You know, sometimes I write stuff on this site and I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not always right. But FINALLY for once my theories have been validated by the actual band of which I wrote about. If you head over to the new Jane magazine Web site, they have some tour diary entries from your favorite e-mailing Yeah Yeah Yeahs band member, Nick Zinner.
In his entries from the Maxwell’s show and the first Bowery Ballroom show, Nick confirms my idea that the New Jersey show was great and the Bowery Ballroom show sucked balls. BIG TIME. So bad that everyone pissed me off enough to write this rant after the Friday show. To quote the guitarist:
MAXWELL’S: “Showtime. We’re escorted through the crowd, and of course, when we hit the stage, everything is fine. duh. why do i do this to myself? Its a rough, sloppy, and aggressive show, and people are screaming, jumping, dancing, sweating. We try playing an acoustic version of “maps,” which we haven’t practiced, and i butcher it trying to remember my parts on the spot, but the sentiment is there for us on stage, and seemingly strong in the crowd too.”
BOWERY BALLROOM [NIGHT 1]: “We rock onstage, but unfortunately the crowd is stiff as nails, with heavy-duty lead in their shoes. The Bloggers in the front row keep their arms crossed for the whole show even though we are playing our bleeding hearts out, and sweating gallons. We’re trying out mostly new material for the very first time which could explain the collective reservation, but both the Maxwells Show and a few older songs disprove this theory. Its interesting how a crowd is always unpredictable up until the actual moment of the show, and there is always a unifying factor that spreads through the room like a bad case of herpes.
Dude, I’m still kinda disappointed by the lack-luster crowd-enthusiasm that night. The second night was slightly better–I even forced everyone around me to start 2 clapping rallies before the encore, but it still wasn’t as much fun as the NJ show or most of the past YYYs shows I’ve been to at the Bowery.
I just do NOT understand how a room full of 600 people who managed to get a ticket to the hottest show in town could just stand there for an hour and be totally unfazed and uninterested. Was everyone there just not really a fan of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and just wanted to be “cool” and say that the new stuff really wasn’t as good as the old stuff and that you much preferred the band when they weren’t signed to a major label? AUGhHH! Booo!
Oh and just let it be known I was in the 3rd row at the Bowery show, not the first.