Belle & Sebastian (UK)
Yay! They played ‘Fox In The Snow!’. MY request! Yay! Yay! Yay! And even though Stuart (dreamy!) said “…we took about nine-thousand requests, put them down on a chart, plotted a graph, and created the setlist.”, I know that mine was the only FITS request, or it was the one to push it over the edge, or it was the only one he rembered, or who cares! He played my song! Yay! Yay! Yay! :bounce: They also mocked the Smith’s tribute band the concert organizers put on in place of Morrisey (only in Japan) – confusing the sh*t out of the gaijin who couldn’t understand the band’s nihongo introduction. Convo between Stuart and lead guitarist (whom I also met, btw, but that conversation was even less inspiring):
Stuart: I know there’s other things you could be doing, so thank you all for coming to watch us.
LG: What other things, go and listen to a Smith’s tribute band?
Stuart: …………you’re in a Smith’s tribute band mate.
the sounds of the hundred-odd gaijin in the crowd laughing
Oh, and they played ‘Get Me Away From Here I’m Dying’ as a bonus track because they had some extra time…:swoon: Also, people shout out goofy, über-dork lines like “Belle & Sebastian we would DIE for you!” and “Belle & Sebastian should kiss everyone in the audience on the MOUTH!” in Nihon just like they do in Boston – defying beantown’s status as the haven for some of the dorkiest dorks ever. (that is not a slam, dorks are lovely, i am as close to dork as any other social tribe, and in case you’ve missed CARGO magazine or the biggest box-office releases for the past five years [Spiderman, Harry Potter, LTOR, Star Wars, iRobot, Hellboy, etc, etc, etc.] dorks are wikkid sexie right now – which occurs to me that our cohort is now 25-30 and this is what we have brought to youth culture…the dawn of the d0rk as someone who is actually wicked-hipster-cool…wow, that is actually really freaking neat…snif.)
Ok, that’s it, 4,629 words about one weekend in the woods of Nihon. I can’t imagine why anyone is still reading. There was some techno junk and !!! after B&S in the rave tent. I commited more acts of high-spirited dancing to a remix of ‘Sympathy For The Devil’…but mostly that’s the finale. I was completely and totally wiped out by this concert. I danced and/or bopped for more than 24 hours total across the span of three-and-a-half days (see the stats) and by Monday my legs ACHED. All in all, it was an incredible, mindblowing experience in a beautiful locale, and I wish you all could have been there. In case you’re wondering, if you throw an $800 plane ticket into the total cost I used for my ‘Cost-per-Show’ calculation, it still only ends up costing you $46.67/band…and the longer you can stay awake the lower that cost gets…just in case you’re thinking about next year.