Spiritualized at The Fillmore: Everything was beautiful
Spiritualized played two nights this week at the Fillmore and yes, Everything was beautiful like their most recent album title. I can’t imagine a better venue for them in SF than The Fillmore with those cool chandeliers and disco balls. My favorite sound system in the city, grand and powerful!
They brought a crowd of respectful fans, the quiet moments were as intense as the loud, distorted ones. No one was chatting when it got quiet, and it did during several songs. It really was beautiful.
Lots of people, including myself, were still wearing masks even though the indoor mask mandate was lifted a few weeks ago. I vow for the use of masks in concerts to protect the bands and crew, at this point if you’re happy that concerts are back, bands are touring again, using a mask during the concert is a way to make sure their tour can keep on going. It’s the minimum fans can do to support their favorite artists.
A taste of Specialized Live
It was hard to keep a dry eye. The gospel backing vocals got me. The distorted, noisy guitars got me. The lyrics and the silence between words and music. It was perfect! It was an emotional performance, I cried several times.
As a long-time Spacemen 3 fan, I was used to using something to enhance my experience but I didn’t, just a couple beers. Frontman Jason Pierce is also sober after a lifetime of “Taking drugs to make music to take drugs to” he found out he had a liver disease and had to change his lifestyle. It was interesting watching their performance sober, being present and remembering everything. When music is really good, you really don’t need anything to “make it better”.
What a treat for a Tuesday night!