Wednesday, May 17, 2006

ICE CUBE secret show in VA Beach

Monday night at 6:38, Myspace secret shows announced their next big concert: Ice Cube performing the next night at the Jewish Mother in VA Beach. I found out about it Tuesday at 2 or so and called Katie as soon as I had all the info, then we headed over to the show at 4:30-ish (not before picking up free tickets to see the Fray in-store performance downtown today). We got there shortly after 5, got wristbands right away, which was so nice not having to wait around. Then we went off to 7-11 and took our Slurpees to the beach, where we chilled until it got closer to concert time.
At 7 or so we went back to wait in line. We were let in at 7:30, when DJ Knuckles began his set. Hardly anyone was there yet. If you can't tell by the pictures, the Jewish Mother is a tiny place- probably about 1/4 the size of the black cat, half the size of alley katz. Other than the DJ, the only entertainment was a few drunk girls who created a dancing (more like flailing arms and hips about) tornado, coming out every 5 minutes to pull unwilling girls and guys into their storm (including Katie and a few 8 year old girls).
Before Ice Cube came on, I tried to get an appropriate chant started, so I said "ARE WE THERE YET? ARE WE THERE YET?" But that didn't catch on. Then I tried, "BARBERSHOP 2! BARBERSHOP 2!" and also "ANACONDA! ANACONDA!" and none of these caught on. By 9 o'clock, it was time for Ice to take the stage. Katie and I were in the front row and were about a foot away from him at any given time, hence the reason most of these pictures look extremely close. He performed a lot of old songs (Fuck da police, We be clubbin!), as well as several off his new album, which hits stores 6.6.6.
He was extremely high energy the whole time, which was awesome, and the crowd, which was about 275 white people, 25 black people played off of that. At one point, the other guy on stage led us in a "Fuck you Ice Cube" chant, complete with middle fingers, which was kind of wierd because I was actually right in his face saying fuck you to him. Only at a concert could I get away with this. Anyway, he played for nearly an hour and 15 minutes and didn't stop once. He really kept it moving the whole time. Afterwards they passed out free posters and CD samplers. Awesome show overall. Be sure to add Myspace Secret Shows to your friends list so you don't miss out on the next big event.

Oh yeah, and did I mention, IT WAS FREE!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Fall Out Boycott

"I am going to be...a thorn in your side" declares the newest member of the not-a- Pete-Wentz-fan club.The Fall Out Boy bassist has long had to deal with messageboard naysayers, chatroom haters and blogging detractors. And most of that has been his own doing, what with his near-constant presence on, well, messageboards, chatrooms and blogs.But through it all, he's always maintained a "love thy neighbor" sort of approach to things, talking openly onstage about helping out your fellow man and stomping our racism and homophobia. Thanks to one of those onstage calls for unity, he's suddenly been forced to take on a whole new breed of foe: angry mothers.
Or, more specifically, one angry mother, whose enraged e-mail to Island Records now adorns Fall Out Boy's Web site. After taking her daughters to the Tuesday stop of FOB's Black Clouds and Underdogs Tour at the Cricket Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, that mother was apparently so upset by what she termed Wentz's "personal political testimony" that she wrote the band's label to complain and declare her moral outrage.
"The ticket said 'all ages,' and your band was very foul-mouthed and anti-morals. Charlotte is not the demoralized city that liberal San Francisco and other cities across the North and West are," the e-mail read. "I had looked forward to this concert with my girls for months [and] I didn't spend over $200 on gas, food and, unfortunately, shirts for you to give your own personal political testimony ... this was a concert, not some liberal homosexual rally."So what exactly did Wentz say from the stage? Well, as far as doctrine for "liberal homosexual rallies" goes, it seemed pretty light.In a post on, Wentz wrote: "The only thing I said in Charlotte was, 'You can leave this show and say, "I think this guy is an arrogant jerk," or think, "This band is better than this one," because these are your opinions. The only thing we consider unacceptable is for you to engage in sexist, racist or homophobic behavior. If you do, we don't want you as a fan. Return our merch and leave.'
"The woman went on to promise that she would contact the national news media and the arenas that Fall Out Boy would be playing on future dates, and predicted that the band would lose "a lot of financial support" from concerned mothers like herself."I am not the only parent with morals that had children at this concert ... your responsibility was to sing your songs. When you opened your mouth to talk, you blew it," she wrote. "Here's to your band being just another Spice Girls, looking back and remembering the good times and 15 minutes of fame, because you [underestimated] who pays your bills. By the way, my children will not be a part of your sick idea of family."Wentz included the angry letter in his online post, adding, "Being in a public position with a spotlight, I think it is extremely important to use this pedestal to enlighten younger kids to certain things about the world."Wentz went on to (sorta) apologize for any onstage profanity he may have used, writing, "I have a mouth like a sailor, it frustrated my mother growing up."
But he stopped short of offering a mea culpa for his call for unity. After all, he was just trying to spread a message of peace."I try my best to be the best person I can be. I want to be a good role model for younger kids. I don't smoke, drink or do drugs. I censor myself the best I can, but at the same time, I am not going to change in order to simply make myself more lucrative," he wrote. "I encourage fans of our band to grow up to become good people and to change the world. Unfortunately, I don't believe that treating other people as inhuman is acceptable. If that is offensive to you, I apologize, but we don't want you to be part of our fanbase. [Our show] is not a liberal homosexual rally, but at the same time, it will never be a Ku Klux Klan rally. We don't need to sell tickets that badly."
— James Montgomery

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