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3 restores my faith in Prog Metal - Elf M. Sternberg
3 restores my faith in Prog Metal
As a general rule, opening acts suck. I can't remember who opened for Heart the one time I saw them in concert, I don't think anyone even dared trying to open for Pink Floyd, the opening acts for Blue Oyster Cult the two times I've seen them were local "hard rock" bands that were not worth recalling. I mean, there seems to be a rule that opening acts must suck: the opening act for Jethro Tull was Saga, for Set's sake, and they sucked live.

Three has restored my faith in both opening acts and progressive metal. They rocked. A mostly classic fivesome: lead singer/guitar, second guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards. Except the guy on keyboards also had a second, smaller drumset pressed up against the main drumset. The second guitar owned a classic axe and I thought he was pretty good. And then the lead singer/guitarist pulled out his own guitar and proceeded to do the impossible: play slap-fret heavy metal. I was so blown away by his skill, there was such visceral admiration for it from the audience.

And then the drummer got a solo, and he was quite good as a soloist until the keyboardist grabbed a pair of sticks and both of them started soloing in tandem on his mini set. They played against each other the way jazz musicians play against one another. Until they started hitting each other's instruments and things got even cooler-- to the point where one of them squelched a high hat with his mouth.

The audience went completely nuts. I bought the CD. Their studio work is solid, but it really lacks the astounding energy and sheer bravura that Three put out on stage. They broke the rules: they were an opening act that was as good as the act that followed. Porcupine Tree had to work, and work hard, to pull the audience up to the level of frenzied admiration that Three had aroused. Fortunately, they succeeded.

Aw, frack. My ipod's headphone jack is borken. I've lost all sound in the right ear. This is not good. I just had the car's brakes done and paid for the Pendorwright server, and I'm broke for at least the next two months.

Current Mood: happy happy
Current Music: 3, Alien Angel

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nbarnes From: nbarnes Date: May 10th, 2007 08:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Venus Hum opening for Blue Man Group was pretty much 110% awesome. I, too, am usually terrified of opening acts, but that one netted me a new group to be a fan of.
creepingcrud From: creepingcrud Date: May 10th, 2007 12:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've tended to have fair luck with opening acts, except those opening for They Might Be Giants, who tend to be atrociously awful (less so in recent years).

I'm listening to a few 3 tracks on PureVolume (which seems to be a poor band's myspace, albeit somewhat less annoying to navigate), and they seem pleasant enough. Their song construction makes me wonder if they've played jazz, which can't help but be a good thing for a band playing in a genre whose adherents tend not to have influences outside of it, to their detriment. I can't help wondering what on Earth would possess a band to revive the band name Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer used in their abortive trio with Robert Berry, though, especially when there are not actually only three of them.
woggie From: woggie Date: May 10th, 2007 11:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Do you want new headphones?

Where should I send them?
elfs From: elfs Date: May 11th, 2007 05:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for the kind offer, but I've got plenty of headphones. It's the headphone jack, the hole into which you put the headphones, that's broken. It's a $20 part and I've already ordered one.
woggie From: woggie Date: May 12th, 2007 12:30 am (UTC) (Link)
All that remains is the m4d ski11z to insert said part, which you have, of course.

Me, I'd have to run ask clemtaur for the use of his m4d sk1llz. :)
elfs From: elfs Date: May 13th, 2007 04:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Actually, what I've got is the iPod Headphone and Hold Switch Tutorial and a pair a reading glasses.
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 11th, 2007 07:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

Well, you do get one now and then...

Heard this on NPR a little while back...

Ronnie Spector, lead musician of the Ronettes, mentioned that in 1963, while the Ronettes were a number-one band in America and the UK at the time, their UK tour had a opening act that was a band that had had just one album released at the time... a little band named 'The Rolling Stones'.

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