Way over 100 shows in 2012- a personal record!
We got to the venue in time for the start of the show. The band came out sounding awesome. The music was pretty heavy Southern rock – I’d say it was closer in the style of Zakk Wylde than The Almond Brothers. The band jammed and sounded really good. Unfortunately, my back was out from the night before (rocking with Steel Panther) and I ate way too much spicy food earlier in the day, so I was hurtin’ bad. I had to take a seat and watch the show from the back. It was absolutely rocking, but I was in so much pain, I couldn’t enjoy it like I wanted to and had to leave after the first set. On the way out, I did get to briefly meet someone that I’d been wanting to talk to for a while, but I was pretty useless a the time. I’m still happy I went and saw what I did, but I’ve never left a show I was enjoying (minus the times I’ve had to depart early due to other people). My friend was cool about it and drove me home as I sat in pain on the ride home.
We passed by the Grammy Museum on the way out. There was a Beach Boys event that was just wrapping up in the Clive Davis Theater. Al Jardine was sitting inside a limo autographing merchandise for a group of fans. That was pretty random and cool. I think I saw the same fans hanging at the Rainbow and waiting to meet Al at his last show at The Roxy. They’re a dedicated bunch. They always carry stacks of Beach Boys albums with them. I would have stuck around to see what else was going to happen, but I really needed to call it a day. Oh well.