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Matt Good Concert: the loooong post
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I got to Iota at about 5:15, even though the show didn’t start until 9. They don’t do advance tickets, so you have to actually be there to get the Hand-Stamp of Admission. I had no idea if there would be 3 fans or 300 trying to get in, so I figured it was better to be safe (and early) than sorry! It turned out there were only a few people there at that point, although my waiter said it was actually more than they usually get at that time. Iota’s split into a café half and a bar/performing area half, which is darker, so first I sat in the café so I could read a book until it got more crowded (I’m such a dork, yes; particularly since I was re-reading Wintersmith and probably laughing out loud every now and then. Terry is so funny). I was also “that guy” (so to speak) who wore the shirt of the band to go see the band. Heh. But as I told Dave, “What better place is there to wear my hand-painted Matt Good shirt than in a club where I’ll be surrounded by Matt Good fans for the first time ever?” Y’know?

I got a couple of glasses of wine and read while I waited for Dave to get there. Around the end of Glass No. 2, people were starting to trickle in to the bar side, so I paid my tab and moved over there. There was ONE empty stool left at the bar, so I sat on it and looked around for more. There was only one left, behind a guy in a black coat who had his head propped on his hand at the back of the bar. I turned to the guy next to me and was like, “Will you watch my stool so I can go ask that guy if I can have the other one?” And he was like, “What guy? You mean him? That’s Matt Good, you know.” I looked again and was like, “SO IT IS.” (Bear in mind it was somewhat dark and also I need to upgrade my contacts again (*sigh*). I do actually know what he looks like!) Matt Good or not, though, I needed another stool for Dave, so I went on over and said "Excuse me" to him. He didn’t respond, so, feeling slightly awkward, I was like, “Um...*prod*...Matt?” He started and kind of went, “Hstfgl? Oh. I was sleeping. Yeah, sure, you can have the stool.” So then I felt terrible for waking him up, but he was cool about it. Heh.

Dave got there a little bit later, so we hung out at the bar for a bit and then I went to the restroom. On the way back (since I was walking past him) I apologized again for waking Matt up, and then we got to talking – we discussed a recent blog post he made about Arlington history, and he asked me if I lived nearby. I think that was the gist of that conversation. Then he got pulled aside to take some pictures, I think, so I figured it was a good time to do that and went and retrieved my own camera and the only CD I’d been able to locate for him to sign (WLRRR – I own them all, but they’re in NJ right now, since they’re all on my iPod now). He signed it and at some point, someone took a picture of us for me. (I talked to him at several intervals; he kept getting pulled away to sign things and stuff, but each time he was like, “We’ll talk more later,” which was nice of him.) He was so relaxed and easygoing about doing all the “fan” things like signing and photos that it made it more like everyone was just hanging out.

At some point during all of this I met Lance, one of the guys who works for/with him (not sure of his official title), and we got to talking, too. I think he took a liking to me (Note: As Dave points out, I should mention that Lance is an Older Dude in his 50s) and also said something about my shirt (I think maybe he asked where I got it) and Matt was like, “She made it” and I said (jokingly), “How did you know? I didn’t tell you that!” and he was all, “Well we don’t sell those.” So I asked him if he liked it, and he was like, “Hey, anything that means my name is plastered across a woman’s chest is cool with me!” HEE. Lance kept telling me I should come to the Buffalo show, and they’d “put me on the guest list” (I have no idea what that means - I guess maybe Buffalo’s a bigger show?) and stuff, which would have been AWESOME, if I had any money to get there. Sadly it wasn’t possible, but that was nice nonetheless.

Then Matt went to eat before the show, and the ever-patient Dave (who had been watching my stool while I flitted around being a total fangirl) and I also had some dinner. Matt came out to do a sound-check and actually played a good bit of Born Losers and some Prime Time Deliverance and stuff. That was awesome (he sounds great just warming up). Then he came down and hung out some more, and I think that’s when someone took the picture of us.

Eventually the show started. Dave and I got a spot right next to the left side of the stage. The opening act was quite good, and then Matt came on and blew us all away. He was fantastic. His voice is so amazing, and he is one of the few artists I’ve seen who manages to change the song from how it sounds on a CD and still make it sound just as awesome as the CD version (some artists just can’t do it – the CD version always sounds better). The space was fairly small so his voice really filled the place, and you could see he really puts his all into the show. He segued from song to song, stopping now and then to say hilariously funny things (I wish I could remember half of them now!). He joked with the crowd and with Lance and was generally one of the best performers I’ve ever seen. The whole set was fantastic.

Set List:

Champions of Nothing
Born Losers
Silent Army in the Trees (which I don’t yet have)
Black Helicopter
She’s in it for the Money
I’m a Window
99% of Us is Failure
Load Me Up
Strange Days (SQUEE!)


Metal Airplanes
Pledge of Allegiance
If I Was a Tidal Wave (another one I don’t have :( )

(Original set list says Generation X-Wing was supposed to be the last song, after Metal Airplanes, but I guess he changed his mind.)

It was such an intimate setting and he’s so easygoing that the only time it really felt like he was the “star” as opposed to “the awesome guy rocking the house” was when he went away and came back for the encore. Heh.

Dave and I were standing near the tech booth where Lance was, so after the show, Lance gave me the set list. (Squee!) I also asked him if they were selling any merch there, and he said no. I told him I was sad because I really wanted a Hospital Music bag to go with my shirt, and he said, “I’ll get you one.” I was like, “How?” (meaning physically, how? Like mail me one?) and he goes, “Well, I do know the guy who sings the songs.” HEE.

I wanted to stay for awhile, but it was getting late, so Dave wasn’t sure how long he wanted to stay. We sat down at the bar for a few, and then Lance came back and told us that Matt was hanging out outside (they have outdoor tables in the back) so we went back there. There was one seat left next to Matt so I sat down, and poor Dave got stuck practically in the doorway. (I’m sorry, honey!! I couldn’t turn down the seat!) Dave decided he’d go home since it was late and I wanted to stay as long as Matt was there. I had someone watch my seat and went to tell him goodbye. When I came back, Matt was like, “What, was the boyfriend giving you shit?” or something to that effect, so I said no and explained that Dave had to get up early. This of course led to, “Well what about you?” and I told him I don’t work until 9:30. He was amazed. But that’s government! Anyway I work until 6 because of it. Matt saw that I had the set list (because I was trying to figure out how to keep it from getting wrinkled in my bag) and offered to sign it, so he signed that and also a napkin I had that the hand-stamp guy has stamped an owl on. (Which I thought was cool because owls are part of my family crest.)

There were several nice fans at the table, including one who I discovered was someone I recognized from The Bored (MG forum), and we all sat around and talked about...let’s see...I remember discussing A Clockwork Orange, and possibly insomnia, and definitely guitars and equipment, and...various other things. It was all very fun, but then Lance came and had to pull Matt away so they could get to their hotel in Baltimore. *sniff* After he got up I realized he’d left his orange marker so I went to return it to him. I bid them farewell and Lance told me that they would be doing a full band tour here in, I want to say October (SQUEEEEEEEEE) and that he’d let me know about that and asked for my phone number (presumably for that reason, although the comments he made about how it was “too bad you’re dating someone” may have indicated another motive, hah). And then off they went!

I hung around for a bit afterwards at the table with the fun fans, and then finally wended my way home.

(Oh, and by the way, Matt enjoyed playing for us Arlington folks.

The show! The show!

Matt during soundcheck, playing Born Losers.


Matt chatting to the crowd and making us all laugh.

Matt singing.

Matt looking over at Lance.

Matt will sign anything you want. Although NOW I realize I really should have had him sign my iPod, seeing as the "personalized" line says, "Victory Through Sheer Volume. MGB." Dur! (Next time!)

And now, video!

The only decent video I got, from one of my favorite parts of 99% Of Us Is Failure (note: I think it might still be being "processed." I'm such a YouTube n00b.):

From one of the guys at the show, Load Me Up (including the only time Matt messed up all night, aw!):

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spectralbovine From: spectralbovine Date: March 29th, 2008 06:32 pm (UTC) (current file)
HOMG that sounds amaaaaaaaazing. At first, my comment was going to be all, "Ha, you woke Matt Good up!" And then you were talking with him ALL NIGHT! And became buddies with his roadie! Who's going to get you some merch and get you into shows and try to steal you away from Dave! That's all so awesome, wow. What a cool night!

Plus: "Suburbia"!!!
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: March 29th, 2008 06:41 pm (UTC) (current file)

Yeah, I felt SO LAME when I woke the poor guy up, particularly since he's been sick on this tour (earlier) and I am sure he was exhausted. But...it was dark! He has glasses! I couldn't tell his eyes were closed! Heh.

Well I wasn't talking with him alll night. But it was certainly more like Getting to Know a New Friend than Meeting Famous Person OMG. Hee.

Re: Lance - I tried to give him my email address, because I do much of my communication by email and I assume it would be easier to communicate with sporadically, but he was all, "Psshht, email. I don't do that." So now he has my number, but I'm wondering if he'll actually use it, and to what purpose. I mean, I have less problem emailing someone I met once than calling them, you know? I doubt he'll actually remember the Promise Of Merchandise, but who knows. Maybe I'll get a random phone call asking for my mailing address. Or maybe suddenly next October my phone is going to ring and he's going to be all, "We're in town! Come to the show!" HAH.

P.S. *AND* Strange Days. EEEEE.

jedi_dave From: jedi_dave Date: March 30th, 2008 03:11 am (UTC) (current file)
While I realize that it might decrease the impression that you are a woman-about-town player, you should probably add that Lance, while an amiable chap, is 53 years old, wears shoes with velcro fasteners, and is, based on his comments during the show, painfully desperate for companionship. However, the prospect of the free tote bag is pretty exciting.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: March 30th, 2008 04:02 am (UTC) (current file)
D'you know, for some reason I assumed that since *I* knew that, everyone else should too. Even though I never told them! Doh! Yes, yes, I should state for the record that Lance is an Older Dude.

Are you worried that my LJ pals will think I'm a player, honey? Come on, they know I'm all yours!
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: March 30th, 2008 04:10 am (UTC) (current file)
Oh yes. And I SHOULD have noted that Lance is, like, 50-something and stuff. *I* knew that, so I assumed everyone else would too, even though I have no idea how you would know without me telling you! Heh. So...yeah, I wasn't trying to give the impression that some 20-something roadie was flirting with me, there. :)
the_trump From: the_trump Date: March 29th, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC) (current file)
Cool, I know how much you're a fan of MG, so that's so awesome you got to see him and had a great time!

When I think of him I think of being 15 and angsty, haha, since I listened to his songs a lot then. Of course it's funny because he's more well known in Canada, but since you saw him down in the States it's lucky for you because it was in a smaller venue and you got to have a much more personal experience. :)
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: March 29th, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC) (current file)
Your comment about listening to him when you were 15 reminded me of something interesting - I read something recently where one fan posted that they felt his lyrics were less relevant to them now because they were older or something like that; but I don't feel that way. I mean, yes, I don't identify with the lyrics of every single song, but some of the songs are political or similarly timeless, many are still relevant emotionally no matter what age one is, and certainly his new album isn't juvenile or anything. Of course, I am also a sucker for just good music and vocals, no matter what the lyrics are. Fortunately with Matt I enjoy both ends.

I think it was also because it was an acoustic tour that we got to have The Small Show. It was so much better than if it had been A Huge Show, because we got to interact and chill. It reminded me much more of going to see my friends who had a band play (except, you know, Matt is better than they were, although they were quite good for college kids). Not that I'll complain if he comes back in October to do A Huge Show - I'll just try to use my pointy elbows to get to the front row. :)
the_trump From: the_trump Date: March 29th, 2008 07:20 pm (UTC) (current file)
Yeah, that's really interesting! I wouldn't say I think his music is somehow "juvenile" in any sense, I only had an album or two of his music, and I think for me it was just the same as I don't really listen to the Smashing Pumpkins anymore, though I did a lot then too. Sometimes music is connected to a specific phase of our lives, and sometimes it stays with us for longer. I tended to listen to him more in the "Matthew Good Band" days, and I had "Beautiful Midnight" which was a really popular album when it came out. Some of his music is a bit cynical in a way, which I think resonated with my angsty self. ;)

There are some bands who I have loved since before I was 15 and continue to love still, but I don't really think their music is any more or less "timeless" than anything else. I think it's all just about what we connect with. :)

It will be neat if you get to go to the larger show too, and then you can compare the two. :) I know of the few bands I have seen in large/small venues, the smaller always stick out in my mind as being more pleasurable experiences, but big shows can have really great energy! Once I saw the Tragically Hip (big Canadian band) in an arena tour, and I wasn't even a huge fan, but just the energy of everyone jumping and singing along in this huge space was unreal!
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: March 30th, 2008 04:12 am (UTC) (current file)
Yeah, I do enjoy the energy of a big, full-band show, but of course I wouldn't trade that for getting to hang out with Matt Good for upwards of half an hour. Hee.

His music has certainly evolved over the years. I really like his solo stuff as well as the band stuff, and the songs he's done with strings are really neat, too (that's more recent).
taro_twist From: taro_twist Date: April 11th, 2008 04:43 am (UTC) (current file)
OMG you are my hero! I can't believe you got to spend so much time with Matt *flails* And the fact that he was hanging out with everyone so casually just fills me with glee. :D

Also, that story about you waking him up is *classic* (although I think I might have shriveled up in embarrassment had I done it O_o)

LOL at Lance hitting on you, too. I exchanged like, two lines of banter with him at the NY show because I was leaning on the stage next to where the tech guys were doing ... whatever it is they do. ^-^ He seems like a really friendly guy! Hopefully he can find some, uh, age appropriate companionship soon. :D

And I really really hope the October US tour is going to happen. I want to see Matt with a full band so badly ... I was even trying to figure out if I could make it up to Canada for his upcoming tour, but alas, I think that's only slightly more feasible than me bidding on him for dinner *sniff*

Anyway, thanks for sharing this! It was great living vicariously through your awesome MG adventures. XD
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: April 11th, 2008 05:12 am (UTC) (current file)
It was a really fun time. I have to say, I used to work at a big amphitheater and I've seen 200+ shows, but this was one of The Best Ever live shows I've seen. So kudos to Matt for being such a great performer.

Oh, Lord, the random things I've accidentally had happen around celebrity-types. Add to the waking-up-Matt the time I was sitting on a bench in the big amphitheater place (the Garden State/PNC Bank Arts Center) before the gates opened, on, like, my second day, and this dude sat down next to me and asked for a pen. I gave him a pen, and he used it, thanked me, and walked off as my friend who had gotten me the job walked up. He goes, "Do you know who that was?" And I'm like, "...No?" And it turned out it was the lead singer of the band. Famous band! Sadly I can't remember which one (hey, I was 16). But it was someone along the lines of Tom Petty or something. Dur!

That job had a lot of funny moments. Another before-gates moment was when they opened the gates early as I was walking across the plaza to my work station, and these two guys come booking it through the plaza and up to me (because I'm in uniform). They're like, "How do we get backstage? There's a whole lot of people coming in!!"

It was the Barenaked Ladies. For real.

But my favorite moment ever was when I went to the National Book Festival last year. I'm part of the committee organizing a convention in honor of Terry Pratchett (UK author) and he was speaking at the festival. Before his talk, I go up to him and give him a shirt I painted for him, that advertises the convention. He goes, "And I supposed you'd like me to wear it?" hands me his bag, hat, and author badge, and takes off his shirt in the middle of the National Mall. (Terry: "If a fan came up to me now, they'd be too scared to ask me to sign anything.") THAT was priceless.

Lance was very nice. I wonder if he'll remember me if I show up to another show. I would LOVE to see Matt again with the band. I've considered Canada travel too, but budget = no go there. If he does come back, though, I may consider going to two shows, if there is one here and one in NYC or Philly again. It'd be worth it.
taro_twist From: taro_twist Date: April 12th, 2008 03:16 am (UTC) (current file)
Whoa! Your amphitheater stories are awesome. I always thought that working at some kind of concert venue would be a fantastic job because of the potential to meet artists/see a million and one shows. This only serves to further my belief. I think I picked the wrong career path. =P

but this was one of The Best Ever live shows I've seen. So kudos to Matt for being such a great performer.

Yeah, I don't think I've ever seen a show as good as Matt's either (not that I've seen anywhere near 200 shows, lol, but ;p). The amazing music + great audience connection/banter (I'd be willing to watch Matt do stand-up comedy alone!) was the perfect performance package. Definitely doing 2 shows next time he comes round these parts.

OMG and the Terry Pratchett story is hilarious! It sounds like his personality matches his writing. XD Out of all of his work, I've only read Good Omens, but I've been meaning to read the Discworld series forever. (One of my high school boyfriends was a huge fan ... instead of having conversations about his day, we'd have conversations about what was currently going on in whatever Discworld novel he happened to be reading ^-^) That's really amazing that you're helping to organize that convention, too. Yay, Terry Pratchett! :D

foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: April 12th, 2008 04:11 am (UTC) (current file)
I was lucky in that I kind of fell into that summer job as a 16 year old, and once I was old enough to serve alcohol (18 in NJ) I got to be one of the "VIP box seat waitresses" and basically sit on the rails and watch the show whenever I wasn't serving people. It was pretty awesome. I worked there for 7 summers. Sadly, it doesn't pay enough for me to support myself. Heh.

(And I have MOAR STORIES. Oh yes I do.)

I reeeeally want to get ahold of more of his "rants" from Much Music - the one I saw is hilarious. I'm loving the posted videos; I can tell already they're going to be like crack ("Did he update again? Did he?? OMG another video, squeeee!")

Oh, you should TOTALLY read some Terry. I love Neil's work, and I love Terry's, and I really liked Good Omens, but honestly I kind of prefer pure Terry or pure Neil over the mix. Just slightly. And Terry on his own is a bit different than the mix.

You can start from the beginning, or you can start from inside the series if you want (because the first book is good but not fully developed into the awesomeness that is the series quite yetl and you don't have to have read it to understand what happens). For middle books, I started with Soul Music, but other good starters are Mort, Guards, Guards!, and Small Gods.
taro_twist From: taro_twist Date: April 14th, 2008 06:25 am (UTC) (current file)
(And I have MOAR STORIES. Oh yes I do.)

I smell a best selling memoir! =P ... or if not, I'm always eager to hear more. :D

I reeeeally want to get ahold of more of his "rants" from Much Music - the one I saw is hilarious.

I'm guessing you mean the Tits and Ass one? That rant is sooo funny. X) I really wish the others were up, too ... I'm tempted to email him and see if he can put them up on the Multimedia part of his blog (if he even has them, that is ^-^).

In the meantime, I did find a couple other funny vids of him on YouTube! I don't know if you've seen these, but here are the links.

Matt Good slams The Future
Matthew Good on Politics (This one is actually about the Canadian voting process—I can't believe I watched it, lol—but it gets progressively funnier as it goes on.)

Edit: I bet you have seen those actually ... I went back to YouTube to watch the T&A rant and those were the top 2 related videos. LOL!

I'm loving the posted videos; I can tell already they're going to be like crack ("Did he update again? Did he?? OMG another video, squeeee!")

OMG they are TOTAL CRACK. I really hope he's as addicted to them as he seems to be, because I'm hooked and will be going through severe withdrawal if they stop. They make my day. =P

And Terry on his own is a bit different than the mix.

I'd been wondering that! Because Good Omens didn't sound much like Neil to me at all, so I figured the writing voice was mostly Terry's.

In any case, thanks for the pointers on where to start in Discworld! I had heard you didn't have to start from the first book, but was never sure what to begin with in its stead. :)

Edited at 2008-04-14 06:29 am (UTC)
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: April 14th, 2008 07:32 am (UTC) (current file)
Somewhere on some cd or in some folder I have a list of all the concerts I ever saw there, and that's what I'd really need to see in order to remember all the stories. But there is the Motley Crue one. And the Sugar Hill Gang. And Brenda Kahn. And Marcie Playground and Matchbox 20. See also Ozzfest. Man. Maybe I'll make a post or something.

I've seen those two vids, and they're great. Yeah, one of us should email him and ask how to get ahold of those rants. You should do it, I think I emailed him, like, twice lately. EEP.

It seems like people like different Terry books as starters, so I can't say for sure which is best, but I think the ones I named would be as good as any. :)
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