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So I'm reading Neon Angel right now, and Cherie describes her first rock concert ever, which also happened to be her first time seeing David Bowie live. I think many of you will understand why I was able to relate to it so much :)

I watched this impossibly thin, pale, alien prince singing to me. Not on vinyl, but right there... right in front of my face, this beautiful, hypnotic, strange man was singing to me, and although I could not quite put it into words, I instinctively knew that what I was experiencing was something religious, something profound. The crowd seemed to move as one being, pushing towards the front, a tidal wave of teenage energy, and although I had heard the words coming out of David's mouth a million times, it felt as if I were hearing the words for the first time, each line reaching across the massive amphitheater and falling around me like a meteor shower.

The heat and the frustration, the alienation and the loneliness, the lust and the anxiety and the joy that seemed like it had been building inside of me for years were suddenly unbearable, like the pressure was too much and I felt like a bomb primed to explode, and only David Bowie knew how I felt. His words explained what was deep down inside of me better than I ever could.

To be honest, the "religious experience" aspect of this reminds me more of the second time I saw Hyde live, so this could fit him as well, for me. But the description just reminds me so much of Bill, and the second part reminds me so much of Humanoid and seeing them in Spain. Happy Anniversary, Durch Den Monsun <333 And hey, beautiful ♥_♥

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Knowing the book allegedly inspired Stich...

Date: 2012-08-15 10:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] volare.livejournal.com
I've always said my religion is the church of music...
there have been so many shows where everything was caught up just like that in one single moment, that could make my bitter little atheist heart believe, just then, that some kind of spirit truly is in the music. I think Marc Cohn alluded to the same feeling with the couplet from "Walking in Memphis":

"She said "tell me, are you a Christian, child?"
And I said, "Ma'am I am tonight!"

U2, 2005. Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For.
The lights over Boston Garden went blue, one by one the band stopped playing, and every single one of us was singing back to them. Still makes my hair stand up, that shiver down the spine.

Moments like that at so many other shows... AFI, Blaqk Audio, James, The Tea Party, Lostprophets... there's nothing else in the world like it. Probably why I start going insane when I haven't been to a live show for awhile.

Re: Knowing the book allegedly inspired Stich...

Date: 2012-08-15 11:23 pm (UTC)
ext_52: (F&G // Music appreciation)
From: [identity profile] 4am-secret.livejournal.com
I totally relate. It was interesting, because the Hyde concert I mentioned actually had a lot of religious themes - the album he was touring for was called Jesus Christ, and it was loaded with a lot of religious cynicism, but he did tons of research and found that he greatly admired Jesus as a person, regardless of religion, so there's a bit of that in there as well, cynicism towards the hypocrisy of the world at large, you know? Anyway, there was one song I remember so clearly. I had people pressing against me at all sides, it was my first time ever being in a pit like that, that was filled with so much passion and heat. I felt like I could faint at any moment, and he was performing this song (http://youtu.be/RSiW-A_g7fY) (ignore the video, it's the only one I can find with the song, lol, but here are the lyrics (http://www.lyrics007.com/Hyde%20Lyrics/Perfect%20Moment%20Lyrics.html)). It felt like some sort of out of body experience. I will never, ever forget it. And yeah, I feel the same way when I go too long without a show :/

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Are you still living there
Walking the streets with your hollow stare
You say there's loneliness everywhere
So we have nothing to lose
The music plays all day long
And sorrow looks beautiful
And lovers seem mystical
Tomorrow a new point of view
These bright lights will bend to make blue
Now this can all look new to you