Monday, June 13, 2005

"Cigarettes & carrot juice, marijuana & lots of booze. I threw the flower of youth into that stew."

Friday evening Gazbot and I ventured over to The Madison Theatre in Covington to catch Camper Van Beethoven open for Modest Mouse. I got freebie tickets in exchange for carrying around a clipboard, getting fans to sign up for the CVB mailing list.

I wasn’t very successful, as it was a Mostly Mouse crowd, but I was glad to have been given the chance to help out the band, and was chuffed to get to see them again, up close and personal, after so many years hiatus.

They were fantastic—the years may have given them some laughlines and a few crowsfeet around the eyes, but hot damn the guys still play as well—if not better-- than they did 20 years ago. They had a really groovy interactive PowerPoint presentation projected onto a massive screen above them, and David and Jonathan wore multicolored miner’s headlamps.

Great set list too, a mixture of their excellent new material from New Roman Times, plus time honoured classics like “Take the Skinheads Bowling,” and a good dose of their classic covers a la “Wasted,” “White Riot," "Egyptian Reggae" and “Interstellar Overdrive.”

I couldn’t wipe the huge grin from my face all evening. We hung around until Modest Mouse took the stage, then turned in the clipboard and left. Grumblefly and I joked that a surefire way to define “old” is to leave a sold-out show before the headliner even comes on.

So we are old.

Big deal.

We got to see Camper again, and that’s all that really matters.

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