Strider Posted November 18, 2009 Share Posted November 18, 2009 A brief note about Them Crooked Vultures show at the Wiltern Tuesday November 17, 2009...I've gotta get to work soon so don't have time for a lengthy spiel. Besides, no sense rubbing it in that I was lucky to see 2 TCV shows back-to-back. While the Wiltern wasn't as intimate a show as the Roxy, to my ears it sounded better and LOUDER and the set pacing was better. Grohl and Jones, especially, sounded clearer in the mix than they did at the Roxy show. And it's not like the Wiltern Theatre is an enormo-dome, so from where I was on the floor, while I wasn't just a few feet away, I was still only about 20 feet away with a great view of the entire stage and all the band members. According to Josh they also played their first encore...although in reality they played the same songs as the night before; they just added a encore break between "Spinning in Daffodils" and whatever the encore song was..."Warsaw" I think? About "Daffodils"...hearing it again last night just only reenforced my first impression that this song is the gem of the bunch. Don't get me wrong, "Elephants", "Reptiles", and a couple others all sounded good and had a great meaty, greasy rock vibe. But "Spinning in Daffodils" was worth the price of admission alone...it is the one song that achieves that weird combo of epic pummeling intensity and deranged desert-atmospheric soundscapes that the best of Led Zeppelin and Queens of the Stone Age had. If you think it sounds good on record, to see "Daffodils" live with Grohl and Jones pounding the rhythm into your gut while Josh and Alain sear your brain with a dual-guitar assault of mind-melting notes...you never wanted it to fucking end. But end it does, with Jones winding the song down gracefully on his electric piano(I detected some patterns he used to play in live versions of "No Quarter" back in the Zep daze). If you've been on the fence about going to one of their shows, whether for financial- or time- or geography-related reasons...fuck it, JUST GO and damn the consequences! I guarantee you it is worth whatever the cost just to see them play "Daffodils" live! Happy to hear you made it in Badgeholder...where were you standing/sitting? I was near the rail, dead center, in the second floor section, right behind the pit. I promise a more thorough write-up later...my mind is still sifting through the events of the last two nights and there's lots more I want to say about it. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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