Nickelback last night. He probably didn't anticipate my accepting his offer when he threw down the gauntlet, figuring that a "hipster" like myself wouldn't be caught dead at the show. I guess I'll have to wait to see what unknown pleasures lurk in their pyrotechnic flight of fancy. Bill did send me an email in which he said, "I'd like to share with you some realizations about the show last night which might tend to support your position on the band, as well as some that may not."
One show that I'm much more likely to attend is the Apr. 12 Todd Rundgren show at The Belcourt. Rundgren is a pop mastermind whose albums Runt, Something/Anything? and A Wizard, a True Star all rule. He started being a badass at the ripe age of 18 when he joined Nazz, and his production credits include New York Dolls' New York Dolls, Sparks' Sparks, Badfinger's Straight Up, Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell, Patti Smith's Easter and XTC's Skylarking. Tickets are $40 and go on sale Mar. 6 on The Belcourt's official site. I don't expect to see a candlelight vigil there.