Friday, 2 September 2011

Cheap Trick

Last night, at last minute, I had the opportunity to go see Cheap Trick at a small venue.
It maybe lame, but I like Cheap Trick. You may know them as the guys who did the theme for That 70's Show but I discovered them through the soundtrack to the movie Heavy Metal

and Rock & Rule (Which is Canada's PG rated answer to to Heavy Metal...which was also Canadian...)

The warm up band was a group of kids called Plead the Fifth who looked too young to even be in the venue. They weren't bad, they could certainly play, but the lyrical content was laughable. "We only live to die so nothing matters!" or something.  But, I've heard much, much worse in my time. It was brief and sufficient.

So the lights go down and a recording starts, Bart Simpson says "Haven't you even listened to yourself on a recording?" and Homer retorts "I prefer to listen to Cheap Trick" then Apu sings The Dream Police, then a few seconds of That 70's Show theme and the band came out and did their thing.

I'm not going to give a rundown of the show other than a few brief points.

A) Most docile crowd I have ever seen.

B) They still sound good. They sound the same, and that's good. Some people just lose their ability to preform.

C) Magical Mystery Tour needed lasers!

It was a good, fun, light show. But it was also depressing.

No one sings about Lord of the Rings anymore. Everything is love, or sex, or money, or swagger. Everything is autotuned garbage. No one has any talent or skill, just money. Have money? Know someone? Here's a recording contract!
Those facts, combined with Todd's MTV vlog, the state of music over the last 5-10 years is just freaking depressing.



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