It’s been an odd summer where I’ve been the hesitant +1 rather than the excited attendee.
Iggy Pop @ Stimmen Festival, Lorrach. Technology has finally reached a point where it’s possible to perfectly recreate the guitar sound of a cheaply recorded 50 year old record on an expensive outdoor PA system. I was a bit surprised how many of the big numbers he busted out right from the start, so things flagged a bit in the middle but the man was there to put on a show and he succeeded.
Muse @ Hallenstadion, Zurich. I tried as hard as I could but it’s impossible not to be a little bit entertained by lasers and robots and assorted ludicrousness. Matt Bellamy loves hammer-ons almost as much as he loves himself.
Stone Temple Pilots @ Z7, Pratteln. Less elegant than I’d been led to believe. It’s unusual to see a band of this vintage where the old “track from the new album” indicates a noticeable increase in quality. Halfway through my mum called to tell me she’s getting married. I used this as an excuse to step outside to drink a beer and settle my nerves.