NPR : Brandi Carlile Goes Straight for the Gut

Yes, another Story of the Day Poscast from NPR. Good interview and some audio snippets, too.

Brandi is headlining the “VH1 You Oughta Know Tour” and will be back in DC on September 28 at the 930 Club. Question is whether I will be able to go. The other question is who will be the supporting acts. Hmmm.

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The ticketing agency (Artists Arena) doesn’t allow ticket pick up earlier than one hour before the box office opens – for this venue that’s 6:30pm. I get off work at 4:30pm. I can’t stay in town (especially in 22 degree weather) and stand around for a ticket. Top it off – they can’t hold the ticket for me to pick up tomorrow since they collect them at the end of the concert. This is stupid. It’s a useless piece of paper but I paid for it. Unless I retrieve it between 6:30pm and 10pm, I can’t have it. This is not right. I will never use this service again and I will not renew my fan club membership either. Just another company out to make money. Screw them and screw the band.

Yes, I have a ticket but my life got real complicated and it’s just not in the cards. I started renovating my kitchen and only bath in January and since then all hell has broke loose. My bathroom was demolished on Feb 2 and I’ve been a nomad since then. I don’t expect to sleep in my own bed for another week or so.

On top of this chaos, my father-in-law was diagnosed with colon cancer so the husband will be leaving soon to help him out while I watch the contractors by day. The neighbors let us use their loo by day but at night we are in a hotel or bunking at any free digs we can find (with a toilet, of course).

Okay – this isn’t too bad. However, last night I rammed my foot into an exercise bike stand and broke my toe (not the baby one but the next). This hurts like a bitch – every step is achey at best. The thought of standing through two sets of rock-n-roll fun while people jump up and down next to me is just not appealing. If I were younger I would probably go but at 47 – no thanks.

I will take this latest set back as a sign that this was not meant to be. I don’t think I could have managed the Metro much less the standing for 5 hours straight. Besides, the concert is sold out (read untra-crowded) plus QVC is broadcasting the concert live.

At any rate, I will pick up my ticket at the box office tomorrow after work and consider it a $45 keepsake.

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Much better seats this time and the band was great. I had fourth row centerseats but there was a large pit with lots of seat jumpers in it so I was really about 7-8 rows back.

After some mic problems, the guys got off to a rockin’ good start and played for 90 minutes. Why do I always wish it were longer?

The venue was packed and there was a great vibe throughout the house. I think they really enjoyed playing to us, as well. Well, I hope they did.

The hardest parts of the evening was finding the venue and getting out of the parking lot.

Oh yeah – the opening act was Over It. Well, I can say that I’m over them. Way too loud and I could barely hear the lyrics.

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This is Nissan Pavilion in Bristow, VA. I saw the Goo Goo Dolls and the previously blogged Eliot Morris here. I had an orchestra seat which I bought through the Goo Goo Dolls fan club. They promised great seats – top 4%! I’m on the extreme left edge about 8 rows from the front but it’s severely angled. Now, I admit that I couldn’t get online as soon as the tickets were available and a few club members got great seats (4 or 5th row center).

This picture really reminds me how much I hate arena concerts.

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He was the opening act for the Goo Goo Dolls and Counting Crows concert I saw last night. Great songs, tight band and unpretentious presentation (and basically good to look at) – who could ask for anything more? I bought his newly released CD What’s Mine Is Yours before I left the venue. I’ve been playing it a good part of the day and I think it’s a brilliant CD. Go buy it – right now.

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