...and now I am in need of a shoulder to cry on. Here's why:
I went to see Atoms for Peace live at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, NJ last night. Tickets were about $75 each after all the service fees and processing fees and whatnot, and I bought them all the way back in May. For those not in the know, Atoms for Peace is a supergroup fronted by Radiohead's Thom Yorke, featuring Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Joey Waronker (Beck's touring drummer) and Mauro Refosco (of the band Forro in the Dark, who I have admittedly never listened to).
Anyway, I had a friend with me--whose ticket was part of MY birthday present, so, already paid for--and she complained the entire time
. She complained on the way to the show, when we were stuck in traffic. She complained before, during and after the show.
Before I get too sad, though, the show was great! We got the rail! Our view was unfortunately largely obscured by the piano, but Thom Yorke is still a freaking rockstar, as always, and Flea was crazy-good as always. AFP's album versions of songs are really minimal, so they have a chance to turn it up to eleven for their live performances--they're a band that you kind of need
to see live to fully appreciate them.
So after the show, they shoved us out of the arena and we left the venue right away (I bought merch before the show). BUT. Unbeknownst to me, there was a group signing
right after the show, where my one and only chance to ever meet Thom Yorke and Flea, two of my musical heroes, at the exact same time was waiting for me.
And I didn't go.
I'm not trying to blame my complainy friend for the fact that we didn't go to the group signing, because I didn't know anything about it, but I wonder if maybe she hadn't been pressuring me to leave right away that I might have been able to find out about it. There was this guy at the show who was kinda cute, and he walked away in another direction right after the show, and I get the feeling that that's where he went. I was really tempted to follow him, and I wonder if I would have if she wasn't there.
So, long story short, the show was great, but I missed the opportunity to meet my heroes and tell Flea that I watched his instructional bass video about ten thousand times and was relearning bass by watching it. (Also, apparently Thom was hugging the fans. I am still in shock about missing this!!)