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STP's BLOG 07/21/14 "The Hold Steady - Best Show Ever!"
by STP,posted Jul 21 2014 7:07AM
Ok…I’m about to talk about a band that some of you might not have heard of, but for those in “the know”…I think you will be nodding your head in agreement as you read this.
On Friday night I went to The Hold Steady concert at the Neptune. I have jokingly said after every concert that the band that I saw put on the “greatest show I have ever seen”…however; I say this with all sincerity…their show on Friday night was the greatest show I have ever seen.
I was first introduced to the Hold Steady one late night while watching Conan (back when he was on after the Tonight Show), and they were the musical guest. They played a song off of their second record “Seperation Sunday”…the song is called “Your Little Hoodrat Friend”, and I was blown away by their energy, the songwriting, and their front man Craig Finn. He was more telling a story than singing a song, and I was hooked.
That night I went online and ordered both of their CD’s (“…Almost Killed Me” and “Seperation Sunday”)…I wanted to hear it so bad that I spent more money on the shipping (I had it sent as "next day mail") than the actual cost of the records. At the time I was un-employed (this was prior to being hired at KISW) and not being able to sleep, depressed, etc…and their music became the soundtrack to picking my spirits up. His stories were interesting, and their music, for a lack of better words, was “rocking”.
Many years ago, my wife and I were visiting my family in Brooklyn, NY, and I saw that they were playing 3 sold out shows in Brooklyn…luckily they released more tickets online and we scored a pair…that show was amazing, Craig Finn had the crowd in the palm of his hand (us included) as we all danced and sang along to our favorite songs!
I was nervous to see them as this time we wouldn’t be aided by the ultimate concert enhancer: Alcohol, and also this time we wouldn’t see them with their keyboardist, who left the band a few years ago. That being said…the minute they took the stage at the Neptune…all of these doubts instantly disappeared as they started off with “Positive Jam” from their debut CD, and then powered through a “greatest hits” type set… the highlight (too many to actually name) was when they played my 2 favorite songs back to back: “Stay Positive” & “Your Little Hoodrat Friend”.
They also played “Massive Nights”, and my wife observed that during that song, as well as a few others, it was the first time she has ever heard me sing along with a band…hell yeah I was singing…we all were!
Here are some pix I took while there….
They have a great new CD out called “Teeth Dreams”, and you can get more info on the band HERE.