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FAREWELL, THE JAYHAWKS! IT’S BEEN A GREAT PLEASURE

Last time I saw The Jayhawks on stage, was in 2009, at Primavera Sound Festival, right before Neil Young. It was a good show, but with this band, it’s never enough, shows always end with the feeling of missing too much stuff.  Although I haven’t listened to  Mockingbird Time much, because I don’t really connect to it, this wasn’t enough to miss a show, thus when the Spanish tour dates were announced. I got my ticket right away.

Yesterday breaking news shocked us, just the very same day they were starting this mini tour. Gary Louris admitted not having future plans for The Jayhawks. He sounded tired, and it was easy reading between lines that he admitted boundaries to his vocal mate, Mark Olson, no longer existed, and all the magic was gone. From the same interview you could distinguish a confession of Mockingbird Time to be a failure, with unfulfilled expectations. They have changed, their vibe didn’t flow, and nothing could return to the way it used to be.

After reading this pessimistic confession, it was hard to keep up the good spirits. It was a rough day for me too, as I had been advised my candidature for a job position in Madrid had been dismissed due to a cancellation in the recruiting process, but I was determined to have a good day, and enjoy the show regardless.

Many acquaintances from a music themed forum I regularly participate at, gathered at a bar to have the pre-show beer. Everybody was commenting on Louris’ statements, and even though expectations weren’t unreal and too high, we all thought the show was to be fine.

Punctuality was more than perfect, and the guys from Minneapolis opened with wonderful Wichita. Apolo is one of my favorite venues together. It used to be a proper music hall, and fortunately it’ very comfortable for the audience. You can see the stage from any corner and sound quality is quite decent. On this regard, this was something which couldn’t fail, The Jayhawks always sound neat and perfect, and yesterday was no exception.

They played around 5 songs of their new album, which, with all due respect, broke the rhythm of the show. We’re not talking about Megadeth, ok, but The Jayhawks, at this time, know exactly what their loyal Spanish fans want, thus, playing their new stuff they’re not even enthusiastic about, it’s like a waste of energy and time, and the risk of missing the audience attention easily, which happened too.

This didn’t happen when they played Two Angels, Take Me With You, Settled Down Like Rain, Blue or I’d Run Away. Those are the classic moments I wanna fall in love with someone and live happy ever after. Tears run down my cheeks with Rainy Day Music’s Angelyne, as this album is related to a season in my life I was falling in love, it was a very emotional moment, and yes, I’m too sensitive sometimes.

Thus, the setlist wasn’t that bad considering they completely dismissed some albums, sound was immaculate, but what was happening on stage was the confirmation of Louris’ statements. I’m 98% positive we’re not seeing this band all together on stage any more. Two perfect matching voices creating the most beautiful harmonies you can imagine are not enough to make Olson and Louris stand and endure each other any longer. Communication was non existent, they didn’t look at each other, Louris was hidden behind his dark glasses and his harp stand, Olson was smiling and laughing as if he was among friends in a barbecue party, but when addressing to the audience and starting the songs, you had this feeling of something not going well. They barely looked at each other, Olson was making jokes with the bass player while Louris was singing… a bit tense, really.

There was a moment Olson had to sing without the guitar, and the stamp was terrible. It was as if your drunken uncle was stealing the mic to sing a couple of shitty songs, demanding the audience attention. Very very sad.

Anyway, though I enjoyed the show, the band looked tired and old and the magic was gone, as advanced by Louris himself. They were professional enough as to deliver, but yeah, I had the feeling it was the last time, and now it’s time to look forward to see what Louris and Olson are capable of doing separated, because talent is something that remains after all.

It wasn’t a bad farewell. The Jayhawks, so long!

ANOTHER NIGHT IN THE SUN

And Finally, the day I’ve been longing for so long has come: May, the 19th 2011.

This date hasn’t to do with any birthday, nor a trip, but with the gig of Michael Monroe. As my dearest Axl  used to say in One in a Million, “Some say I’m crazy, I guess I’ll always be”.

Lately, my mid-term objectives and events are connected to concerts and festivals, it sounds superficial, no problem to admit it, there’s nothing able to cheer me up so much as gigs and joining my friends, so imagine, tonight I’ll be going to the concert with my two best friends, what else can I ask?

I’m veeery nervous and excited, smoking a lot, and thinking I gotta call this and gotta call that, as soon as I leave the office I’ll make a kwik pit stop at home and move my ass to wherever my friends are. Shit! I can’t wait!! I feel suffocated here!

One of my main concerns is where to carry my stuff: camera, keys, wallet, the case for the glasses, cigarettes, cellphone… my idea is to stand in first rows, but I reckon it’s gonna be rough in there, so I won’t wear my glasses. On the other hand, I had the terrible experience of my Japanese compact camera being stolen during moshpit during the last Guns n’ Roses show, and I had taken such amazing pix of Axl, it really hurt. Don’t want something similar happens again, and don’t feel my jeans pockets are safe enough for my stuff during a risky gig, but don’t want a huge bag either.

It’s true I’ve eased on this matter quite much, but love being in first rows with top shows. I’ve been beaten, stomp, pushed…you wanna rock? You got it! Just accept the game.

Tonight is gonna be the same, and the idea of being in first row with my ex it’s a bit disturbing, hope we don’t get as close enough as to create a tense moment, especially at the time band items such as picks, sticks or setlists are to be hunted. He can be very rough, but I can be a bitch sometimes too 😉 Better not to think about that.

Do you collect items? To tell you the truth, I can’t complain of items achieved in gigs: several setlists, many picks and many drumsticks. Best are, no doubt, setlists, drumsticks are sometimes difficult to identify and at the end of the day, they are sort of alive, moving around the house. Picks are really cool when personalized.

Enough of this crap I’ve been writing in a word doc during spare moments at work, I’ve felt the need though.

Will try to update on the gig later at night or tomorrow morning, not very sure if I’ll be able, depending on physical condition I come back home after the show, and because tomorrow morning I’m supposed to do lots of stuff before I meet Agnès for our roadtrip to Madrid, to see Mr. Monroe, with the chulapo’s squad, on Saturday. Hell yeah! It’s gonna be a hell of a weekend!!