Remember that concert I was so excited to see a while back, where I needed a concert buddy? Yes, well, that concert was tonight. Oh yes, it was, and it was AWESOME! But then, it’s Trent Reznor, so how can it NOT be awesome, right?
Concert buddy: Wookie-man, aka WookieStyle on Twitter, and my tattoo artist and good friend.
The term “Hell” this evening refers to the desert I live in (105 degrees), but if Hell is having a great time with Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails, then sign me up for that shit! I’ll meet you at the bar for a drink.
Wookie-man and I hit absolutely NO traffic on the way to Cricket Pavilion, which shocked the hell out of me, found a great place to park not too far out, and I picked up my special tickets from Will Call. I say “special” because the pre-sale tickets look different from the rest, and it makes me feel special. hehe The tickets have my name printed on them and silver foil stamped around the band name. I’d show you a photo but the foil doesn’t show up and you all don’t need to see my real name. =p
Got inside the venue, ran into Wookie’s cousin Jacob, and chatted for a good long while before the concert began and we headed to our seats.
Section 104 – Row E
Damn good seats five rows back from the pit area. Jinxie was very happy. It was like being in New Mexico (May 2006) all over again, but this time I had a camera, which I did NOT have to hide down the front of my pants because Trent, wonderful man that he is, relaxed the camera policy for specific dates, and tonight fell in the midst of that.
So, rather than bore you with words, I’ll share the great photos I got and a so-so video, which looks a helluva lot better on my laptop than on YouTube. (if you click on the photos, you should see the full-size image)
And you can find the video of “Wish” here. I missed the beginning of the song and shot this with my little Canon PowerShot. I’m seeing pixalation on YouTube, but not on my laptop. Either way, the sound surprised me because it’s damn near perfect. Warning: lots of flashing lights and movement.
Street Sweeper Social Club opened the show, and they were pretty damn good. Jane’s Addiction closed the show, and I did not see it because the Wookie-man and I left at the beginning of their set. Don’t hit me. I’m not a huge JA fan anyway, though they did sound good. I was there to see NIN. A birthday present to myself. =) Every time NIN plays here, it’s usually around my birthday. Trent, I love you for that!
Here’s a shot of me and the Wookie-man.
So, my life in Hell spent with Trent Reznor and the boys of NIN, good friends, entirely too expensive beer, and some nice photo memories. *sigh* I’m a very happy Jinxie tonight.