Edited to add rockin photo of GLP by Kim. Please scroll down to see.
Who would have believed that this mild-mannered looking chap could have been capable of such rockin' greatness?
(Photo by Denise Siegel)
I should know better than to assume.
M & I went to the Largo last night. I'm no expert, but I think this is the best place to see/hear live music in L.A. It's a small little Irish pub turned supper club with a teeny stage in the corner and when there is a show on, the audience is so quiet, you could hear a pin drop. When the musicians on said stage aren't rockin out, that is. Everyone is there so soak in the music, no silly networking, chit-chatting, hookin' up. Just intense absorption of really good music. From the musicians' hearts to yours.
Anyways, I was under the assumption that Grant Lee Phillips was going to serve us up with a pleasant evening of quiet little accoustic tunes on his guitar. I have no idea where I got this idea from since the first and previous time we saw him perform, he rocked it pretty hard then too. But in a larger (cough: 200 seat theatre?) venue and with a full band, and with Aimee Mann to back him up no less.
(Photo by: Kim Lofgren)
I wish I could have seen his hands at the guitar (I was sitting behind a few folks) while at work on some screamin solos. Dear God!
After the show, he wandered towards where we sat squinting at me. Surprised, I pretended to squint back. I dunno, what are you supposed to do? I knew who he was, but he didn't know who I was, but seemed to think that he did. He wandered away without a word but was back a few seconds later with one of the Largo staff who guided him towards us (he was still squinting) who said: Here he, is! Ned, I want you to meet...oh wait, you're not Ned! Sorry about that. And then whisked him off (probably still squinting) to meet with Ned. Might have been nice to have at least shook the man's hand. Thank him for a rockin' show.
Anyways, I am still trying to figure out how I could have been so foolish to assume mellow-only from this dude. And I've never even watched him on Gilmore Girls. And M is still trying to figure out how this bespeckled fellow that we saw at Aimee Mann's Xmas Show could be the same rocker we were entranced by last night.