Since my boyfriend went camping this week, I decided last minute to get a Death Cab For Cutie, who played (briefly) at the GSR last night.
I showed up, gave $35 to the friendly staff at the box office for a General Admission ticket, and in minutes found myself in the front of the stage with a bunch of young hipsters. The opening band was great, and then Death Cab came out and launched into one of their new songs. They sounded good, and since guitarist Nick was out having a baby, David Bazan filled in for him (which to me was a special treat).
I belted out the lyrics to “New Year”, “Little Wanderer”, “Ghost of Beverly Drive”, and even got teary-eyed singing “Black Sun”- the first song I heard after my brother Erik died.
But then about six songs in, front man Ben Gibbard threw down his guitar. I thought it was because he was rocking out so hard, but he subsequently broke their only amp. (He said it was like having an old, trusty car, and this one happened to take a shit.) They played one song on the piano as the roadies worked on it, but then the show began to go downhill fast. They played one more song and Ben stormed off the stage, leaving the rest of the band to finish it.
Then we all stood around, wondering if Death Cab was going to come back onstage. There was a small break as three stagehands tried to fix the amp, and a couple minutes went by before the band returned. They played a couple more songs, but you could tell that the amp wasn’t working right. Again, Ben threw down his guitar and stormed off the stage. A few minutes later, the rest of the band came out and apologized, saying they “owed Reno one”.
Then it was over. In the end, Death Cab played about 10 songs and it was a decent show, but I’m pretty disappointed in Ben’s temper tantrum. I’ve been a pretty dedicated fan for over 12 years. I first saw them play The Fillmore, SF on Nov. 17, 2003 with Nada Surf, and I don’t remember Ben being quite the diva. Unfortunately I heard from friends on Facebook that this is a pretty common occurrence for them.
Anyways, I’m glad I didn’t pay more than $35 for the show, and everyone at the GSR was super nice. At least I got to hear “Black Sun” and the almost-full moon made everything sparkle on the way back to Lake Tahoe.
Looks like Radiohead has once again secured the #1 spot on Kayla’s Favorite Bands list.
Part of “Little Wanderer”
Part of “Black Sun“