Posted by paulrivas on:
When Radiohead tickets went on sale at 10am a few months ago, I was able to buy one ticket, by phone. That was at about 10:20, and the guy on the other end said there were none left. I later discovered that in another part of town, my friend James Garza, kept at it and successfully bought two tickets online at 10:45. Ni modo.
When the concert date rolled around, Rivas Cultural Services was able to get my beloved Clare a last-minute free pit ticket, but due to being tired after a too-long day of work, she understandably bowed out. If I myself hadn't changed my mind 99 times about whether or not to go with my one ticket, I would have had a difficult time believing the woman I love would turn down a free pit ticket to see Radiohead right here in Santa Barbara.
The Bowl is quite a schlep for us now that we're living off Fairview as opposed to Anapamu. Not to mention less comfy now that the lawn is concrete, and more expensive every time. At Radiohead, it seemed to me that nothing remained of the old days, when I could count on there being 20 people I grew up with chatting desultorily in the pit. This time around, it was all south coast freeway dwellers. While I know there were several friends of mine in attendance, I spied none, whereas Rivas Cultural Service's star Spanish student's mom said she saw plenty of people she knew who live in L.A.
Now, great show aside - does anyone not think it was a great show? - I was so disappointed by the the band members' apparent $1000 haircuts and $600 t-shirts, I almost went out and spent a bunch of righteous indignation dollars, the kind Bill Hicks warned of. What, did the band stop at Blue Bee Donkey on the way to the Bowl? I understand that Radiohead is a top act worldwide, and I'm willing to concede that their not dressing themselves is part of the price of their achieving greatness. But if Santa Barbara hadn't been the lost stop on the North American tour, and the band hadn't been as inspired by this fact, the joke would have been on us, folks.
[Painfully honest disclosure/hypocrisy: I own two Blue Bee t-shirts, each bought for $24 at a 50% off sale.]