Jesus and Mary Chain @ Webster Hall
I heard the Jesus and Mary Chain for the first time when I was 13 or 14. I would often fall asleep listening to a nightly radio program called "Night Waves" that was broadcast on the local college radio program. This show served as my guide for what was cool for many years. I don't really remember what my initial reaction to the Jesus and Mary Chain's music was but I do remember going to a record store and being unable to determine what song it was I had heard on the radio so I bought both "Psychocandy" and "Stoned and Dethroned".
Later that year that same record store held a contest to win tickets and a chance to meet the band before their up coming show at Bogart's in Cincinnati, Ohio. Now I have never been a very lucky when it comes to raffles or give aways but I was that time. The record store called my house about a week before the concert to inform me that I had won and how I could claim my prize. There was barely a moment leading up to the show that I didn't think about what it would be like to meet the JAMC.
After what seemed like an eternity the night of the show finally came. I arrived at the back entrance of Bogart's and was escorted up to the backstage area. I think most people were a little confused on how a nerdy young kid had won the contest because I remember getting a few "What the Fuck?" looks as I waited for the band. As I waited in a dark dank room for the band I became more and more nervous. Once they arrived the meeting was pretty uneventful. We all shook hands and I think I told them that I was a huge fan and then they presented me with an autograph poster and I was told they had to do a sound check then, but my tickets would be waiting at will call. I memories of the show are all good ones but I think it may have been the entire experience that I was impressed with.
So when it was announced that the Jesus and Mary Chain would be performing 2 nights at Webster Hall I was really excited to relive a moment from my childhood. Although this time I was nearly as excited as I was then. Last night's show although it was not the most energetic concert it was definitely a lot of fun. It was great to hear so many amazing songs live again. I was a little surprised at how most of these songs still seem relevant. Although I do hope for the best for Reid brothers I am not sure I will need to see them again live. This show kind of closed a chapter in my life. Thanks for the great memories.