So this post is all about old recordings of live concerts — for free!
You all know Midnight Oil is my all-time favorite band. Hands down. Their separation is 2003 killed me. I got to see one of their final concerts. With the demise of the band we get a bit of a win-fall. Bootlegs! Not illegal copies of studio releases; recordings of concerts. They are usually considered illegal for trading, but last week one of the members of the Powderworks group (the unofficial fan base for the band) contacted the old MO office and got permission from their manager, Gary Morris, for us to trade concert recordings. Yay!!! He said that as long as it stayed within our group it was okay. And no money is to ever change hands. That’s what’s so cool about them. They know that our little group stood by them through every endeavor, and that our love for their music and philosophies goes beyond simple collecting. I personally own about 15-20 concerts on cassette tape and digital formats, but there are some who have way over 100. Already the trading has begun on the list. We’ll see if any of the gems I’m interested in gets offered. :o)
Also this week, I’ve discovered a website called Wolfgang’s Vault. They have a ton of recorded concerts from last month all the way back to the 60s — all for your free listening pleasure! You do have to sign up, but I haven’t received any spam from them yet. They’re adding new shows every week, so hopefully some of the other obscure bands I listen to will get a bump. If you go over there, make sure you check out this concert by U2 at Boston’s Orpheum in 1983. The performance of October is haunting. [wow. I just realized how bad of a pun that was. REALLY not intentional!]
Lastly, since I can’t seem to find any concert footage of the late, great FSF, I’m embedding this video from youtube. So here it is, The Sound by Further Seems Forever.
This isn’t exactly a live show, but I remember the call for audience members when the video for The Sound was shot. Back then Jason Gleason was the vocalist. He took the place of Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional fame. But where Jason went, nobody knows. Not even the band. Seriously. One day he didn’t show up for practice. The band tried calling to make sure he was okay. Then they went to his apartment — nobody there. After a couple of weeks MIA his manager calls up and tells them to stop looking for him and to sever all ties. So odd. IMO he had the best voice of any rock artist at the time. I know I would drive a 1000 miles just to hear him belt out Pagan Poetry again! Of course, I’d also drive a 1000 miles to watch a reunion show of original members Chad, Steve, Nick, and Josh. I played this great game with them over pizza one night called “Kill Yourself”. Maybe I’ll tell you about it someday…