Way over 100 shows in 2012- a personal record!
I get a little sad every time I go to this venue knowing that the Gibson’s days are numbered. It’s only a matter of time before it’s absorbed into Universal Studios.
The current schedule of events here has me rather disappointed. I’m not paying over $100 to see No Doubt or $200 to see Rush in November. Every other show besides that one (and the Smashing Pumpkins tonight and Brian Setzer’s Christmas show) isn’t exactly anything I’m interested in or even familiar with. The concert season is starting to dull out.
I saw about 10 minutes of the Pumpkins concert the last time they played here in December of 2008. I was in Downtown LA for an event and then had dinner in Universal City. I lost track of time, took way too long to get there and ended up walking in during the encore. What I saw of it was a fantastic encore, but it went by in a flash. Then I turned around and went back to my car. This time, I planned better.
They started by doing their new album Oceania in its entirety. It wasn’t that great. The sound wasn’t very good and that new album isn’t their best.
Then they did a great David Bowie cover – “Space Oddity” (the dude that just parachuted in from space today made the “Major Tom” theme kind of a timely and appropriate tune for tonight) and then they did a several of their popular songs and some songs I’m not sure I’ve ever heard before to end their set.
Honestly, this show as a whole was rather underwhelming. It was loud, noisy (the venue has definitely sounded better in shows past) and the set didn’t flow very well. The only songs I really enjoyed were Space Oddity, Disarm, Bullet With Butterfly Wings, Today and Zero. The rest was kind of a chore to sit through. Billy sounded good and there was no problem there. Watching Mike Byrne play the drums was the best part of the evening. The bass player and guitarist did a good job, too, but the concert just wasn’t that good.. (Would love to hear anyone’s experience at this show and especially any opposing viewpoints)
\That look says it all…
Another highlight of the evening was learning about Boris Tuch Regional Park from Shiny Diamond. That ruled. This park is named after the Director of Compliance and Administration at NBC Universal. Maybe there will be a Shiny Diamond Regional Park before too long!
Saw some horror nights stuff on the way out…
We Owe This to Ourselves
I’d Like To Die
Feel Good Drag
SMASHING PUMPKINS SET LIST
My Love is Winter
One Diamond, One Heart
Space Oddity (David Bowie cover)
Bullet With Butterfly Wings
A Song for a Son