words & photos by Patrick Ogle
Really,Who Doesn't Want A Girl In A Short Skirt And A Long Jacket?
Parents of the year!
Reminds me of a show I was working at in New Hampshire years ago. Some hippie chick wanted to bring her baby into the show. I told her a) this is a bar b) do you have any idea how loud this is going to be? She started to babble some hemp-induced gibberish about shoving napkins into the baby’s ears.
But I digress.
There are other bands that do it. But a lot of those are U2, Rolling Stones and Eagles-sorts of bands who people will blindly totter out to see just so they can say they went. Some of the more old geezery acts don’t even bother with releasing music. Not dissing the bands here necessarily. Just pointing out that Cake was not playing at Soldier Field but at a venue that holds a few thousand people at a sold out Riviera Theater.
There were songs they played I had forgotten about. How Do You Afford Your Rock-N Roll Lifestyle? made me look around at the audience. In some cases it I thought…”Well…that guy looks like an accountant. So that is how he affords it” or ”That dude probably robs 7-11s…” etcetera.
I’m So Sick of You, from the band’s new record Showroom of Compassion, ended the first set. The new record is, honestly and no bullshit, as good as anything they’ve done in their career. I guess you can get rid of the filler when you take years to put a record together.
The always elusive drummer, in this case, Paulo Baldi.
Right near the end of the show I watched a guy get tossed out for taking a picture with his camera phone. Yes, they announced you shouldn’t do it. No, I do not understand why people MUST do it--to the point where they barely pay attention to the show, but, let’s face it; hundreds of people at every show are doing it. There is no way to control access to your image and it is so easy to record a show now it is impossible to stop the determined fan, only the guileless ones.
If Cake come to your town go to see them, unless the show is sold out. Don’t buy tickets from a broker. Brokers are evil.