Wonk and womp are obsessed with headliners. Fuck headliners, give me that lineup.
AND The Rolling Stones? Who the hell wants to see a group of leather hand-bags attempt to play songs that were popular 20 fucking years ago??
The Rolling Stones had their FIRST hits in the mid sixties which is steadily approaching fifty years ago so you really need to learn how to count. Never mind the fact that those songs ( Satisfaction, to name just one) are still well known and loved by a very large number of people. Hand bags? Yeah sure, but don't discredit the staying power of bands as popular as the Stones and their music.
Now, that being said, I would take a super strong midrange of bands over some over the top headliner any day. I'm thinking of Sasquatch 2010 specifically where the headliners were somewhat modest (MMJ, Massive Attack, Ween) and the midrange was amazing (Broken Social Scene, LCD Soundsystem, etc). That sounds a lot more enjoyable to me than a lackluster undercard and Muse or Prince or something.
It does say these will be his last solo dates buuut since he is trying to get to places he's never played, central Washington would probably fit that bill... especially since there aren't any dates there... hmmm...
I feel like I got the full NMH experience from that Mangum show at the Crystal. Spillane was there, which is ultimately more important than having Jeremy Barnes, and that dude from Elf Power was on hand to fill out the instrumentation when it became necessary.
The reason Jeff Mangum disappeared for a decade was that he is the kind of person who actively resists the kind of attention that would have come with allowing NMH to continue growing in popularity. If he were to tour and bill himself as Neutral Milk Hotel, it would be fucking huge at this point. But it would fundamentally be the same show that we saw.
The only reason Mangum has been touring at all is that he did a couple of (very small) performances on the East coast and witnessed first-hand just exactly how important those songs have become to people. It affects people deeply and individually, and that is the kind of thing the dude cares about and respects. So he did a couple more shows, and then he didn't want to exclude the people in this part of the country or that... I think it has already gotten much larger than he initially intended, and I am fairly certain that this next round of tour dates (scheduled in the armpits of states that he hasn't made it to so far) will be the last we see of him for a long time.
I just fucking wish Spillane had sang one or two more Gerbils songs in the opening set.
Truth. I can dream though...
I was a sophomore in high school when I first heard that album. Almost started crying. and weirdly enough (or maybe not, I guess) it was Holland 1945 that did it. What a lovely, lovely man he is.