Just got back from seeing Jason and the Scorchers and, as unpleasant as last week's Uptown Mix was (see 4 July entry), this was off-the-charts incredible. The weather was milder, for one thing, and I stood near the front, where people wanted to hear the music. And these folks, like me, knew every word to every song (but only sang when Jason commanded).
The Scorchers are simply a joy to see -- whenever I hear them I'm amazed at their energy and power. Then I wear the stupidest smile for the next three days. Yes, there is a nostalgia factor -- their music conjures up many happy times, particularly 1985 -- but they are a great live band, just as they were 20 years ago.
They played just 45 minutes, but they barreled through their greatest hits, their strong newer stuff, and everyone was blown away. The group has side projects now, the line-up has changed, and their heyday is, let's face it, probably past. But verily they doth rock.
After seeing them, I have but one thought: Follow them around the country on this summer mini-tour, to such glamorous locales as Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Lincoln, Nebraska. Oh, it is frightening how much I actually considered it. But I really can't do that. I'll just have tonight: $5 for the best show you'll see anywhere, and I walked there from work -- you could see the building in the near distance behind the stage. How cool is that? Pretty cool, my friends, pretty cool. You won't see that in Green Bay.