Los Angeles, CA
August 14, 2002 ... El Rey Theater
Lose Me On the Way
On the Low
Friends of a Smile
Bavarian Fruit Bread
Silver and Gold
Around My Smile
Play With Fire (Rolling Stones)
- Jason M: Stunned....I am just.....stunned. Everything they say about a Hope show is true: darkness, Hope's passivity to the audience, the HOURS of waiting, and her voice! Oh her voice! Musically the show was excellent! Hope was right on! My favorite was a new song, "Silver and Gold". Interesting guitar work! Others that stood out were "On the Low" and "Butterfly Morning". Both were awesome! I was surprised(yet not) that Hope didn't play the glokenspiel part on Suzanne. I would have loved that.
One thing that surprised me is how small Colm is. He's kind of a little guy. Hope was a little thing herself. She kind of had the expression on her face(most of the time) that she would burst into tears at any moment(or kill anyone who makes a noise). She certainly didn't like it(neither did I for that matter) when the 10,000 people who snuck their cameras in started flashing them in her face. I'm sorry but I am not a supporter of that. It is disrespectful to the artist and distracts EVERYONE. It is all about the music, man.
I really didn't enjoy the opening act. Musically I was trying to get into it. They had a nice sound on most of their songs. I really liked the first one. It was slow and kind of mellow then suddenly the lead singer made some comment about how stupid woman are and RUINED their whole impression. Not cool! Especially when the majority of the audience(not to mention Hope) are women! My new found friends I made at the show and I were ready to drag them off stage by about the third song. Incidently one of the people I met saw Hope going to her bus on her way to the show and almost hit her with her car! That would have put a damper on things, to say the least!
Well even though I had to stand for roughly six hours through the delays in line, pre-show, between acts etc. put up with the pig opening act, it was all worth it. It was a wonderful experience. Like I said, It's all about the music, man.