It Might get Loud. What an awesome film. Amazing to see three completely different types of guitar players from various generations all talking about there craft (Jack White, the Edge & Jimmy Page)
You gotta love when a young Jimmy Page is asked by an interviewer if he thinks he'll play guitar professionally when he grows up, to which Jimmy answers, "No... I'm going to be an Biological Engineer". Sorry Jimmy not in the cards & thank God for that.
The movie also features scene's where each Axmen shows the others various riffs they developed, the best of which was when Page ripped into 'Whole Lotta Love'. The expressions on the faces of the Edge & Jack White are pure gold. Go see this movie.
Monday Blues should be in full effect. Not today for SDSG. Had a great weekend hanging with a lovely lady, celebrating a good buddies 30th birthday > a scenic drive through Bedford CT, > a Sunday Girl Talk blowout DJ set in Brooklyn, capped off with southern fueled Blue Ribbon dinner @ the Brooklyn Bowl. Summer 09 - oh so fine!
There are moments & stretches in ones life you'll never forget. This past weekend was one of those for SDSG. We caught our 50th Phish show in Hartford this past Friday & what a classic it turned out to be. The band busted out so many rarities it was insane... Forbins, Mockingbird, Psycho Killer!?, Icculus!! Oh Man! To make the show even more special - we got to party down with some of our bestest buddies from both High School & College. Great to see everyone all sharin in the groove. Seriously....Hartford goes down as one of more fun shows we've ever been to.
Saturday was all about chilling poolside w/ friends at my Momma's place in Fairfield CT. With temps hitting 90+ degrees, this really was the only place we wanted to be. Grilling, Boozing, Pool, Friends, Card Games, & BIG Ol'Smiles.
And then there was Sunday. After a much needed clean up session (thx Billy & Jones) - we got on the road (destiny unbound) & headed up towards Saratoga Springs for Phish's summer tour closer (& SDSG's 51st gig). Having taken the Taconic Pkwy, the drive up was as scenic at it gets. Of course DJ Mastanugz supplied the bomb tracks. Highlights included, Rock > Surprise Valley > Murder Incorporated, & a bunch of others. Arriving at the venue, we flashed our SDSG credentials & skipped the traffic heading into the parking lot - placing us pretty darn close to the ampitheatre. As we made our way inside, torrential rains started to fall, but for SDSG & crew, it simply didn't matter. With 12th row, dead center seats..no problems / complaints.
From the opening chords of Llama, to the uber jazzy 'Cars Trucks Buses', to the end of an amazing-extended 'animal' themed 1st set (Possum, Ocelot, Antelope) the band was clearly in it to win it. With one more set to go - the hype / energy was at a peak leveland the boys from VT did not disappoint. There were a ton of highlights non more than the ultimate bustout of 'Harpua'. OF COURSE they were going to play it. They've played pretty much everything else throughout the tour, so why not drop the bomb track of bombs track on the phans heads. If we thought that was it in terms of heavyweight jamz -they came back out and closed the show with Highway to Hell. WOW!!!
If you've never been to SPAC..... make sure you remember where you park. We spent an hour and a half looking for our car post show. CRAZY!!! Upon finding it - just pure elation.
So it goes folks. Shows 50 & 51. Friends new and old. What a trip!
SDSG has seen our fair share of live performances. TOOL's set @ the All Points West Festival Saturday stands alone. It was absolutely the tightest, most heavy / bottom of the barrel intensity we've ever experienced at a rock show.
Between the incredible visuals, lead singer Maynard James Keenan's undeniable stage presence & the musical onslaught delivered by the rest of the band, this performance 100% goes down in the annals of all things AMAZING. It was as if aliens had dropped these guys off to completely destroy anyone's / everyone's concept of how big things could really go.
TOOL.. SDSG salutes you! Now book some more gigs in the NYC area and we will see ya inside the Mothership.