There are two tickets to see Butch Walker in Atlanta sitting on my desk. The show is happening as we speak. Obviously, I will not be attending.
Sometimes plans just don't work out. I'm not even sure if disappointment is the word anymore. I expect things to fuck up, to go wrong. It is more of a surprise when they actually go according to plan.
The worst part is that I'm not even really that bummed. Missing a chance to see the guy who inspired my passion for music in an intimate setting on the eve of his new record being released, and I am hardly even upset. I'm just so fucking used to this sort of thing. It is standard. One more event on the list of things to make up for, some day, some how.
I am surrounded by people who disappoint me, and by people who do not care. I am surrounded by people I feel nothing for. I am surrounded by people who have nothing to offer me. This town might as well be empty. I'm pretty sure it is.
something dies as you grow older
but you do the best you can
This might have been the best concert I have ever seen. There are a few others that could possibly compete for that spot, but this night was something truly special.
Butch Walker's "One Man Band" Tour played exclusively in Atlanta for two nights, and I had the privilege to be there for the opening show. Center Stage is one of the best spots in the city to see a show. There is not a bad seat in the house, and the sound was spot on. Anyways, the show...
After much anticipation and only one opener, Butch took the stage. He started out with some new songs which most of us knew as they have been floating around the internet for some time. Of the dozen or so Butch shows I've been to, I'm not sure if I've ever seen an audience this receptive. He always gets a huge welcome home in Atlanta but this was above and beyond what even I am used to. Maybe it was because he hasn't played here in awhile. Maybe it was because it was his first show here since he lost everything in the fire. Some parts reminded me of being at a Dashboard Confessional show, with every single person in the audience singing along, our voices blending with his. The crowd was passionate, but never overpowering.
The highlight of the evening for me had to be Butch finally playing "Grant Park." He was fooling around on piano for awhile, and then started to pull people up from the audience and giving them instruments like a tambourine, a maraca, a keyboard, and one kid even got to play drums. Butch gave them a beat to play, and then went into Grant Park with them playing along. My head exploded at this point, my friend and I looked at each other, screamed, and started to sing along. I had been waiting 7 years to hear this song again and it did not disappoint. The crowd was explosive at this point, but the fun had only just begun.
Butch then transitioned into "Stateline," which has become a new crowd favorite since he began playing it regularly last year. Halfway through the song, some people walked out on stage and picked up instruments. The Let's Go Out Tonite's! So much for this being a one man band show. Butch's band came out and backed him up for the rest of the song, and for most of the rest of the show. This was pretty rad considering were were expecting nothing more than a chill performance from Butch himself.
Butch played some songs, new and old, with The Let's Go Out Tonite's, and then they left the stage. He started Cigarette Lighter Love Song, and then there was more activity on the darkened stage.
The Marvelous 3. The Marvelous 3 are back on stage. The Marvelous 3 are playing Cigarette Lighter Love Song. Oh my God.
Jayce and Slug came out and tore through CLLS, and then went into Indie Queen, an old Marvelous 3 song. These guys still have the magic. These guys still have the chemistry that made me fall in love with their songs nearly a decade ago. Slug totally killed it on the drums, and Jayce was singing along with almost every word in Indie Queen. With a few kind words and a hug, they left. It is always a dream come true when I see those guys play together, and I can only hope one day they give it a proper goodbye.
Butch closed out the night with "Best Thing You Never Had" going into an enormous version of "When Canyons Ruled The City" with the house lights up, Butch perched over the edge of the stage directing the audience, and the entire crowd singing along.
It was a night full of surprises, and when I think to my spoiled self that there's no way Butch could possibly top the previous shows he has put on, he does. Incredible performance. If you ever have a chance to see him play, do it.
If you get to experience even a fraction of what I did, there is no way you could leave disappointed.
Ships in a Bottle
A Song for the Metalheads
Diary of a San Fernando Sexx Star
Past Your Place
Here Comes The...
#1 Summer Jam
Taste of Red
3 Kids in Brooklyn
Maybe Its Just Me
Only Love Can Break Your Heart
Race Cars and Goth Rock
Cigarette Lighter Love Song
Best Thing You Never Had
When Canyons Ruled the City