Everclear, Feeder, Jimmie's Chicken Shack
at the showplace theatre
March 13, 1998, Buffalo, NY
It's taken me a long time to be able to write this. Everclear is a
great band out of Portland, OR, and I missed their first 2 stops in
Buffalo (the last one being February 13, 1996). Since that time I'd
become quite a fan, and singer/songwriter Art Alexakis something of
a hero to me. The man's life is a sad tale, but he rose above it and
has spread his inspiration to millions of listeners. The songs he
writes, and the way he sings them, are so emotional and moving. And
the band itself is still a band of 'regular guys.' No rock-star
attitude here. They hang around after every show to meet and talk to
their fans, sign stuff, take pictures ...
So, the show itself. If I can make a public apology on behalf on the
Buffalo crowd, then here it is. These people just sucked. Yes,
everyone wants to be near the band, but when you break the barrier
and they tell you 'We can't play 'til that's fixed, owner's rules,
please move back,' then move back already! People continued to surge
forward, making the rest of us, perhaps the only real fans, wait.
Making matters worse, some people actually threw stuff on stage. What
possesses someone to do this?? Like someone said to me, is it like
'hey, I paid $18 to see my favorite band. let's see if I can hit
them with something?'?? What's the deal here?? This only led the
band to threaten to walk off 3 times, which, I would have been so
upset if they had, but I also totally see where they're coming from.
For the one instance, Art asked if anyone knew who threw that.
Luckily, people had, and the loser was promptly escorted out.
The songs. Sigh. The energy, the emotion, the music, his voice ...
I was pretty transfixed :). If you like EC on tape, wait'll you see
them live! (it's a must!). Some of the songs played include (in no
So, after the show, I so wanted to meet Art. That man is beautiful.
Unfortunately, my friend (and ride home) wanted to leave. Much
thanks to Jon for offering a ride home if I stayed, but I didn't
want to inconvenience him. Turns out he got to meet Art. Sigh.
So Much For The Afterglow
You Make Me Feel Like A Whore
Everything To Everyone
I Will Buy You A New Life
My Sexual Life
Electra Made Me Blind
Father Of Mine
El Distorto de Melodica
Heartspark Dollarsign (acoustically)
The Twistinside (acoustically)
I did get to meet bassist Craig, and he was quite a doll. Said my
'Everything to Everyone'/White Lightning shirt was 'freakin' awesome'
and signed it, and posed for a pic. Aw. :)
I did bring a shirt for the guys ('One shirt? What are we gonna do
with one?' Craig asked), but as I didn't think I'd be able to hang
around and give it to him, I entrusted it to a fellow WL member.
But I have no idea if he ever got it, as
she opted to never answer my
e-mail ... hmmmm ...
Opening act Feeder was pretty awesome too. I'd never heard them
before, but they put on a great set. Not something I was expecting.
Second band Jimmie's Chicken Shack was alright too.
Going to see Everclear in Detroit on June 9th, with cool girl Sarah.
Anyone in the area who wants to meet up, please get in touch. Anyone
in a city where they're playing, GO SEE THEM! (and don't throw things
or stage dive or rush the stage, please)