when you are addicted to live music like i am, taking a break from going to shows and music festivals (like SXSW, for example) kinda messes with your head. on one hand, you really miss seeing live music ALL THE TIME, but on the other hand, you don’t miss the crowds, the drama of photo pass access, and of course, the occasional disappointing show.
last night at the wiltern for the editors show, i was harshly reminded why i have been on hiatus from shooting live music. no photo pit, shooting far away on a “handicap” ramp, and yes, a truly underwhelming show loaded with too much synth and not enough vocals and guitar. and dare i mention the painfully abbreviated version of “bones” that succinctly edited out all my favorite parts, including the epic ending? huh? really?
save for the last 15-minutes of the encore, i would have walked away with a complete bitter taste in my mouth. but those last few songs… damn. editors kinda redeemed themselves. insanely energetic renditions of “munich,” “papillon” and “fingers in the factories” actually inspired me to buy the very LAST T-SHIRT in the whole place, even though the show overall did not warrant my souvenir purchase.
easing my way back into this whole photo thing, i gotta keep reminding myself: “it breaks if you don’t try…”
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