Monday, March 17, 2008
Aging Disgracefully at the Bob Mould Show
Many things depress me. War. Hunger. Old Yeller. But, most of all, I get depressed when I see some emo boy with spiky hair and skinny jeans, pushing a stroller. Sweetie, by spawning, you have given up any obligation to coolness. It's time to trade in those Diesels for some Dockers and fire up the minivan.
What does this have to do with Saturday's Bob Mould show? Not much of anything. Except I bet the emo stroller guy's brother was the one who tried to stagedive.
If you're like me and got into Sugar in high school, you're over 30. If you're a Husker Du person, you, like, built the Pyramids and Jesus owes you a quarter. So most of the crowd was pretty well old. Someone even brought their kid. Most of us stood around, bobbed our heads, or did that white-person-at-the-rock-show sway. One guy tried to start a mosh pit, and by the end of the show had perfected a dance move that sort of looked like a prairie dog trying to climb a ladder. He almost got punched once or twice, but for the most part the crowd wasn't up for a rumble.
But you want to hear about the stagediving. Right. Some guy in a green shirt launched himself onto the stage and then right into the audience. First of all, I wasn't aware that it was still 1993. Who stagedives any more? Second, I can't believe I saw some dude leap off a stage into a sea of gray hairs and bald scalps. Where did he think he was, in the swimming pool scene from Cocoon? It was more of a stage bellyflop, because nobody was in good enough shape to catch him. I'm pretty sure he hit the floor, and that it probably hurt.
Other than that, the show was pretty uneventful. Doors at 6:30, out the door by 10:00. As we left the club, I turned to Tim and said, "What should we do now?" "Go home," he replied.
So we did, to drink hot cocoa and listen to Will Shatner sing "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds." See, Stagediver Guy, THAT's how you age gracefully.
PS - the show itself? Awesome.
In the comments, tell me about the weirdest thing you ever saw at a rock show.