:: Wednesday, December 04, 2002
CHILI WILLI - the review
well, to start with.. this wont be a review on how they played.. coz, hey.. it's RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, if you know the music you can already guess how it went.. (ie: Anthony Kiedis jumped around like a loon, Flea wuz pissant funny, Frusciante did some cool vocals / the whole stoner hippy funk monkey thang.. and y'know.. Chad Smith / drummer.. need I mention more?)
the main point of contention here.. is the screwball comedy that wuz the venue swap..
originally the whole thing wuz gonna be held in HINDMARSH STADIUM.. never been in it meself, but I heard it's a real big one.. would've been really good.. We had special "CHILI BOWL" tickets, which meant.. we could pretty much flash our ticket around.. and get right up to the very front of the crowd, into the thick of the moshpit.. (well, at least.. that wuz the plan..)
but in the course of the day in preparing HINDMARSH STADIUM for the gig, there wuz some foulup with the lighting rig, one of the support struts made an "unstable creaking" sound.. and, so.. due to one faulty beam.. they decided to shift the entire gig to a different venue..
this other venue, wuz the ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE.. about 500 metres down the road.. took an army of roadies, and 10 semi-trailers to shift the shit over.. in the chaos of it all, the support band - "PAPA ROACH" dropped out've the gig.. another side-effect of it all.. the Entertainment Centre wuz a smaller venue.. and so, the tonne of tickets that WERE gonna be on sale at the door.. whittled down to mostly nothing.. (not that we cared.. we had CHILI BOWL tickets.. )
so.. we get to the venue.. and realise.. due to the venue change, the whole crowd placement had been fucked with.. originally the CHILI BOWL wuz gonna be a "reserved" fenced off area surrounding the stage.. a moshpit of fiends to surf the Chili Willi Funk.. now, upon arrival at the new venue.. we discovered all "general admission" ticket holders had been sent to fill the stadium seats surrounding the stage.. whilst the "CHILI BOWL" wuz sent to roam on the floor.. this would've been fine in it'self, but.. then they proceeded to create a class distinction on this ground floor.. by putting up the moshpit fence..
so.. although we had tickets to get INTO the moshpit fence.. since the area wuz a lot smaller.. more than 1/2 the people who wanted to get IN there.. couldn't.. (and yes.. that meant us..) after 1/2 hour of waiting, and people around us about ready to jump the security and make a break for it.. we resigned to the fact, we were gonna be stuck waaaay back in the crowd.. behind a bloody fence..
so.. there we were, a few people back from the fence.. doing our best to crane our necks to see past the sea of tall people (with the fuzzy hair) blocking our view.. yup, we were NOT HAPPY.. (well, actually I couldn't care less.. I got here at the last minute.. but, the dudes I wuz with.. they were looking to pick a fight..)
it's moments like these.. when you see maybe a few thousand people behind a tiny fragile mental fence.. thirstin' for blood.. you think to y'self "I could build me an army.. take down that fence in seconds.. and make a break for the stage.." then you realise said event would end up in the news with fatalities.. and as a result.. live music gets banned worldwide.. (or some shit..). coz, it's bad enough that PEARL JAM are only doing sitdown gigs now.. and fucken D-BARRIERS are now blockin' up the moshpits at the BIG DAY OUT.. we seriously don't wanna make it worse..
so.. the only support band, is now playing.. a seriously forgettable little midget act called "QUIRK", you've probably never heard of 'em.. and seriously, nobody except maybe their 20 or so friends (with the "all access" passes) could care less.. they played, we tried our best to squeaze past security check points at either end of the moshpit fence (with no success..). When they finished their set and left the stage, nobody noticed..
an hour waiting later.. and CHILI WILLI get on stage.. and rock out like the eternal funky monks they be..
despite them being ever so tiny and blurry in the distance.. despite having my view mostly blocked by idiots with afros.. somehow.. with CHILI WILLI playing.. I couldn't care less.. THEY ROCK.. I jump around like a loon.. I go crazy, crowd hoots like baboons (I accidently head butt some chick in the back of the head and dent the bridge of my nose... but hey, who cares.. WOOOOOO!). Yup.. despite all the bullshit, they still put on a killa 2 hour set..
so.. all in all.. the venue shat me off, but.. with the music.. couldn't complain..
(now, I wonder if they friends with their vocal complaints today to the ticket agency, can get my ticket price down? MUHAHAHAHA)
:: Spoz 4:42 PM |