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[Concert_Review: Des_Moines,_IA_2-16-06]

by dearly esteemed WTC reader Iris

Review of the Des Moines show:  FUCKING AWESOME! 

We had GA tickets, and I had shelled out the $60 bucks for the spiral membership, so we got in about an hour early (though we missed the sound check because of the fucking freezing rain made us drive slow).  Moving Units came on, and they were okay.  I liked them much better then Autolux.  No one here seemed to be real into them, so I think they got kind of smart assed about it and thanked the audience for our attention, and said they weren’t used to such “highfaluting accommodations,” or something to that effect.  The joke fell flat, so they announced they would do one more song and then leave so we could see who we really came to the show for.  Crowd goes nuts.

Then there were the roadies.  Normally not something to really talk about there but there was an old lady roadie!  And I mean old but not the type of old woman that you might expect.  She didn’t show the usual signs that she’d been doing this for years.  You know the look that tough old broad who has probably drank, smoked, and fucked it all.  No, this woman looked like my Grandmother (no lie).  She looked so innocent, like she should be baking cookies, trimming the roses, going to church every Sunday, or wiping some snotty kid’s nose, only she was dressed all in black and moving microphones.  I totally flipped-out laughing!  So, at least now I know what I want to do when I retire.  Move over granny, I’m going to be your replacement one day!

Then Trent and Co. came out.  First time in the pit, and I can’t wait to do it again.  The minute they came out, everyone surged forward and everything else that I saw kind of came in spurts.  I remember getting splashed with water a couple of times, although I couldn’t say who was doing the throwing.  We were pretty much between Trent and Aaron.  I think it was Aaron spitting water.  Ehh...whatever.  Trent looked and sounded amazing. Here's the set list.  There’s a song that when he sings his body is sideways to the audience and he bends to his knees and then bends back as far as he can a lot during it.  Well, that little t-shirt he wore crept up a bit and I caught a glimpse of that sweet spot of a man’s hip.  Don’t know exactly how to describe it, but check out the arrow. I think that might have been during “Terrible Lie”.  Anyhow, totally HOT!  Then, after the song was over, he was walking towards the backstage and I saw him hitch his britches up.  There was something so endearing about that.  So humanizing, you know?  Man’s gotta adjust his pants every now and then.  I get caught up in stupid shit like that.

Anyways, after “The Big Comedown” he was particularly chatty with the audience.  All this is from what I can remember, but he thanked us for coming out, even though there was some shitty weather happening.  He said that it was “great to back on tour, and great to be back here in Iowa… fuck… wait… I can’t remember if we’ve ever fucking been here.  (chuckles) Anyhow you’re a great audience… we feel it you know… the love. Yeah.”  That part I laughed to because of all our discussion on WTC about the different types of love there are.  It made me wonder if he really does read this stuff.  Hahaha.  Then he said “that band Slipknot is from here, right?  Yeah.  Cool band.  Great music.  We had the unfortunate experience of going on after them in Japan.  It sucked, 'cause the crowd was already wiped out by the time we went on.  (laughs)  This next song is one of my favorites.  It’s off the Natural Born Killers soundtrack.  It’s called Burn”.  I know you like that one D., and as you described during the KROQ show “that first restrained 'burn,' and the way you can totally feel the way it's all about to fucking bust wide open in just a fucking minute” And indeed, all hell did break loose after that.

The sheer curtain came down either during, or right after “Eraser”, and they played the videos on it.  Then, at the end of “Right Where It Belongs”, you could see him behind the curtain *throw* the mic stand at the curtain as the glass in the video breaks.  Of course he doesn’t really throw the mic stand, but it was still funny to see the guy in front of me duck.  “Beside You In Time” sounded great.  Just listening to that song at home with my headphones makes my heart have irregular rhythms because of the beat.  Hearing it and feeling it played live was unimaginable.  Cheesy as it might sound, I thought I was going to pass out.

I think he talked some more between “Wish” and “Only”.  I think it was only to say that it was off the new album.  I was dealing with other problems during that part, as my hubby was trying to keep me from getting in a fist fight with this dude that wouldn’t fucking back off.  I took my fair share of being groped and shoved from this guy (I wasn’t so naive to think that wouldn’t somewhat happen) but enough was enough.  I caught an ear full from my hubby, and from this dude, for taking a swing at him, but a girl’s gotta get her point across somehow.  And, he did back off a bit after that.  I’ve still got the bruises under my arm from where he kept trying to pull me all over the place.

I was surprised we got “Starfuckers”, and I was so fucking wiped out at the very end of it all.  The cool air conditioning felt great. Breathing in, and water never tasted so sweet.  I was on cloud 9 from an excellent show.  Reality set in real quick, though, after we went outside into the 0 degree weather, and I realized my clothes were soaked through with my, and whoever else’s, sweat.  I was going to go to the Kansas City show, too, but I couldn’t find anyone else to travel with.  Probably a good thing cause it feels like I’ve been on death’s door since Sunday from this sinus/sore-throat/flu thing.  Anyways…incredible show, good audience (no fuck heads throwing shit), and I can’t wait til the next time I can see them. 

Who’s with me?!?

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Iris, that was the awesomest concert review ever, and I just couldn't leave it buried so deep under Maise's review. I hope you don't mind that I went ahead an posted it!

Thank you so much for including the bit about our man Trent hitching up his britches, because that is JUST the kind of detail, intimations of the HUMAN BEING who does this work, that makes the show so beautiful. You know, I have seen NIN a lot of times, and I know about Trent's every move and pose when he plays those songs, but it's the little details, the look on his face, the way he looks out at the crowd, the hitching up of britches, that makes it so fucking lovely to see him every single goddamned time. I just want to tell you that you hit the nail on the head with this review, baby, and it made me feel like I was going to die of envy.

However, I do not believe him for one minute about fucking Slipknot. That shit is gay.

Posted by: Dierdre | Feb 24, 2006 3:27:52 AM

Thanks for moving it over D.

Whether he likes Slipknot or not I don't really care but he had to throw us some kind of bone that he's at least heard of something in Iowa. There's not much here at all. I mean when the state's claim to fame boils down to Ashton Kutcher, Elijah Wood, Radar O'Riely for the older generation of M.A.S.H., and Tom Arnold...well then Slipknot seems to be the only thing that he could bring up that would relate to the crowd. I've never really listened to them but I found myself in the "WooHoo yeah Slipknot!" kind of mood after he mentioned them. Which is just fucking sad.

Posted by: Iris | Feb 24, 2006 5:30:37 AM

Slipknot totally sucks, but Elijah is adorable. And thanks to Maise for pointing me to this site! It's awesome!

Posted by: Sam I Am | Feb 24, 2006 5:33:59 AM

Excellent review, Iris! I especially liked the helpful hip reference. That's from Blade III, right? The movie where one thinks, wow, Ryan Reynolds is fucking ripped. Thanks so much for posting that!

I think it's rather poor form for an opening band to get all pissy. Of course no one wants to see you--you're the opening band! There are certain situations when that's not the case, like Saul Williams or the Dresden Dolls or, as Sam I Am would remember, VHS or Beta. But I'm sure there were plenty of people who told even them to "Get off the stage!" That's show biz, folks. Besides, Trent may like them, but from what I saw of Moving Units, they were nothing to write home about. Their songs were okay, but there was no performance.

I consider myself lucky to have escaped "Starfuckers" twice. It's what I call the "President Gas" of NIN, which refers to the unifying President Gas Theory of Rock Music. As you may know, the Psychedelic Furs are an amazing band...except for the song "President Gas," which is dreadful, and I hate it. But since it's a "greatest hit," it's inevitable that you're going to hear it in concert. Every band has a "President Gas" of its own. I would say that "Starfuckers" is the NIN version. Another example would be "Friday I'm In Love," by the Cure. Or "Condemnation" by Depeche Mode.

Posted by: maise | Feb 24, 2006 7:46:42 AM

Btw, based on the new photo in "Current," I'm struggling to find an apt pop culture comparison to Aaron's hair. I think he's on the road to Poochie. (See: 2nd picture on the page)

Posted by: maise | Feb 24, 2006 8:19:50 AM

Ugh, the husband has me trapped in front of the computer trying to get baseball tickets. I've been stuck in a "virtual waiting room" for about an hour now. This is worse than Ticketmaster! So I'll grasp at any thread of entertainment now...

Anyway, I found this to be terribly depressing. It seems that a bunch of celebrities were in on the J.T. Leroy hoax. Or so they say now, anyway.

So sad, I was really hoping that Winona Ryder got punk'd.

Posted by: maise | Feb 24, 2006 9:51:46 AM

I think your Poochie reference is right on track Maise. Now I wonder what it would take to convince Aaron to dye his hair pink?

Posted by: Iris | Feb 24, 2006 10:49:11 AM

trent reznor did snake hips while playing tamborine in cincinnati, and aaron north threw himself offstage. i will update more, after i stop having heart palpitations.

Posted by: Jane C. | Feb 25, 2006 9:10:01 PM

Snake hips? What, like Axl?

Do tell more...soon! :)

Posted by: maise | Feb 25, 2006 9:56:44 PM

better than axl. just... tight little hips doing what they should. i believe it was in the intro to "only". and during with teeth, he was in profile, and gyrating and teeth and.... yeah. i have become a woman this night.

Posted by: Jane C. | Feb 25, 2006 9:59:40 PM

i'm having a little shiver thinking about trent doing snkae hips. thats so sexy i may die.


Posted by: Tori | Feb 25, 2006 10:00:33 PM

And he played burn, and hurt, and terrible lie, and... it was amazing. he tried to talk but a mike wasn't working, so he switched and then played hurt. i had never seen them live, never really seen a big show before. but now i know the secrets of life=

trent reznor. in tight pants.

Posted by: Jane C. | Feb 25, 2006 10:30:49 PM

I'm telling you...he really rocks that fucking tambourine. I remember when I was in grade school, and in an extremely misguided decision, I joined the drum section. Playing the tambourine was always kind of the bitch's chore, although definitely better than being assigned the triangle. But I bet Trent could make the triangle fucking HOT.

Posted by: maise | Feb 25, 2006 10:31:22 PM

trent reznor could make the piccolo hot. i had this discussion- i and one of the people i went with, who is in music school at the cincinnati conservatory of music, could not think of a single instrument that could not be sexy with trent. xylaphone- check. jews harp- check. digeradoo- yup.

Posted by: Jane C. | Feb 25, 2006 11:05:01 PM

Glad to see someone else went to the Cincy show. :D

I was there and in Lexington last night; TR was pretty chatty at the Lexington show, and the energy at both from the crowd and the band was great at both. The smaller market shows aren't as flashy, but the people who go are always REALLY stoked to be there — I'm sure Trent & Co. made a lot of people's nights, if not years, just by showing up.

I could say more, but most of you know the drill — show hasn't changed much, except for a few songs. They played "Dead Souls," "With Teeth," "Not So Pretty Now" and "Hurt" (after taking a hiatus from the latter for a couple of shows). The best thing about tonight's show was watching it from the front-of-house area — that is BY FAR the best place to get the best package: best sound, visuals, view of the crowd, etc. Much less taxing than being pushed around by the rest of the audience. Personally, the one-two punch of "Wish" and "Only" was the personal highlight — but those are two of my favorites anyway. I hope they find a way to work in "The Collector" eventually.

I guess the most interesting thing I can mention was that I was able to go backstage for a while before and after the show (I have a buddy who promotes shows regionally, so I get the occasional hook-up), which was admittedly pretty cool. Saw lots of cool stuff, met several lovely and hardworking people. TR is very short in person (duh) and looks quite a bit different than I expected. He smiles more than you might think. Talks very little. About what you'd imagine, for the most part. I saw him walking backstage with what might be the most placid-looking greyhound I've ever seen. Oh! and Josh Freese is a total cutie. It was inspiring to watch him play tonight.

I took some pictures that I think turned out very well; I was able to get quite close. If they turn out, I can post a link if anyone's interested.

Posted by: C | Feb 26, 2006 1:09:32 AM

Last bit of gossipy nonsense:

By all accounts, R0b 5heridan is a total cock.

Posted by: C | Feb 26, 2006 1:11:53 AM

C, I'm so envious that you got to see short Trent in person, and that you got to hear that, by all accounts, Rob Sheridan is a cock. Do tell us more, please? Also, thanks for not hating on "The Collector". I love that one, and I have no idea why so many people find it so hateful. Whatevs.

Jane C., welcome to WTC! I am so glad to hear that Trent and his snakey sparklepants clad tight little hips managed to make you a woman. I just want to add that tambourine, triangle, piccolo, whatever, OF COURSE he could make it hot.

Goddamn, it hurts me to miss this tour.

Posted by: Dierdre | Feb 26, 2006 4:31:56 AM

Sigh...greyhounds. They are seriously the sweetest, calmest dogs. The kind of dog who will sit on the couch and let you pet it all night.

maise going off about animals again, surprise, surprise.

Thanks for the report, C! I love it when people can give us the backstage scoop.

Posted by: maise | Feb 26, 2006 7:40:42 AM

thanks diedre. i was really close as well, due to some underhanded dealings that got us floor wristbands.

and i got josh freese's drumstick.

oh, and aaron north should have his own action figure- that man was jumping off everything within sight.throwing himself off stage, throwing off his guitar. i worry for him. and trent was on top of stop behind the drum kit and it was all jumping and lights and sounds and music and ahhhh.

that greyhound must be given some sort of drug. i know golden retrievers (the proverbial aaron norths of the dog world, without the eyeliner) who have to be sedated before the fourth of july.

Posted by: Jane C. | Feb 26, 2006 7:41:23 AM

My pics here:


Sorry about the usual concert-photo blurriness. I got pretty close, though, which kinda makes up for it.

As for other backstage info, I didn't meet Rob myself, so I can only go on what other people say. Apparently he got a beer bottle smashed in his face in Japan for mouthing off and generally being a tool — he's got a significant scar on his face to show for it, too. I got to talk to Aaron, shook Josh's hand, didn't really care about meeting Jeordie or Alessandro (sorry). All nice, polite, pleasant, etc. But I barely talked to any of them, so it's hard to get a sense of their personalities.

I wasn't formally introduced to TR; we just did the eye-contact-and-nod thing that you do when you pass someone in the hall. He struck me as a bit more scruffy and stubbly than I would have guessed. I can also testify that his ass looks incredible in jeans (I'm not above admiring a nice ass, people!). He just looked... human, I guess you could say. But no matter what anyone thinks about him as an individual, he definitely puts everything he has into making the show go off, and that's definitely worthy of respect.

I enjoy the concert and appreciate it for a different reason every time I go. I'm interested to see if they tour through the summer...

Posted by: C | Feb 26, 2006 10:27:50 AM

I have always heard that line above the hips refered to as a fuck line- as in, according to a friend, 'Those wonderful indentations that lie right between his hipbones and stomach. There's definitely a name for these, and they're called Fuck Lines. It's why jeans sit so well on a man. And it's the perfect accessory to a nice pair of abs.'
Dunno if anyone else uses the term, but whatever you call 'em, you gotta love 'em.

Posted by: Ezra | Feb 26, 2006 11:14:16 AM

Anyone denying that Trent has a hot ass is just lying. That's what I think.

Posted by: Dierdre | Feb 26, 2006 11:33:11 AM

One other trivia note:

"Hurt" was on the setlist for Lexington, but wasn't played. TR dropped it literally seconds before the band was to start the song. Hearing it the next night gave me chills.

I will be Knoxville; anyone else plan on going to that show?

Posted by: C | Feb 26, 2006 12:27:46 PM

what exactly does rob sheridan DO? i googled him for clarity and it seems he does a lot.

and those pictures are awesome, i think you were standing about five feet front and right of me. amaazing.

Posted by: Jane C. | Feb 26, 2006 5:18:26 PM

i hope that they tour through the summer. i'd feel bad for the band, cause they must be exhausted to the nth degree. BUT if they come through Omaha, ya'll are welcomed to stay at my house. i'd hope they'd come through and hit some place like this little place called Sokol. that'd be amazing, there isn't a bad seat in that aud. anyways.... awesome pictures C! i'm so jealous you got that close.


Posted by: Tori | Feb 26, 2006 5:39:21 PM

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