September 7, 2002 ... AB Club
(Late Show: followed Guided By Voices show in Main Hall...GBV ticket good for Hope show)
On the Low
- Jimmy Vinck: In my humble opinion the Bavarian fruit album is one best albums I've heard
in years. So I was very curious to hear and see it performed live as it is overall a
very quiet album.
The AB club is a very small venue. It only has place for 250 to 300 people. The stage is about 60 cm high so the audience is very close to the band. Ideal for intimate concerts. I must say the concert was really great . The songs were performed beautifully. The new songs and the covers sounded great too.
I think the audience was also ok ,except for this one guy who shouted "fade into you" a few times. A positive point however was maybe this guy that offered Hope a small box of Belgian chocolates. As I was standing on the second row close to Hope I could clearly see she was charmed by this little present.
After the concert I was very surprised and honoured to be invited backstage. (They do this sometimes they said. ) Together with about 5 other fans we spend approximately an hour with Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions. It really was a great experience. There was a very nice atmosphere. The band seams to enjoy themselves on tour. Hope was very sweet, charming and talked a lot. I can't say she was shy. No real secrets were revealed however. After the tour she goes back to Scandinavia to finish the new Mazzy Star album probably followed by a tour. Very interesting is that there are still plans to release the "Goin' Home" tapes. (Hope's pre Opal/Mazzy Star band)
My special thanks goes out to Nicole (who is actually Hope's niece) for inviting me backstage. I'll cherish my "rare Mazzy Star T-shirt" for the rest of my live.