stateless: (let go)
here are all the words i might ever manage in public about what is to see the wall live:

fear builds walls

thanks to the ruckus for letting me say things.
stateless: (rejoice)
stateless: (musician)
stateless: (john)

"if you can imagine a world of peace, if you can imagine a world with no denominations of religion - not without religion, whatever religion is - but without this divisive 'my god is bigger than your god' business.. if you can imagine the possibility, then it can be true."

imagine peace

"nobody's ever given peace a complete chance. ghandi tried it, martin luther king tried it, but they were shot."
stateless: (roger)
the thing is, roger waters turned his darkness into light.

i could see it before, on the screen from the back of the hollywood bowl, i could see the light on his face, but this time i could feel it. that's what i wanted, to live the show again (because it was the same), but this time to be a part of it. we had the most perfect spot imaginable - second row behind the pit (which was five rows) and to the side, which curved over and happened to be at the end of the stage right where roger spent quite a bit of time. we were raised, above the heads of those in the pit, and had a perfectly clear view. i knew we would be close but i didn't fucking realise.

free at last )
stateless: (hands)
it took susan and i three and a half hours to get to dodger stadium. that's how long it took us to get to irvine last friday. i cannot convey the horror. just to give some perspective, it took us forty minutes to get home. including the mess of traffic to get out of the surrounding parking lot.

anyway, this is one band i was certain i'd never see. i'll say that it was the shitiest $250 ticket i've ever bought, but how could i not? not only were they a constant presence in my life ('synchronicity' especially), but when i was nineteen i went on a fucking bender and became obsessed with everything related to anything any of them ever did. i saw each of them play (numerous times), i fuckin met both sting and andy, but.. no, i never thought i'd see them together. which is what makes that money irrelevant.

sting: since people haven't seen us play in twenty four years, i'd like to introduce the band. andy, this is stewart...
stewart: sting, there are 20,000 people here who have heard that joke before.


that's my soul up there )
stateless: (who)

the who // long beach // 26 feb 2007

to me, the mark of a good concert is when a band can make your jaw drop or the top of your head come off. and the mark of a good band is when they can do this repeatedly, no matter how many times you see them. ok, i've only seen the who three times. but still. we were across the fucking arena (which is seriously tiny, so it's not like we were that far) and there were numerous times when i felt i could just burst from the amount of energy plowing through the place. i think i use different bands for different purposes, different forms of therapy, and this one for me is explosive, sheer joy. i felt a little weird after it dawned on me U2 in hawaii was the last show i saw - i hadn't even noticed. by the end of the third song, i was hit with the realisation of not only just how happy i was in that moment, but how hungry i was for the experience without even knowing. some sort of deficiency.

high in the theatre in the sky )


Dec. 17th, 2006 02:23 am
stateless: (exit)
so the EP will be available soon is now available through CD baby, but in the meantime you can get a copy by contacting christine at exitmanagement @ (or coming to see us). there are still some goodie bags available too, so grab those while you can. the CD is $5 plus shipping and the goodie bag (which includes a t-shirt, postcard, photo and badge? maybe? don't quote me on that) is $10.

also, there are some new pics up on the site and you can download there or listen on myspace to the full version of 'like fire' and clips of the other songs.

rock n roll dawgie.
stateless: (who)
i'm not keen on support bands who actually lessen the level of excitement. the bowl lighting up red, white and blue fifteen minutes before the who showed up should've actually been the opening act. that brought me back to life right quick.

a thousand songs still smoulder now )
stateless: (exit)
it's official:

EXIT is to play the ameristar casino in vicksburg, MS from february 9-12, 2006. that's three 45 minute sets each night from 10:00pm to 1:00am.

stateless: (paul)
paul mccartney//staples centre//29 nov 2005

this nearly speaks for itself: longest setlist ever )

holy shit, yeah? i'm having trouble finding words. i had a seat with my mom, first level straight across the arena from the stage, but cheryl managed to score a ticket from ticketmaster on sunday night and because the disabled part of her section was full she wound up just above where our seats were. though the people directly behind us were cool with us standing i knew it wouldn't be long until i had some sort of comment made to me. lamest section in the whole arena! it only took one "sit down" just before 'got to get you into my life' for me to dash up the stairs and join cheryl. immediately it was like a weight off my shoulders, i was able to get so much more into it, jumping around for the rest of the show with nothing but a wall at my back.

i'm having trouble remembering what exactly i heard last tour in terms of the obvious stuff that i've heard a million times on bootleg, like 'magical mystery tour' and 'get back' and the like, so while i could go and and on about everything he said and did, let's focus mostly on things of note and the random shit that sent me reeling, yeah? k.

stop and turn and go for a ride )

i kept stumbling on the word 'magic' as the night went on. the colours were blazing, the art on the screens was at times hypnotising and seemingly tangible, paul was charming and cheeky as ever, and then the music... of course it would be nothing without that. these are some of the best songs this world will ever hear, and the fact that they're acknowledged by the man himself as coming from somewhere other - having that element of magic as he himself says - all that combined with the joy it brings me is why i love this all so much, it's why i belong here.
stateless: (power)
AP: Speaking of stories that haven't gotten out... your book deals with the Cold War and its role in Third World debt.

NH: That story isn't known by that many people, no. It is fascinating and shocking that during the Cold War Africa was used as a pawn by the superpowers. The US, China and Russia used loans and aid in Africa to get countries on their side. Cold War strategies really drove decisions on who to bankroll. They propped up corrupt dictators like Mobutu in Zaire [now the Democratic Republic of Congo], who chartered the Concorde for shopping sprees. The world knew he was corrupt; people were saying "He'll never pay back these loans" -- but still he received half of the US loans to Africa in the 70s. The US wanted Zaire as a base for their covert activities in Angola. The countries were bankrolled to help geopolitical interests, and that would always be not a great situation, but it's particularly unacceptable as the Congolese people are among the poorest in the world.

full interview here.
stateless: (power)
Global Lessons From a Rock Star

By Matt Gray
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Monday, April 18, 2005

When most people drop $100 on a concert ticket, poverty is the last thing on their mind. Bono was probably aware of this, but that wasn't about to stop him from opening his audience's eyes to a great challenge that they might not have known they were facing. Last week's U2 concerts in Glendale Arena featured some great music, but they also had one unrelenting request: Keep your eyes on Africa.

While most people probably didn't feel like an entire continent had slipped their mind, one phrase seemed to catch everyone by surprise: "a tsunami a month." That's about how many people die preventable deaths in Africa day in and day out. Every month, Africa loses 160,000 people to disease and other effects of extreme poverty.

So if more people in Africa have died since the tsunami hit than died in the tsunami itself, why haven't we all put the same kind of effort into poverty relief as we have into tsunami relief? The answer is simple: The tsunami replayed on our televisions every night for a month while the people of Africa have continued to suffer in silence. The crisis in Africa has gone on for years, but it is out of our American sight and out of our American mind.

After Sept. 11, 2001, Americans' generosity was overwhelming. The country came together and gave enough money to provide for all the grieving families. We were not about to let the tragedy defeat us, so we sacrificed and changed our priorities to lift up those in need. History will never forget our response in the late months of 2001, but what will it say about our efforts to help a region that loses more lives than Sept. 11 every day? Can we rally that same spirit of generosity and human understanding for a much greater challenge?

The One Campaign believes that we can and that awareness is the key. This group, which features leaders ranging from rock stars like Bono to movie stars like Brad Pitt to evangelical stars like Pat Robertson, is going to make sure you know about Africa. They don't want your money. In fact, their Web site doesn't take donations. Instead, all they want is for you to read and learn until you understand the African crisis and maybe wear a wristband.

Or at least that's what they want you to believe. The truth is, they know us Americans all too well. They know you dropped that $20 into the Red Cross tub on Sept. 15, and then did the same a few days after the tsunami. The members of the One Campaign know that once you understand the everyday tragedies that occur in Africa, you won't be able to forget. Once you've seen the faces, heard the stories and learned what you can do to help, human nature will take over from there.

Bono's hope is that this will be the hallmark achievement of our generation. He speaks fondly of those before us that defeated communism and ended apartheid, but he hopes that we'll do one better. It won't be easy. Lifting millions of people out of life-extinguishing poverty isn't the sort of thing that you can do in a weekend. Luckily, we happen to be citizens of a superpower. Once this nation dedicates itself to doing something, we find a way to make it happen. Just ask Saddam Hussein.

It's time we put our collective mind on Africa, the worldwide capital of human suffering. Get the facts, become informed, and then help your friends and family do the same. We have food and we have medicine. They desperately need food and desperately need medicine. Once we all put two and two together, there will be no stopping the immense good that flows when the American people are dedicated to a higher purpose.

If right now you saw someone across campus bleeding and broken, you'd run for help. Across the sea, Africa is bleeding and broken. We need to see it and run for help.
stateless: (streets)
so we got a call this morning letting us know that bono had told some people hanging outside the sports arena that they would likely be inviting such stalker-like scragglers as ourselves into the rehearsal today. things like this just happen; somehow i'm used to it. i knew we would get in. we waited around for a bit and when scott appeared it was solidified. we lined up and were filed in and around to the section on edge's side. i thought for sure the contest winners would be let in onto the floor but they had already filled two sections across from us on adam's side. and so that was it, four sections of people total, not many more than about 500 of us.

spoilers galore )
stateless: (pgr)
How long are you gonna prance around on stages pulling moderately pretty girls out of the audience?

"Oh, that' think I've got impeccable taste in the girls I pull out of the audience. And, erm, I think I can still pull. And I don't have a choice about being a musician or a singer. You know. It's just one of those things. I like to think I'd know when to quit. But we have an incredible band right now, and when we walk out on stage, the four of us, there's a chemistry between us which is just... undeniable. And I feel it, people who come feel it, we've got great tunes. And, you know. But to answer your question -– two crap albums and we're out."

i love that for so many reasons.

whole thing here.
stateless: (peace)
"In the pits of poverty, I saw a strong spirit in the people, a richness of spirit I didn't see when I came home," Bono told Rolling Stone at the time of the album's release. "I started thinking, 'They may have a physical desert, but we've got other kinds of deserts.' That's what attracted me to the desert as a symbol."

the whole rolling stone article, cos i want to keep it handy )


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