Music - Raconteurs Broken Boy Soldiers
The Raconteurs at The Wiltern July 20th 2006
I arrived at The Wiltern by 8:30pm, in time to find someone to buy my extra ticket. Actually there was a lot of people with extra tickets. However, I know one of the scalpers and I pleaded with him to buy my ticket for face value. I reminded him of all the times my boyfriend (at the time) and I bought tickets from him and then I made him feel that he was indeed a “scalper”. He gave in and gave me $45 bucks and even gave me a pit pass….. and his card. I still fucking hate scalpers. If it wasn’t for them then we wouldn’t have to go through the trouble of finding tickets in the first place.
I ran into my friend, Daniel and his friend so we all went in together. They had VIP passes and I had the pit so we didn’t see each other until after the show once we went inside. I don’t really drink anymore so I didn’t partake in that activity with them. Plus I didn’t want to miss the beautiful and amazing Jonneine Zapata.
Jonneine and Jeff Mendel took the stage and impressed everyone who was there to listen. Check her video out on youtube.com (post coming...)she did some songs I haven’t heard before then she ended in her “hit” called Lucky Girl. I swear I get chills every time I hear this song, and live is just fucking brilliant. She writes from the heart, her sultry voice reels you in and her sexy persona is like a train wreck, you can’t take your eyes off of her. She knows she’s hot and that’s ok. She didn’t do my other favorite song called “whore”, maybe she wanted to tone it down a bit (?) although her opening song was about cum.
The second band was a shock because I didn’t know that I would have to stand through one more before The Raconteurs came on. It was Kelly Stoltz from San Francisco. They were good but I just wasn’t into it. I wanted to see what I came to see and go to bed. He did make a Lenord Cohen reference about his speaking voice though.
Finally Jack and Brendan took the stage. I wish I wrote down the songs because I can’t remember shit. They did only a few of their songs including Steady as she goes for the first four or five songs then they were done and came back out and did three for the encore. I absolutely love this band live. Sure I was so ready to go after the second song but that was because I was so exhausted to begin with.
I love the way Jack pulls together his bluesy influence along with Brendans poppy way about him. It just all works, ya know. Together Brendan and Jack make the band sound truly unique. Sure there is a bit of Led Zeppelin in there but everyone likes the Zepp!
I really love the following songs: Level, Hands, Intimate Secretary and of course Blue Vains. They did them all. The songs that I barely recognized were b-sides that I didn’t end up listening to all that much. The songs I don’t care for are “yellow sun" and "call it a day”. The covers that they did were a big surprise. A lot of people didn’t know the “Bang, Bang (my baby shot me)” song. I had a feeling it was Cher and after looking it up on the net today, I was correct. Although Nancy Sinatra also covered it for the Kill Bill s/t. You may not know that I’m a closet Cher fan.
The other cover they did was a Bowie song called “It Ain’t Easy”. I knew the words but honestly forgot who did it originally. It was a fantastic show and I’m really glad that I didn’t leave after the second song. They all took a bow together and left the stage.
The traffic was so bad on the way home! The 5 pretty much always sucks but for some reason they pick midnight to close down 3 lanes of traffic to do roadwork on the freeways! There was what looked like a really bad accident on the 405 also, though it was on the opposite side of the freeway, traffic was bad on my side to. I got home at 1:15 or so. Needless to say I’m really super exhausted today. I’m so glad that I don’t have any plans for the weekend.
I'm getting this second wind right now, it feels freakin' weird.
I know i'm going to crash hard tonight!