Whenever I think of 1995 I think of me at 16: long, long hair, ripped jeans, dresses, flannel shirts, Doc Martens (preferably with purple laces), skipping class to hang out in the park and MUSIC. Nirvana, NIN, Hole, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Sonic Youth, L7, Belly etc etc. I still think I was the perfect age during the 90's, but that's a story for another day.
This year has been an interesting one. I have seen Hole ("Hole"), Pearl Jam and Faith No More. Last year I saw Dinosaur Jr and Sonic Youth (multiple times). In a way it was like being 16 again, and for the forever-nostalgic me it's been bittersweet, although more sweet than bitter.
I bought the tickets months ago when I saw that Deftones were opening for AIC, Meg loves the Deftones, so it was a perfect combination. I some them years ago in Sacramento, and don't really know any of their new stuff, but they put on an awesome show!
Deftones, MSG 09/24/2010
Deftones - 7 Words, MSG 09/24/2010
I didn't really know what to expect with Alice in Chains... I haven't listened to the new album at all, and I can't help thinking about Layne. It's really strange because the new singer (Robert DuVall) sounds SO much like him that you wonder if that's why they chose him. I mean, a lot of the whole AIC sound in the first place, apart from the distinctive guitar sound, was the fact that Layne Staley and Jerry Cantrell both sang on many songs, creating some pretty cool harmonized vocals effects. But anyway, what can you do when your lead singer dies? Quit or continue, and I really don't blame them for continuing! They really still do it for me, the sound, the heaviness, the vocals... I just closed my eyes quite a few times and felt myself fall right back in my 16 year old self's brain for an hour.
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