Last night, I received this e-mail:
Hey JM fans!
We’re excited to announce that tonight, Sunday August 9th, John Mayer will be playing a secret show at Los Angeles’s Troubadour! For the first time since getting in the studio, JM will step on stage with Steve Jordan, Pino Palladino and Ian McClagen to perform new tracks from Battle Studies. A collaboration by Jason Reeves and Jordan Lawhead of Nashville will open the show.
A limited amount of tickets will be available for $20 through the Troubadour Box Office only, today (Sunday, August 9th) at noon PST. Ticket purchasers will be given a bracelet that will allow them to get in line starting at 7pm for this general admission show. Doors will open at 8pm and the show will start at 9pm. Please note that congregating in the venue parking lot or vicinity before 7pm will not be allowed.
Absolutely no transfers will be allowed. All ticket purchasers must be present in line during the on-sale in order to be admitted entrance into the show. We will be placing wristbands on all individuals who purchase tickets (one per fan). Any tampering or damage to the wristband will result in non-admittance.
No video or audio taping allowed.
Good luck and we’ll see you tonight!
Wait Til Tomorrow (Jimi Hendrix cover)
Come When I Call
Crossroads (Eric Clapton cover)
Never Say Never
Ain’t No Sunshine (Bill Withers cover)
Turn The Lights Down Low (Bob Marley cover)
Whatcha Gonna Do About It (Small Faces cover)
Who Says I Can’t Get Stoned
California Dreamin’ (Mamas & Papas)
Who Did You Think I Was?
It seemed just like any ordinary secret gig, until I learned that he was with Steve Jordan and Pino Palladino.
NO VIDEOS, NO AUDIO TAPES – yes i understand
BUT NO PHOTOS?? FOR CRYING OUT LOUD… it’s been HOURS since the show ended.
While I’m on the subject of kind souls, I would like to share with you an experience I had in the past.
About 2 years ago, I was at this event that featured DJ Kaskade – the attendees were hardcore “party people”, the usual audience of shows like these. During the first song, I ordered a can of beer and took a few sips. After a few minutes, I decided to go outside for some fresh air because I started getting dizzy. As soon as I stepped out, cold sweat covered me and my vision became blurred. So I sat down and lowered my head, for blood to circulate properly.
After an hour (or so I think), my friend came out to check up on me and she started panicking as I was not moving, I just kept on repeating that I needed some cold air. Since we couldn’t get a hold of my driver via phone, she got worried and didn’t know what to do (Ask help from the bouncers? Talk to the organizers – someone I know? Help me stand up?) Until I heard a male voice tell her to get water and that he’ll just keep me company to make sure that I was safe. She was hesitant at first, but after seeing how sick I looked, she went inside to get me a glass. For the next few minutes, this stranger talked to me, asked me how many drinks I took (I only had the few sips from that one can), wiped the sweat from my back, rubbed my arm and assured me repeatedly that I will be ok. When my friend returned, he got the glass from her and held it as I drank from it. Since my driver was not picking up the phone, my friend decided to go to the parking lot to look for the car. I remember telling the man to not leave me alone, and, if my memory serves me right, he replied, “I really plan on staying here with you”. He continued to comfort me while he and my cousin (who went outside after my friend told him what happened) tried to figure out what caused my sudden dizziness.
Finally, after what felt like a lifetime, my stressed out friend returned and told me to try to stand up, walk a few yards to the car that was by the driveway. The man waited for me to take a few steps, and when I did, he asked if I was really ok and gave instructions to my companions. He said goodbye and whispered, “Take care of her”, then he walked away.
The next day, after showing my gratitude to my friend, we concluded that maybe my drink was spiked with something. And while we tried to recover from the shock, she revealed to me that the stranger, whose face I could not even remember (but whose voice I will recognize if ever I hear it again), stayed with us for more than an hour while the show he intended to see was happening inside the hall. We wondered, who was he? Was he for real? Did anybody get his name? How does he look like? How could we thank him for being there?
Unfortunately, I never got to know who he was.
And as I went on with my life, I would sometimes be reminded of that night, the series of events, my friend’s heroic efforts…
…and how we came face-to-face with someone who may well be my guardian angel.
Got his from Yahoo.
CANCELED/NOT RETURNING (UPDATED ON 5/21)
While I don’t care about most of them, and I do feel bad that “Pushing Daisies” and “Lipstick Jungle” ended… I don’t understand why, in the world, ABC canceled “Samantha Who?”!!!!!
April 22 at El Rey in LA (Jeff’s 2nd show). Holy sh*t!!!
I had a very busy day that I didn’t get to do my Sunday morning Musical Appreciation ritual. As I was about to get ready to accept the fact that for the first time in months, I won’t have an entry for my weekly playlist, I found a rare track thanks to the people over at the Jeff Buckley Community (JBC).
It’s Jeff’s live rendition of “Hallelujah” in 1995 at a French TV show entitled “Nulle Part Ailleurs”:
While searching for the video in YouTube, I found other performances worth mentioning (I know that it’s not a playlist technically, but I’m sure I’d put them in my iPod if only I had the audio recordings):
Artist: Jeff Buckley and band
Song: “Space Cowboy”
Song: “Push It”
Song: “Don’t Tell Me”
Artist: The Roots (Jimmy Fallon’s “Late Night” band)
Song: “What They Do”
Song": “Northern Star”
Song: “Karma Police”
Artist: PJ Harvey
Song: “This Wicked Tongue”
Artist: Red Hot Chili Peppers
Songs: “Scar Tissue” and “Around The World”
Artist: The Cure
Song: “The Last Day of Summer”
Song: “Glory Box”
Songs: “Bachelorette” and “Joga”
Song: “Drain You”
There are a lot more. I suggest that you check them out in various video search portals.