Archive for July, 2007

Sorry for the weird pings

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

If you came here because you keep seeing my site come up in pings, I’m sorry.  My fault.  I’m screwing around with something on here and I noticed it was doing that.  Will stop soon.  Very soon.  Sorry.

Update on concert

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

Here are some of the songs that I can remember them playing:
Fascination Street
Friday I’m in Love
Just Like Heaven
A Night Like This
Love Song
Shake Dog Shake
The End of the World
Wrong Number
The Walk
One Hundred Years
Never Enough
Pictures of You
Hot Hot Hot!!!
The Figurehead
A Strange Day

And a WHOLE bunch more including some new stuff.  They had been playing for 2.5 hours when we left before the first encore. We listened from outside the doors looking at t-shirts as they played these songs:
Inbetween Days Days (Encore)
Why Can’t I Be You (Encore)
Close To Me (Encore)

And reading posts on the official site I see that they actually played a second encore as well which included Forest.  I love that song and wish I would have stayed for that.
Oh well, at least I got to sit on the bus back without people crammed into me.  That’s something.

Should be sleeping but…

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

we are back from the concert and I have to share.


Click for a larger image.  I didn’t take my camera for fear of them confiscating it so this is from a distance with my phone.  If you look at the center you can make out Robert Smith.

Even though it’s been 15 or 16 years since I last saw The Cure in concert, I can honestly say that Robert Smith has lost nothing over the years.  And now that they’ve regrouped as a four piece band and lost most of the techno and keyboards, they rock.  I mean seriously rock.  And the best parts were that they played mostly their old stuff from the biggest faves to the more obscure oldies (which I loved) and some of the funny keyboard stuff Robert or Porl were able to recreate just using their guitars.

It was an amazing show.  If you are a fan and tickets go on sale for a venue near you, do yourself a favor and go.  This may be the last tour ever.

The Cure tonight!

Monday, July 30th, 2007

Tonight is the night we try to figure out how to get to the Asia World Arena to see The Cure live in Hong Kong.  It doesn’t look like they have anyone else touring with them as far as I can tell which is a shame.  Last time I saw The Cure live, The Cranes opened for them.  That was an awesome show and I was hooked on a band I had never heard of before then because of that show.

Also, while looking up how to get to the venue, I saw another announcement: Nine Inch Nails is going to be at the same venue on September 13, 2007.  Now I had mentioned before that all I needed was for NIN and They Might Be Giants to tour Hong Kong but I never really thought one of them would actually do it.  The sad thing though is that as much as I would love to see Nine Inch Nails live again, I’m afraid I maybe just too old now.

Last time I saw NIN play live it was during the Downward Spiral tour in the gymnasium of SIU-Carbondale.  They had a little known band open for them called Marilyn Manson which was pretty bizarre at the time.  If I remember correctly it was Reznor that gave Manson his big break.  That was a long time ago though and I was much younger.  It was an amazing show, but I have to admit that I was so exhausted and sweaty after that show that all I wanted to do was sleep.  The last thing I wanted to do was drive an hour and a half back to St. Louis, MO to get home.

Considering the tickets for this upcoming show are all standing-only like they were back when I saw them, I have a feeling it would be the exact same thing.  Only I’m not so sure I’d appreciate getting kicked in the head anymore like I used to.  Damn I guess you are as old as you feel.  I feel old.

Ready for a new Wii?

Sunday, July 29th, 2007

Nintendo’s been saying that they’ve got some big news coming up for their golden child of a console. According to the rumor in this article though, this surprise may be a bombshell big enough to put some hurt on Sony and Microsoft. What if Nintendo sold a slightly more expensive Wii that included a Blu-Ray DVD player?

If this is true then this is going to be big. And if you think about it, it would be a seriously smart move on the part of Nintendo. How much do you think that would solidify the market against the flailing HD-DVD format (and by extension Microsoft and the XBox360)? And since you know the price of a Blu-Ray enabled Wii would be nowhere near the cost of the outrageously priced Sony PS3, how many sales would Sony lose to Nintendo? Especially when one of Sony’s big selling points was that you got the added benefit of Blu-Ray.

The only losers in this deal would be the millions who’ve scrambled to get their hands on a first gen Wii. Unless of course they also sold an add-on, but that seems unlikely as the current gen consoles have no HDMI outputs. I would assume that a new Blu-Ray version would require this to be competitive.

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.