[Zombies] austin and houston shows
flicka_23 at yahoo.com
Sun Feb 19 12:40:13 PST 2006
at this point it should go without saying that the meat beat shows are nothing short of amazing, but i will go ahead and say it:
(the austin and houston shows we saw) were nothing short of amazing!
the austin show sold out and had a vibe so thick you could cut it with a knife!
people dancing, shouting and head nodding all around. as other reviewers have mentioned with other shows, highlights were radio babylon, genocide, nuclear bomb, helter skelter, etc. this show will remain as memorable as the first time i saw MBM in 91, which is an all time "any concert, any band" favorite.
the houston show, although arguably not as jumpin', was still fantastic. the bass seemed to be twice as powerful as the austin show, which made me wonder how people in the audience without earplugs were coping. admittedly, i removed my earplugs for one track (how often do you get to hear helter skelter on a massive system??) and after one minute my left ear started aching.
the crowd was peppered with a few head nodders and a few people actually dancing, but in the end, the audience showed their appreciation with great applause.
[my only gripe with the whole experience was at the houston show. right before meat beat took stage, one of the bouncers wasn't going to allow me re-entry for having a "high powered camera" ( i have a nikon coolpix 5700 - a far cry from what i would deem as "high powered"). after a bunch of back and forth and convincing him that i had a mediocre camera ("i promise you, my camera takes really crappy concert pictures!"), he let me in. all is forgiven now, but it really had me relieved i didn't try bringing in my fish eye lens]
all in all, a wonderful time that made me once again reaffirm my love and appreciation for meat beat manifesto's innovative music. it was worth the 7+ year wait, but i truely hope we don't have to wait another 7 to see them tour again.
here is a link to some of the pictures i took at both shows.
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