Normally when I get tickets for a show, I buy two: one for me and one for the phantom friend who might be interested in coming along. With Angels & Airwaves, though, I only bought one. That turns out to have been a pretty good call. The show wasn’t awful, but I probably would have regretted dragging someone else to it.
I arrived at the gig last night at around 9:45, not long after the band went on. My first impression was the volume. I had ear plugs with me, and they went right in.
Second impression was the serious light show, and then the third impression was the vocals. DeLonge put a lot of effort into his performance, but it didn’t sound to me like he was having a terribly good night. He was slipping out of key and struggling to hit some of the higher notes in the songs. Also, maybe that’s the problem with really produced pop; the live show is bound to fall short of the record.
Again, I’m not saying the gig was terrible. They all seemed into it, particularly the drummer, Atom Willard, who I noticed was mouthing the words of the lyrics as he let rip some grade A chops. The hardware on the stage was interesting too. Here’s a photo:
Overall, though, it wasn’t quite the pop revival that I was expecting. One thing about the crowd was that there were a lot of couples. Here’s DeLonge, showing off some his rock star mojo and talking about the band’s approach to love songs.
Like most gigs I attend these days, I left early. As I exited the club, a DC cop walked in, followed by a very concerned looking bouncer who made a quick move through the door. Someone said that a fight had broken out, to which a young woman remarked: “A fight? At Angels and Airwaves?”
Posted by Gillies on May 7, 2010
Bits and pieces this evening.
I’m eating a gigantic bowl of roasted carrots and sweet potatoes. Orange-colored food is damn fine.
- With a visit to the Bose store out in Bethesda today, I got my iPhone-compatible Bose headphones working again. I am quite pleased about this. Apple earbuds, which I’ve been using the last couple of weeks, do not stay in my ears.
- For the record, I think Angels & Airwaves is excellent driving music: high energy and ethereal.
Posted by Gillies on March 6, 2010
Tickets went on sale today for the May 6 Angels & Airwaves show at the 930 Club, and I bought one. In these situations, I normally buy two tickets, on the thinking that I’ll find someone who’ll be interested in attending the gig with me. For Angels, though, I had trouble imagining any immediate pals who’d be especially into it.
Anyway, I’m looking forward to the show. I bet the live act is polished. One thing I’m not sure of is the crowd. What will the median age be? I’m guessing 30. My sense is that Blink’s popularity peaked in at the turn of the century, and I bet the median age of their fan base back then was about 20.
I also got a movie ticket today: Crazy Heart. I can’t remember the last time I went to the movies.
Posted by Gillies on February 27, 2010
Last night, I downloaded ‘Love,’ the new one from Angels and Airwaves. The band is offering the record for free, with the option to contribute what you wish. I chucked in $10. I figured that’s what the price would be on iTunes, and I definitely would have paid for the record on iTunes, had it been available. It was worth the contribution, for sure.
‘Love’ was called ‘prog’ by Rolling Stone Billboard, but I wouldn’t use that term for these guys. All their songs sort of sound the same to me. The use of synth, the vocal phrasing, the chord changes: musically, it sounds to me not far off from their first and second records. Here are my thoughts on that.
1) So what.
2) Maybe it’s deliberate? It’s not that they don’t have depth; they’re just aiming for a consistent sound. Like AC/DC – do one thing, do it well.
Another thing: something intrigues me about this band. What is it? I’m a sucker for pop music? I’m a sucker for uplifting material? AvA has an original approach? Tom DeLonge is cool? Probably all of the above. They’re playing at the 930 Club in May. I think I’ll go for tickets.
Posted by Gillies on February 18, 2010
Via Some Kind of Barnacle.
This band drifts into serious pop fluff territory now and then, but I’m a fan. In the video, I found his comments on his vision for the band pretty interesting. How do you create a really uplifting experience for people while keeping some edge?
However difficult that might be, I think DeLonge is succeeding. A few years ago, Angels & Airwaves played a date at 930. I could have bought some tickets but hesitated. I missed the boat – that action sold out.
Their new record, which Billboard hangs a “prog” label on, will apparently be out by the end of the year.
Posted by Gillies on September 18, 2009
Just bits and pieces this evening.
- A picture taken in Holland.
Posted by Gillies on September 17, 2009