Okay, I’m a bit late to the party, but this is pretty sweet. How many of that bad boys haven’t you plugged two bits into? They’re on tour, the bizarre thing is the order of cities. They are all over the map. Must’ve been the original Pacman algorithm.
Sweet! My buddy M@ hooked me up with a ticket to GnR Monday.Â Being one of my favorite all-time bands, I was stoked.Â Honestly I wasn’t that excited about the opener, Sebastian Bach (Skid Row), who I’d seen open for GnR some 16 years ago.Â I’ve always considered Skid Row to be wussy rock, a sort of precursor to Incubus (who should’ve stuck with the funky stuff they put out early).
We slammed down my flask of whiskey in the parking lot, then headed in (box seats, not GA).Â I predict: “First song- Welcome to the Jungle.”Â Jen, the nice lady bringing the beers warned us promptly…”Axl’s not coming on till midnite.Â Maybe 11:30.”Â That’s still nearly 5 hours away.Â We order beers.Â The Suicide Girls (surprisingly clean-cut and nontatooed) came out and did a pretty sweet set of routines.Â Some Reservoir Dogs, stewardess dances, chocolate, all sorts of stuff.Â Pretty entertaining, I busted out the below-seat binoculars.
To leave Jen to better things, we started ordering beers 2×2.
After the Suicide Girls, we got a nice set from Helmet.Â Helmet!Â They’re awesome, I didn’t know Helmet would be there!Â woohoo, things were looking up.Â They could’ve cranked the volume quite a bit more, but they were the opening band.
2×2, yeah.Â Happy Monday!
Okay. Â Sebastian Bach friggin rocked.Â He played a kickass set, a mix of old and new.Â He made it feel like the audience was there to see him.Â His new stuff shredded, the old stuff was tame by comparison.Â He belted it out, and his musicians were good and loud.Â They had fun.Â I rocked out.
Last call.Â 2×3 delivered in the 6-pack.Â My most expensive 6-pack ever.Â Like a QuickieMart in Antarctica expensive.Â But holy crap it tasted good, my blood was flowing, and it got us through the show.
GnR came on.Â Â Welcome to the Jungle.Â sweet!Â Nice riff.Â The new band sounded great.Â Axl did not sound great.Â He was flat.Â His voice virbrated like a reed a times.Â It’s the end of a hard tour.Â Singing like that, man, he has some energy, but he couldn’t carry it.Â Not this far.Â But the band sounded great, they added their own twists to the songs, not stealing riff after riff, but with the same flavor.
Being in a box, there were other folks in it, something I’m mindful of.Â But when you’re rockin you’re rockin and that means you’re not sitting.Â So I stood in the corner and banged my head till my neck hurt and banged some more.Â Guy behind me suggested that I sit, so others can see.Â Not angry, but pleading: “It’s f*%king Welcome to the Jungle man you hafta rock!” and I continued to rock.Â I sat when I didn’t need to rock.
Song of the night: Rocket Queen.Â Sweet variation musically, and Axl hit this one really well.
Downer: It’s So Easy.Â Just didn’t have the f*$k you sound to it just trying to get through it.Â This is when I sat down.Â I did stand up again, stand up, sit down.Â Whatever.Â It was fun.Â I’m not an asshole usually, but I gotta rock.
Alright cave-dwellers, time to explore beerdrinking venues for the merit of their tunes rather than their ales.Â And lagers if that’s what you’re into.Â The Musicfest NW is going on, and there are a lot of great acts to see.Â Last night the Black Keys rocked.Â That’s the only show I saw, getting a late start and opting out of the Dandy Warhols.Â Tonite, there are so many bands conflicting that I am a bit conflicted myself.Â Perhaps I’ll kick it off at Berbati’s at 9 with the Woggles, then either stay there for the Mooney Suzuki of head up to Fez for The Upside Down, who don’t seem to get enough credit around here…they are an extremely talented local band.Â Of course, that’s if I don’t end up at the Crystal watching Viva Voce.Â After my 10pm conundrum, there’s the question of 11—Stephen Malkmus or the High Violets?Â I don’t know anything about any of the other bands, so que sera there.Â And then at midnite I think I’ll drink a beer and catch the Silver Jews.Â Or if I need a bit of twang on, Power of Country is tight.Â But maybe Supernaut or Ditchliquor since at 1am I’m thinking of cruising over to Kelly’s Olympian for the ridiculously rockin Starantula.
Goddammit this wristband is throwing me for a loop.
so the Alberta Public House isn’t new. Not like the Concordia. It also doesn’t have the beer selection of the Concordia. But I still like the place. It’s totally chill, a geographical mess (on the inside), and full of pigs. The pink cartoon kind. They have some fun music, a good patio, and pretty alright food. Their happy hour (OLCC, can I say that?) last until 8pm on weekdays, which means that even after driving back in from the ‘tron I can still have time to get my happy swerve on for a discount.
The Alberta Public House has been a regular stop for the Cocks in the Henhouse lately, and that’s not a bad thing because they’re a pretty fun show, I’ve now caught them at Amnesia, Alberta PH, and some party full of med students that my buddy made a crapload of hotwings at (inspired by the ones from FotM the day before, but totally different, and friggin grubbin).
The Alberta PH has a good mix of beers on tap, not the downtown standards. The people there are quite friendly, and that lends to its nice, chill atmosphere. Another nice thing about it is that you don’t have to listen to the music. The building is solidly divided into two sides, in fact…here’s a tip—want a beer or the can upon entering? Go left. The patio is covered, and ultrabright heat lamps can be utilized as well. The Alberta Public House is at 1036 NE Alberta Street in Portland, OR. Definitely worth checking out. Oh, and they have a decent selection of whiskies as well as other liquors for a-mixin.
It’s here. It’s probably been here for awhile. But now you can look up you favorite bands, get their discography, and link to official and fansites. Check out the Encyclopaedia Metallum. I looked up Lacuna Coil immediately. Next I think I’ll check out Tesla, just to see if they count, and then maybe onto a few of the other great hard bands. thx albatross, and have a great long weekend!