Still Go Barefoot wrote:
You forgot to mention that the Orpheum is a shithole and the Wang's a nice venue.
Orpheum may be a shithole in comparison, but a nice shithole and very nostalgic. The staff is quite friendly and not so uptight (except for that guy that booted me at an Allmans show in 78 or 9). Wang is definitely upscale, more than necessary. My standards aren't too high though. I'd take your barn over most of these. You really like House of Blues? Now there's the definition of a firetrap...yikes. Maybe you kissed and made up with them since last year?
No, I hate the HOB, too. They suck. I haven't made up with them - the manager's nuts are still sore from me kicking them when he told me to get to the back of the line after we stood in line ALL DAY and were there first there. I still think they suck donkeys. But I LOVE that it's so small. Do you remember that it was called 59 Landsdowne during the disco era? Too bad The Rat's no longer open!!! Now, that
would be awesome!!!!!
I like the Orpheum for the nostalgia, too, but jeeze louise - spend a couple of bucks to keep the place up just a bit. My feet were almost stuck to the floor when I saw Elvis Costello.
I do like the little alley way that leads up to the place, too. Good memories of a lot of great shows...
I like the Wang because it's comfortable and the acoustics are really nice.
I have a funny story about The Wang. I went to all 3 shows there a couple of years ago and I stayed at a hotel near the venue (with friends from out of town). So, we walk into the hotel lobby and the place is crawling with Clingons! Absolutely packed! They were hosting a National Star Trek convention and my friends and I were stuck in the middle of it. We couldn't get away from it - it was awful. Everytime the elevator door opened we were trampled by people dressed up as Star Trek characters. It was like living in a Fellini movie! We were even in the elevator with the guy who's Leonard Nimoy's manager. Nimoy grew up in Boston and was the keynote speaker. Anyway, he took one look at us and knew we weren't boarding The Enterprise with the rest of the lunatics. We told him we were going to see BD and he said he was a neighbor of Bob's in Cali. I swear to you - we were the only non Star Trek people in the place. Oh, yeah, if anyone asks you - they all smell, too.
It could only happen to me.