I have just wrapped up one of the best weekends of my life. Two great musical acts played literally in my back yard and I was able to take my kids, both under the age of 10, to see them for free. And we freaking pogoed!
In case you missed my previous post, Saturday’s show was hosted by none other than Iggy Pop. Over the course of a little more than an hour, Iggy rained down catalog favorite after favorite from the Stooges to his latest offering, “Post Pop Depression”. Interspersed between the songs were more F-bombs than you could shake a stick at. I guess if there is a bright side to that part of the equation, the girls didn’t hear those words coming out of my mouth! Since Iggy is now 70, I can just tell them that those are words only grandpa’s say.
On Sunday night, the first ever Metronome Festival in Prague upped the ante with night-two headliners, Foals. I’ve seen Foals play before and I can only describe the environment of seeing them play as “kinetic”. Sunday’s show was no different but given the location of the show on the edge of Prague’s Stromovka Park, there was a little more elbow room. That was a good thing because I again had NH1 and 2 in tow. Mrs. NH and my trusty nephew sidekick also took part. The 73 lb. NH1 sat on my shoulders for the duration save for about three quick breaks between songs and the encore. As my shoulders ached toward the tail end of the show, the band brought out its closing songs which were all adrenaline-fueled stomps and helped me to push through the final minutes. I felt like Sylvester Stallone in “Rocky IV” pulling logs on chains through the snow. Of course I don’t recall him singing along while doing that. Wuss.
Again, the highlight of these shows was getting to introduce my girls to such great acts in a live setting – up close and personal. My first live show was an 80’s version of the largely hollowed out Beach Boys touring circuit. Even still, I remember it like it was yesterday. The fact that the girls got to see a legend in yet another career resurgence and one of the top UK bands (who had just played Glastonbury a couple nights before) made the whole thing all the more special.
Even more gratifying was that NH1’s unsolicited post-show commentary was exactly the same thing that I was thinking:
Dad, toward the beginning I was really thinking that Iggy had them beat. But as the show went on, they really started playing the great songs and now I’m not sure who was better! That was so awesome. I can’t wait to see U2!
So we’re clear, U2 doesn’t even have a new album out or tour plans as of this writing but I’ve got to give the kid credit for her foresight.
NH2, on the other hand, just howled, charged me and gave me the rock and roll hand sign before giving me a hug. She always has been pretty punk rock.
Thanks for the memories, Metronome Festival. See you next year.