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Re: “Aerosmith and Cheap Trick at Bridgestone Arena, 12/13/2012

I (wait-- "we"--me and my former tragically hip 80s indie band self) are of two minds writing this comment. The first "me" is a late-cusp boomer, worshipping Aerosmith as a 7th grader in '74, then abandoning them for the theatricality of KISS (first concert and experiment with a foul-tasting and no doubt paraquat-dusted purple reefer), then abandoning THEM in 8th grade when they put out a comic book (with real KISS BLOOD in the ink from band members!!!) when they sold out, THEN following the DIY punk bands because we can all 
play crappy guitar and do really shitty graphic design, and THEN following the college bands that worshipped the dark underbelly of the "seminal" Velvet Underground, that was so dark and cool and dystopian and re-FLEC-tive doing horrible drugs like speed and being your mirror in aluminum-shrouded basements, with Warhol wanking and eye-rolling and distancing himself the whole time, while people were having actual sex with other human beings in the  '60s in CA and would share their love and bodies 'cause, you know, love is free and drugs like LSD are so great and NY drugs suck, and THEN sub-Pop indie and the Replacements who fucking hated answering machines and music videos and the entrapment of selling out but being brilliant songwriters and were so bothered by having actual talent they diminished it all by being too shit- faced to play, and THEN, thank god, Nirvana and corporate magazines suck while posing on a corporate mag cover (oooo, early '90s irony) and being misanthropic is so cool we're sorta hoping the lead singer won't OD in the ambulance in Italy when Courtney said he might and thanking god he died instead with a shotgun in his mouth in a crappy A-frame in Washington State, cause that is so much cooler than dying in a sunny country during a European tour--and PLUS, thank god he died at 27 so he would be part of "that stupid club" (as deemed by his grieving mother), and join in pathetic pantheon of others like Jimi, Janis, Jim, and Brian (get to 50 and you'll really know how precious life is; ODing in a hotel room with a hooker in Vegas like Entwistle is not nearly as cool at 57 as it was at 27), OR, my other mind, I can finally grow the fuck up and have kids and a job and not worry about what is cool and what is not. It WAS really exhausting, anyway, wasn't it? Don't know how Thursten Moore and Kim Gordon could handle it.
BTW, Aerosmith rocked.

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Posted by jobwah on 12/15/2012 at 12:41 AM

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