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Spiritualized at The Fillmore: Everything was beautiful

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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!

Spiritualized requested no pictures or recordings be taken at their show…so this is what we got.

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!

They’re still touring the US and will play Big Sur, LA and Coachella (which you’ll probably be able to watch live on Youtube). Check out their tour dates here.

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Patricia Colli

Patricia Colli

Patricia Colli is an artist, printmaker and music enthusiast based in San Francisco. Meet me at the mosh pit!

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