festivals in the summer heat hold no appeal to me whatsoever. Then I learned that The Cure is one of the headliners this year. I was eagerly awaiting the official lineup announcement, which came this morning, to find out which day The Cure would be playing and what other bands might be sharing the stage with them.

Much to my dismay, The Cure is playing on Sunday, August 4th. As headliners they will likely be playing in the evening which means we would have to get there early to secure decent seats even though there aren’t any other good bands playing on Sunday (why oh why does New Order have to be playing on Friday???) and we would have to take that Monday off or suffer the consequences of lack of sleep (I’m going to assume for the moment that I’ll have a job by then). Basically we’d be trekking downtown in the heat and battling the crowds to pay $200+ just to see The Cure. Needless to say, as much as I love that band I’m leaning towards not going.

Making a final decision would be so much easier if I knew whether The Cure plans on touring the U.S. anytime soon. If so I wouldn’t hesitate to skip their Lollapalooza appearance. As it stands now there’s a 25% chance I’ll be begrudgingly purchasing tickets on Wednesday.

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Podcasts & Kittens

January 23rd, 2013 Comments off

I’ve gotten super behind in the podcasts I listen to (all audio ones featuring dance music)! Many of them date back to October of last year. For some reason I don’t really listen to music lately even though I’m home all day and it’s the perfect opportunity. I think I was listening to it more when I was working as a sort of stress relief. I’d listen during my commute and also when I worked from home, although not as much in the last few months since things were so hectic with meetings and conference calls that I was lucky to listen to one song without being interrupted.

In other news, my foster application was approved! I could have a kitten or two as early as this afternoon. The organization I’m working with is picking up a few adult cats from the city this afternoon but they are guessing there will likely be some kittens they will need to place as well. I’ll know more later today. I can’t wait! I was able to get Bella to acknowledge the laser pointer today (previously she ignored it so much I thought she couldn’t see it) but she wasn’t quick to pounce on it like a kitten would be.

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Good Time

November 15th, 2012 Comments off

I’m in a much better mood than yesterday. How can I not be? I only have one more day of work before Joe and I have 9 glorious days off together which couldn’t have come soon enough. This week has been rough – I worked 10 hours of overtime. I don’t like working extra hours because I value my free time but I keep reminding myself those long hours are going to make for a nice paycheck, which, if I wasn’t so practical, I’d put towards an iPad mini. I admit it – I want one. It’s the perfect size to keep in my purse. But I don’t need one, so I’ll hold off… for now.

I’ve got a lot of stuff planned for my week off, including finally redeeming the massage gift card Joe gave me last Christmas. I kept putting it off for when I’d feel less stressed but let’s face it, stressed is my middle name, so I’ve got an appointment for Monday for a one hour Swedish massage – my first ever. I hope it goes well.

Oh and that title? I’m listening to the latest Owl City album. It’s too easy to download music cheaply these days. I found a $5 MP3 credit for Amazon so the album only set me back $3.

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