Here are some quick thoughts on seeing Ted Leo. These are random and in the order they popped into my head:
- All Ages shows make me feel really old. Everyone in the front row appeared to be in their teens.
- One of the girls in the front row had an awesome t-shirt with a Bomb Pop on it. I want one of those right now.
- Another guy in the front row looked a lot like a Beach Boy circa 1964. Maybe Carl or Dennis.
- I am sad that the guy working the door kept my ticket stub. I like to keep them as souvenirs.
- Standing at the side of the stage offers a terrific view, but poor sound quality.
- As a result of #5, my usual hand-written setlist is essentially useless. It didn’t get much more detailed than “Where Have All the Rude Boys Gone?”, “Bottled in Cork”, and “Even Heroes Have to Die”. Most everything else was “loud, fast song with muffled words”.
- Ted Leo should be commended for selling his CDs at the merch table for only $10.
- I like the song “Walking to Do” a lot less now that I know it’s about striving for social change. I always thought it was about going for a walk.
- I’ve yet to find a Ted Leo studio album that manages to capture the fun and excitement of the Ted Leo live experience.
- Ted Leo plays cool covers. He played “Fisherman’s Blues” by the Waterboys and “Dancing in the Dark” by Bruce Springsteen (see below). It was fun trying to place the first one. It took me about three minutes to figure out what I was hearing.
- If I could be any musician for a night, I think I’d like to be the drummer with the big beard. I know he’s got a name, but I have no idea what it is. Anyway, he kicks ass and appears to have a lot of fun up there.
- Skipping opening acts is a good thing. We showed up about three minutes before Ted Leo & the Pharmacists took the stage.
- Beer fell from the sky towards the end of the show and landed about a foot to my right.
- Momos are delicious.
- This counts as a “concert review”.
- That is all.