Saturday, January 1, 2011

365 Project - Day 1 - "Gogol Bordello"



January 01, 2011 - "Gogol Bordello"

New Year's Day.

New York City.

Staying at the Chelsea Hotel, again. Check-in... then head over to the Garage Flea on 25th street. Buy a 1950s 35mm Argus C3 "Brick" Rangefinder camera in great condition. Vendor had it marked $22. I was going to offer $20 but before I could get the words out he said "I'd do $18". Sold.

Lunch at a great little deli before heading back to the Chelsea for a bit. Subway down to 14th Street... then head over to Alphabet City. Many (many) drinks at Sidewalk Café on Avenue A.

Catch a cab across from Tompkins Square. As I go to get in the cab a group of kids throw a snowball at the back of my head and scream "FAGGOT". I turn and start to go after them, but Holly makes me stop and get in the car.

Taxi up to Terminal 5 - where I get my crotch groped at the door as part of the pat-down.

No band playing when we get in. We've missed the very first band... but arrive in time to see Man Man. Layout at Terminal 5 absolutely sucks. Crowded... next to impossible to see. We head upstairs hoping for a better view - but no. You can't see... and are forced to watch the show on a blurry flat-screen hanging from the ceiling. Man Man plays an OK set. Gogol Bordello comes on... but we can't see a damn thing. There's no way I paid $40 to watch one of my favorite bands on a crappy TV!

Head downstairs and work my way through the crowd until I'm fairly close to the stage, but just outside of pit-range.

Gogol Bordello. Gypsy Punk.

The setlist?

1. Tribal Connection
2. Not a Crime
3. Wonderlust King
4. My Companjera
5. Last One Goes the Hope
6. Trans-Continental Hustle
7. Immigraniada
8. Break the Spell
9. Raise the Knowledge
10. When Universes Collide

Encore:

11. American Wedding
12. Untitled
13. Pala Tute
14. Start Wearing Purple
15. Break the Spell (Reprise)

Encore #2:

16. Sun Is On My Side
17. (Ghost) Riders in the Sky
18. Mishto!
19. Sacred Darling

Encore #3:

20. Alcohol


Awesome concert. Awesome New Year's Day.

Leave Terminal 5... it's already Sunday morning. Long journey back to the Chelsea... but first a break for some food.

(Life is good!)

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