19 September 2011

Birthday Concerts

{ Photo by Cheryl Ann @ Bar Spiel }

My birthday falls in the middle of September and in recent years I've seen some fantastic shows around my birthday.

Back in September of 2005 I saw Oasis at the Hollywood Bowl with Kasabian and Jet. Oasis had long been a favorite band of mine since high school and to finally see them perform at a beautiful venue on a beautiful night was, well, beautiful. Touring behind their muscular new record Don't Believe The Truth it appeared as if Oasis were returning to a form they haven't had since the mid-90s.

But by August of 2009, the new phase of Oasis that seemed promising ultimately sputtered and faded away as internal strife ultimately split-up the band. Jet, predictably, was a flash in the pan. Kasabian showed promise but subsequent albums never captured the power of their debut.

I saw Phoenix with Metric at the Greek Theater in September of 2009 and I saw Phoenix again in September of 2010 at the Hollywood Bowl.

This small French band only catered to a small fan base since their release of United in 2000 but received world-wide recognition with their May 2009 release of Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix.

The Greek Theater holds just under 6,000 people and within a year they were playing to nearly 18,000 people at a sold-out Hollywood Bowl. Needless to say, the progression of this band in 12 months has been pretty amazing.

Tonight I will see Bon Iver at the Shrine Auditorium. My thoughts on Bon Iver have been well-documented on this site and I'm looking forward to an amazing experience. I hope the venue isn't too dusty.

I enjoy going to see a big concert around my birthday because it serves as a hallmark of a time in my life. It's hard not to look back at a show, the year, who you were with, and where you are today and see how much has changed and how much has stayed the same and how far you've come.

Concerts are like bookmarks for your life and Bon Iver will be the little post-it note in my brain that marks 2011.

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