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    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2005
    I ended up going to see Nine Inch Nails Friday night in San Diego, the first gig of this leg of the tour, and it was a totally fucking great performance, very intense, the new stage setup is really cool (not as cool as it was for the Fragility tours but still very cool), and I was second row in the pit, front and centre. Just one person between me and the barricade before the stage. So I had a very nice up-close view of Trent Reznor. He seemed to be really enjoying the show too, which was cool. Energy was really high. The crowd was nuts but I managed to keep my spot.

    All was great until about... somewhere between an hour and an hour and a half into the show. The band performed "Gave Up" and the drumming was off. This mesh screen at the front of the stage came down and the beginning sounds of "Eraser" could be heard. I was going crazy with excitement. I've never heard that song live (I'd seen NIN thrice before). These images of cells, bacteria, and the like were projected onto the screen. Then the sound went out and everyone on stage moved to the back. There was some commotion. A few seconds later the video projection stopped. About a minute later, Trent came back out and announced there was a medical emergency and he would let everyone know what was up in a few minutes. A good number of people around me were being hauled out of the crowd at this point, about ready to pass out, but I knew that wasn't what Trent was referring to. A few minutes later he came back out, announced "here's what's happening, no bullshit," and told us that after "Gave Up," Jerome Dillon (the drummer) ran over to Trent and told him that his heart was pounding and he was having chest pains. He told us an EMT was looking at Jerome then, but I knew there was no way the concert was going to continue after that. Even if the pain went away and his heart stopped beating abnormally hard, going right back into the situation that occurred in would certainly not be advisable.

    Trent left the stage again and a few minutes later this guy came out and announced that the show had to be canceled but that a make-up show would occur on the 20th of November and the ticket stubs for this show would be honoured then. I heard on the radio on the way back up to L.A. that this guy was a manager (I don't know if it was Trent's new overall manager or the tour manager). The crowd took it surprisingly well.

    As people were dispersing, security and roadies were handing out water bottles, and I managed to get one that was being passed around. After taking a few sips, this guy near me asked if he could have some. The guy was shaking, so much that it was difficult for him to drink the water. He ended up having an asthma attack. A friend of mine, a friend of his, some of the event staff, and I ended up hanging around to make sure he was okay until someone came over with a wheelchair to get him out of there.

    Overall, quite the bit of madness. It seriously was an amazing show up until it had to be canceled. Seriously, I could hardly believe how great it was going, how good my spot was. Fucking crazy! Some people posted what they saw of the setlist elsewhere on the Internet. Looks like there was an unreleased song that was going to be played.

    I just read on nin.com that Jerome's doing okay and the tour's going ahead now (the show the day after San Diego was canceled, apparently).

    Just thought I would share all that. Woo! How's everyone?
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2005
    Holy Crap! That's crazy. At least Jerome is feeling better. You going to the show in November?

    I think most people are more understanding of a cancelled show when it's clear that there's a medical emergency or something like that. It's when jackass primadonna bands cancel shows without explanation (i.e. because they don't feel like it) at the time of the show... that's when people start getting really pissed...

    Anyway, I'm doing well. Busy at work, as we still haven't filled some open positions.

    I played football again this week. Fun, as usual, but I'm going to be sore again. Probably not as bad as last week, but still. I played well. I threw the game winning interception! (heheh, that's actually bad, but I also threw a touchdown or two, and made a few receptions, etc...) Kinda surpised myself in playing quarterback. It's not something I normally do, but I did really well (interception notwithstanding).

    Let's see, what else? My new roommate gave me NHL 2006 for my birthday, so I have a feeling I'm going to be playing that pretty much non-stop for... oh, the next few months.

    I've also started watching an anime series: Haibane Renmai. It's pretty good so far, but it's 4 DVDs long and I've only watched 1. I've always been mildly interested in Anime, and I've seen many Anime movies, but I've never really gotten into the series. Part of that, I think, is that I never really knew what to watch. I've been reading a few blogs lately that focus on Anime, and they recommended Haibane Renmai, in part because you could order all 4 DVDs for under $30. I think the next series I go after will be Serial Experiments Lain, but who knows?

    Anyway, yeah, things going well, I'm going to be sore tomorrow, and I have a feeling that NHL 06 is going to eat my soul the way NHL 04 did a few years ago (gosh, has it really been that long?)

    • CommentTimeSep 24th 2005
    Yeah, I'll definitely be at the show in November.

    Football's fun. To play at least. I can hardly just stand watching it.

    What's Haibane Renmai about? My interest/experience with anime sounds about equivalent to yours. I've seen Serial Experiments Lain and would highly recommend checking it out when you get the chance. I absolutely love it.

    My soul's been being eaten by a game lately too. Dungeon Siege 2. It's very similar to Diablo 2, but nicer looking and with a lot of improvements. Very addicting for the moment.
    • CommentTimeSep 26th 2005
    Football is fun to play, and at this point, I'm not even that sore the day after! I've never been a big fan of watching it, but playing (and winning) fantasy football makes it more interesting...

    Haibane Renmai 's about a young girl who wakes up in a cocoon of sorts, breaks through it, and then grows some wings (sort of like an angel - they get halos too). She's become a Haibane. There's a few of them, and there are certain rules they have to follow. For one, they're not allowed to leave town (I'm not sure if anyone is allowed to leave town). There are some other rules, but no one really knows what their purpose is &c. It's interesting so far, but I'm not that far into it. As I understand it, it's very character based.

    Serial Experiments Lain definitely seems like my next anime purchase, whenever that may be:P