So, this week.
Lots happened, I got to see Twilight, go to the press conference, see the Gaslight Anthem again and go to the Bust craftacular. Sounds awesome non? Well it would have been had 50 percent of these events not sucked. And suprisingly, the stuff that didn’t suck was vampire related. I’m not supposed to write anything about it until week of UK release, so I’ll just say it was far less disappointing than I was imaginging it would be, and the cringeworthy scenes are minimal in comparison to the book. Oh and JESUS does Robert Pattinson look hot the whole way through it. Since the press conference I have come to realise it’s definitely just him as Edward I’m fixated on, him as an English actor dude? less so.
Okay, biggest disappointment of 2008? The Gaslight Anthem at the LA2 on friday. I was so stoked for this show, took the day off so I could hang out and everything. I knew they were going to be massive, but I figured we had this one show left before it all started to suck. Man was I wrong. I tried to just blame the crowd to begin with, but later came to realise that it wasn’t just that. It’s a good starting point though.
It was one of those crowds where no one dances, people just push instead, and you spend the entire time trying to ensure you don’t fall. And if you do, no one helps you up, because these regular, regular people in smart casual attire have no clue about show etiquette.
I’m still not really sure how three months ago they were an everyone singing along-to-every-fucking-word-with-their-fists-in-the-air, kind of a band, and now they’re a stand and watch and know the words to the chorus kind of a band. It’s like they’ve stopped being kids and started being the *band* who are there to *entertain us* the barriers were up and everything. STAY AWAY FROM THE STAGE KIDS. It wasn’t just that it was at the LA2 either, I saw Against Me! there a few years ago and it remains one of the greatest shows I’ve ever seen.
I knew we’d lose the Gaslight Anthem. I just thought we might have a little longer before we did.
I left before the end of the show, and I wasn’t the only one. It’s not like they’re dead to me now, but they mean a lot less than they did. It’s sort of like realising your best friend isn’t the person you thought they were. You’ll get over it, but you’ll never love them the same.