29 December, 2007

A Ridiculous Situation

Alanis Morissette, who is one of my favorite musicians, will be touring the U.S. this spring. One stop is in the Bay Area, which is rather close to where I live, on March 12th, which is my birthday.

However, on said tour, she is opening for Matchbox 20, which I consider to be one of the worst musical groups of all time. I cannot stand them. I believe they are dull, wholly uninspiring, and somewhat irritating. Hearing the opening chords of any of their songs makes me want to do two things in a very specific order: Cry, and then punch out my eardrums with the nearest sharp object that will fit into the human ear canal. I know some would say the same about Alanis, but at least she didn't record that annoying song with Santana (the one that has been overplayed about 100 million times since its release. In fact, I heard it yesterday while I was out to lunch, and all I could think was, "God, this song makes me livid, simply because it is so bad").

This makes me absolutely bummed. I really don't want to pay through the nose just to see her opening set, but she's quite a performer, and I've never been disappointed by her shows in the past. Does my unwillingness to throw down money for this make any sense? Has anyone else been in a similar situation?


levinzky said...

I love Ray Charles. Always have.... A few years back, he came to Universal for a show, but was 'opening' for Willie Nelson.....of whom I had NO interest is seeing.

I went anyway - and it turns out, I actually grew a huge appreciation for old Willie. He was quite impressive live.... and Ray kicked ass.... I got to see him live twice before he died.

What might help is just evaluating the time/expense/experience ratio of not going-compared to-actually going. Also, could you handle sitting in a crowd full of fans of a band that you despise?

I suppose if I had the opportunity to go see the Black Keyes but they opened for Britney Spears.... there's no way in hell I would go.

this post probably doesn't help at all....sorry - good luck.

Anonymous said...

If it is just a matter of money, then I think you should go. Money is just that. . . it comes and goes. Experience? Well, experience is forever. Just leave after Alanis and count your blessings (non monetary) that you were able to enjoy her.

Anonymous said...

P.S. Also, birthdays are special occasions. Special enough to afford whatever makes your heart thump.