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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Hole LIVE @ Terminal 5..04/28/10 (2nd of 2 nights!)

This is not a re-run; although it may read like one... What goes on.. I'm Jay Porks, this is the Jay Porks Experience and The twenty fifth edition of the Jay Porks Never Ending Concert Series tonight  takes us back to Terminal 5... 610 W 56th street in New York City for another night of Hole... Fresh of their visit to the metapausal women of the View this morning, and the release of the first Hole record in over a decade- let's see if they can pull it off again- can this place rock as hard as last night? For my face value ticket price of $35 dollars I would sure hope so...

Got here just as the doors opened a 8PM.. the Love Loves are not the
1st opener tonight, as that void has been filled by the show time
being 915 tonight as oppose to the 815 of last night... I had to come
early to explore the second and third floors of this used-to-be disco.

The left side of the second floor balcony is roped off and the event staff dude said it was VIP.. I saw "Little Fish" written on sheets of paper atop the tables.. Little Fish has VIPs? Who knew.. So I take a seat on one of these couches on the 2nd floor and relax because the TV screens in front of me will allow me to see when there is some action on stage, but for now they just show advertisements for, what else, other "Bowery Presents" sponsored events.. 8:28pm and the sides of the balconies in the back and right side of the second floor are already packed with eager fans.. And here I thought it was going to be an easy night for me, in a chair and all- doesn't appear that way.. Headed up to the 3rd floor..

Third floor is a little packed- I'd still be able to get some room along the side- but I gotta get out to the roof deck and have myself a veggie burger..okay you got me I'm not having a veggie burger, but the simple fact that they are available is just so cool.. The hipsters can stay fed..

Little Fish hit the stage at 9:02.. And I will not even attempt to get back downstairs as I park myself on a couch on front of one of the screens on the third floor.. Freak that- I stood up all night last night i deserve a seag.. It already looks more full than it did last night at the end of Hole's set.. The dude next to me is from Germany and speaks "very little English" and was not to happy when I told him that Hole played for less than an hour last night.. He said he flew into Newark 5 hours ago, picked up the Village voice and saw the show advertised and came here hoping to get a ticket.. And obviously he got one.. Thanks for the beer German dude- and hold on to that Nirvana ticket ( dude told me of a Nirvana show he bought tickets for in 1994.. A show scheduled after April in 94)

Little Fish second night in a row begin to grow on me.. They're a two man(person) ban in the studio and they bring an extra hand or two on tour.. I really wish they'd name one of thier songs so I can pass the title along to you... She might have mentioned a name or two but her accent isn't necessarily speaking the language as much as it chews it up and spits it out( that's a Stewie Griffin line) .. Oh wait there it is, they named a song! "Darling Dear".. Juju says it's about " getting someone into bed".. Whatever you say- the song is cool, sounds like we have an effects pedal in the house.. Little Fish seems to be better received than last night- they played a song called "Am I Crazy" which was pretty cool.. They went off at 933.. 

The video I took from Hole's set last night is currently giving me

problems when I upload it to YouTube.. After I convert the file and
upload it, like 20 second into the video the sound cuts out for that I apologize.... As soon
as I figure out why that is I will fix it, but since that's the case I
don't feel the need to get multiple songs taped- so I'm not sure what
exactly I'll have in terms of pictures..

Is that Hole soundchecking at 9:48? They fooled around a while and the
military style drum roll started, this must be their intro music
because they did the same thing last night- they walk on stage at
exactly 1015.. Opened it up with the "pretty on the inside"/"sympathy
for the devil" intro from last night- but the roar of the crowd is
crazy loud- sounds louder than last night.. "Skinny Little Bitch"
follows.. People on the third floor are standing on furniture right
near the balconies edge... Not the safest lookin thing I've seen...
"Miss World" follows, and I hope we're not headed for the same exact
set list as last night- actually I take that back- they played every
song I wanted to hear last night( with the exception of Jennifers
Body)..... "Violet" starts-i guess I'm not the only one who knows the
words- this place is trembling with 3500 different individuals singing
along.. This place is shaking- Courtney made us promise to still love
her if they "didn't play any old songs".. We agreeed and enjoyed....
Next up was the title track from the latest release- "Nobody's
Daughter".. This song is great- a grinder in my book.. The guitars
grind out throughout the song and seem layered several times although
they are not.. I don't think they played this last night-and if they
did it got past me.. After that song ended Courtney took of the white
button down she had on and had on a black dress thing going on
underneath.. it was hot- they jumped in "Letter To God" next.. This
song is epic- song has a loud- quiet - loud approach to it.. Getting
really quiet and really loud equally.. Larkin taking that guitar to
town with this riff... Next up Love states - " this is a song about
that Malibu place- it's not Malibu that's later, this is PCH" "Pacific
Coast highway" is what she was referring to.. Another brillant song
off the new record.. Where have they been for these years? This rocks!
Looking up at the screen.. On stage looks to be a well tuned
instrument of a band playing- they're hella tight right now.. Bombing
out this tune they shine the stage lights on the crowd- Which was
greeted by cheers of up "Gold Dust Woman" , a Fleetwood Mac
cover.. Awesome.. I love the way they do this's like
Fleetwood Mac but with that touch of grunge that all genres of music
need... Stevie Nicks would be proud (or would she).. Before the next
number Love says " this is the number one song I iTunes if I'm
correct" as they get into " Someone Elses Bed".. Great song...followed
it with the aforementioned "Malibu", that got everyone up- including
me- who had to get some sort of video to turn into pictures.. I got a
nice shot from the third floor of the stage and some of the standing
fans in the front.. " Celebrity Skin" followed.. So we're almost
following the same set from last night with some minor changes.. They
tried to go off by playing " Samantha"(the only song I recorded all night) and Love said " we'll be back
if you want us"... So we now await the encore a 1104pm.. This is the
same time the set ended last night- encore and all..

Out for the encore, Love changed into the same heavenly white dress
as last night .." Play with Fire" seems to be a song they are getting
into the habit of playing on tour.... Didn't know Courtney was such a
devoted Stones- head.. Maybe they're just easy to play.. They said
they cut it short last night because Micko's wrist is messed up- she
called him a pussy too.. "Doll Parts" next- everyone is having a hell
of a time right now- everyone is smiling- singing and being drunk
enjoying great music... Forgot how much I love this damn song....
Thought the night would end the same as last, with " Northern
Lights"... But I was surprised when " Never Go Hungry" started
playing.. Love repeated that " he is in alot of pain" referring to
Micko's wrist, which is hurt and we don't know why.. Never go hungry
people are walking out because they know it's the last song.. It a
song that sounds like it was written after a week of listening to
Blind Lemon Jefferson and Leadbelly records.. Great song, almost like
a slave song in a way- sounds like it was sang out in the fields...
They ended that song and their set at 11:23.. Bout 20 minutes later
than last night...

Another jammed packed show.. Gold Dust Woman is my personal
highlight.. After catching that cover on YouTube I never thought I'd
have the privilege of hearing it live... Total awesomeness.. Words
cannot describe( even tho I just spent the whole night describing it)
the insanity of seeing Hole live... It really does feel like the 90's
all over again- except I'm not in Junior High School...

Our 90's theme will continue on May 2nd, as Roseland Ballroom braces
itself for the Jay Pork Experience to roll through for the Sublime
(with Rome) show.. That should kick as much ass as these two nights
did- in it's own way.. As for me, well I wrote this review while at
the show, so right now I'm in a cab on the West Side Highway("With
your gun in my hands") headed to the ferry- this will be up soon as I
get home.. Thanks for putting up with my non-sense for a few minutes
of your day- catch everyone May 2nd.......LATE

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Hole LIVE @ Terminal 5.. 04/27/10 (1st of 2 nights!)

So what exactly is there to do on a Tuesday night in the city with the wind almost knocking people over Oh wait, I know what we can do-WE CAN GO SEE HOLE ON THE DAY OF THEIR RECORD RELEASE!!! So what goes on people; welcome, and buckle yourselves into the twenty forth edition of the Jay Porks Never Ending Concert Series... Tonight takes us to 610 West 56th Street a venue known as “Terminal 5”.. The crew is: Pam, Renee, Megan and Me (Jay Porks)... and we were all to meet at the venue around showtime..I was early as usual but met up with Pam around 8:05 and headed towards the show.. Here we go...

Before I start, let me state for the record first and foremost that there was a dude outside giving away free tickets-he had THIRTY of them! When asked how he got them, he said “I can't really say where I got them..but lets just say I work for a company that gave them to me and told me I can give them away”.. I don't see why someone would be giving away fake free tickets, but too bad I didn't need an extra... damn... So we (Me and Pam)walk in around 8:30ish, leave the other two tickets (for Megan and Renee) at will call-get our tickets scanned by some fine young ladies; to one I ask: “Are we gonna be able to like, go back to to smoke cigarettes?”, because for some reason at rock concerts all I care about is that last smoke before the headliner comes on.. you don't find conversation like that anywhere.. she says, and I quote “The roof deck is open above the third floor”... Sounds good to me... We walk down a hallway past a line of like 200 people- with all the 101.9 RXP signs I saw, I thought it was the line to get autographs from Matt Pinfield or something.. But no, it was the line for merch! You crazy? I'm coming back tomorrow anyway, let me check these opening bands out before I spend most of my night waiting for a $40 tee shirt.. So I took a pass on that..

Walked into the main room, and the band that was currently on, 'The Love Loves”, were in between songs and the lead singer said “Okay this is our last song”.. I was thinking okay, this night's moving quickly.. grab myself a beer for six bucks as Megan and Renee show up, and now all four of us are in the Jay Porks Experience tee shirts, and we are in FULL effect.. some dude with a long ass pony tail, a pony tail that even I envy, came up to us wearing a suit talking asking about the shirts jokingly saying “so My favorite band sucks?” and I didn't even need to speak up, Megan hit him with an blunt “Yes”.. he mentions 'The Who' and Meg's like “Nah, they suck” just completely shitting on this guy.. she told him “I never really got into the Stones”.. true or not, saying that to anyone with a shred of gray hair takes a pair of balls that I do not own.. That was awesome.. But this guy had to be some sort of writer or something because he pulled out a 3 month(hand written) concert calender sort of thing and there were shows like every night this dude is going to be at... I pointed to tomorrow's space on the calender and said “I guess I'll be seeing you tomorrow night as well”... he seemed to be schmoozin' with everyone so I moved on...

The back line to all this is “Little Fish” have hit the stage (at about 9:10) in the midst of our conversation, and I don't know why but for some reason I had thought I read somewhere that they were from New Jersey, so I kept asking aloud what's up with the British accent you're from Jersey.. until the lead singer/guitar player, Julia "Juju" Sophie, informed me and the rest of the now filling out crowd that they were from England, and that “You're all welcome anytime you want to come by”.. neither I or anyone I'm with or asked knew who Little Fish were, but they are a duo based band with Juju on vocals and guitar and a dude named Neil Greenaway (Nez) and they are produced by Linda Perry.. Their sound wasn't, for the most part bothering me at all.. Nothing really to write home about, but they weren't bothersome.. sort of different while being the same. you people can check them out later, and tell me what you think... but back to the now-.somewhere along the lines another stranger has stopped in, and is examining the shirts... and looks at the girls and says “Okay, your in his band” turns to me “and you look like a Jay Porks, so these are like your girls”.. not exactly, but I'll take the credit for being with chicks, so then I explained the website to him... then he says “cool, have a business card”... DAMMIT! I'm over here giving anyway tee shirts and I couldn't be smart enough to pick up some business cards.. so I wrote JayPorks.Com on a piece of paper from the pad I was using, which happened to be one of those waiter pads that I got from work and gave it to him as he walked away-another ongoing joke of the night was that pad..

Around 9:50, “Little Fish” went off, but a song or two before they did, I decided it's time to check out this rooftop smoking section I was informed about at the door... so I head to the second floor, where I notice people sitting on couches and shit watching the concert on 50 inch TV screens..there's a bar right there too, and you can overlook the railing and see all that's going on live if you feel like standing up.. that looked like a cool spot.. I may park myself there tomorrow night to get some different video angle from the videos I put up tonight on YouTube.. I got a lot of full songs, but from a distance-and Terminal 5 was very cool with the video they didn't bother me at all.. I'll give credit where credit is due... anyway, so I asked some event staff where do I go and they told me “ down the hall, to the left of the bar, downstairs, a left, and then up to the third floor” or something like that leaving me with a “wtf” look on my face.. so I walk around and eventually start smelling some Marijuana in hallways so I know I'm getting closer and finally I open the door and get hit in the face with smoke.. not weed smoke or cigarette smoke.. BBQ smoke.. there is a fucking barbeque on the roof, with yet another full bar and people chillin' all over the place.. that shit was fucking awesome.. the vibes were great up there, I hit the bar and got a shot of cafe petrone with a bud light for a total of 17 bucks then I headed back down after my cig... what a spot.. you could see the surrounding buildings and all that other cool stuff that goes with good vibes... it was cool up there, but the reason this night exists is about to hit the stage I'm assuming, so downstairs I must head...

Got back with the crew raving about the BBQ upstairs a little after Little Fish went off... I noticed it was 9:55 when I began the countdown.. when I started looking towards the stage to see what the roadies are up to and how close we are to this.. sign said Hole- 10:15... lets hope so...

Lost track of time once the Queen of Rock hit stage in a black dress (similar to the one she wore on Letterman the episode that aired tonight, 4/27/10-I'll assume taped today)... did you ever get that feeling? Like, I was seriously pumped for this, and I was in the building for almost two hours knowing that Hole was going to be amazing, but when they strummed that first chord-that first song-it's like “Wow.. this is real.. I am really here right now”.. They kicked off with a short version of “Pretty on the Inside” that led into a cover of the Rolling Stones “Sympathy for the Devil”.. which was really frickin' cool-nice take on that song.. They got into the single next, “Skinny Little Bitch”-during the song Love altered the lyrics that go “ born of sour milk, coke and pills” to “born of sour milk and New York Thrills”.. nice little shout out.. I like it... we also took bets before the set of how many times we'd see her crotch during the night (I had 3 times).. there were none, and she was drinking a bottle of water... Not your old school plane crash of a Hole concert.. she's clean, and she's got a new re vamped rocking version of Hole.. we got Micko Larkin on lead guitar.. he's a beast-not to mention like 20 years old I think he's almost still-while the sounds coming out of his amps are not at all complacent... Stu Fisher is the drummer and holding own the bass is a dude named Shawn Dailey-who has a down toned bass sound similar to Krist Novelselic back in the day.. they hold a very tight rhythm section down.. okay, next they got into “Miss World” a song I was hoping to hear.. love that song.. then, they played “Violet”.. two old school songs back to back the house was a rocking.. this is actually a shot from when they were playing Violet.. Next up some new songs, as Courtney phrased it “You have to hear this new shit because it's not gonna be new for long”... “Letter to God”, “Pacific Coast Highway” and “Someone Else's Bed” are three epic songs off the new record, 'Nobody's Daughter', in stores today.. after those three songs, here's a shocker- “Malibu”! Not a shocker like I wasn't expected to hear it but they were rockin' so hard I didn't even think they'd go there.. I thought they'd play some more new stuff, but then they hit us with “Celebrity Skin” and that's when the roof came off of that place.. That's got to be top ten happiest moments of my life that 3 minutes or however long that song is... to be in the same building with that song live.. words can't begin to explain although I try my hardest.... I didn't get it on video because I was rockin' out at the time... Then “Samantha”, the song they played on Jonathon Ross's show.. that song friggin' rocks too.. the underlying heavy riff that Larkin sustains during this song is some real bad ass sounding stuff.. before the song, Love said “We've been a good date haven't we?”.. and after the song they said goodnight..

Of course that's not the end... They come back out fairly quickly with cigarettes in hand and Love now wearing a white dress... They get into another Stones cover, “Play With Fire”.. then “Doll Parts”, which is still as epic sounding as it was when it was released... and finally on the set list was “Northern Lights”.. a soothing end to an insane show....Oh what a night.. I enjoyed the HOLE thing...

If you read my review of Them Crooked Vultures back in February, then you remember me mentioning a bum with the funnist sign I had ever seen in my life and I regretted not taking a picture.. well, I got one this time!    

Killer set, killer night.. can't wait to do this all again tomorrow night.. Hope the set list varies so I don't have to write the same review, tomorrow night rolling alone-maybe I'll sit upstairs.. Who knows.. Anyway, thanks for putting up with my non sense for a few minutes-hope to catch you all soon-LATE