Dinosaur Jr. played at Summerstage last night. The weather behaved. But it was one of those days when you just have a feeling that it wasn’t going to be worth the trip uptown. We had cab problems, we couldn’t find a bar just to sit at and have a drink (don’t attempt it in the 70’s and Madison), I wasn’t feeling good. It just wasn’t meant to be. We were committed so we went.
Last night J. Mascis must have thought he was Ted Nugent. His blond hair straight and down his back flying all over the place while he just jammed out on his guitar. Every song sounded the same. I couldn’t make out any of the melodies so I wasn’t sure if he was playing music I was familiar with or not. It was a true bummer.
I turned to Fred and said "this is horrible, let’s go". He said, "no, let’s wait one more song and see.". Literally 2 seconds later, he says "you’re right, this sucks, let’s go".
Such a drag. I want those fine memories back of listening to Dinosaur Jr. Usually when I see a concert, the next morning I get up and put on the music. Not this morning. It will take me a few days, maybe a few months.
C’est la. It isn’t always what you expect. Sometimes recordings are much better than live and sometimes live music is better than the actual recording. I prefer when the concert finishes, it leaves you begging for more. Not in this case. Please turn it off!