Friday, April 28, 2006

Jack's Mannequin in Anaheim

Jacki and I went to see Jack's Mannequin at the Grove Of Anaheim Thursday night. Turkish Rocket opened. Their drummer was a little spastic, and the music, well, let's not talk about their music. We were definitely glad once Jack's Mannequin came on stage.

It doesn't happen often at concerts but I definitely felt old tonight. I think 95% of the people there were still in high school. Jacki and I kind of stuck out like the other handful of older people. You could probably count all of the people over 30 on two hands.

The band sounded great. I had some concerns since the sound at the Dream Theater show in the same venue was so poor a couple of months back. Having appropriately amplified levels for the type of music being performed makes a big difference.

Highlights of course were Bruised, Dark Blue, The Mixed Tape, Into the Airwaves and the closing the main set with You Can Breathe. They pretty much played all of the album Everything In Transit. One track I didn't know and then a couple of covers at the end. They closed the show with a rockin' version of Police's Message in a Bottle. Its good to know the kids like the Police.

The double take of the night occured when I noticed their drummer had the same make and color drum set as me. Oil Satin Blue finish on DW drums, he used a different snare but the bass drum and the toms were the same color as mine. First time I had seen the finish on drums other than the ones I actually own.

The final observation of the night was this band was about as plain looking as they come. Not guys you'd run into on the street and think hey, they're in a rock band. I guess the kids don't need long hair and spandex these days. HA!


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