The thrill of a live show is by far the most enthralling and disturbing experience, in my opinion. I don’t mean the great gigs, famous, almost famous, once famous acts… Never cared for those, would rather buy me the album, if I cared.
This is what I mean, an unknown band, a band you’re friends with the drummer, a band you’re in.
A school auditorium, a broken theater, a public space, a garage bar.
A crowd would be a few hundreds, many of which you know at least by sight, the crowd you’re in, or no crowd at all.
All kinds of nuisance, delays, hot beer, improvisation.
Sounds more like a nightmare? Maybe but when you are inside it, people, gear, skills, everything so within your own possibilities, it feels real like you could be the next to step up the stage.
And to whatever extent you have or will experience it, you will be poisoned by frustration with the mere notion of something bigger you can’t grasp.
“Here, let me get you a cold one…”