“Open. up. my. head annnd let me ouuuuuut.. a-little bay-bay.”
Hello! I know, I’m an asshole for waiting well over a week to write a new post. But in all fairness I have been very busy catching up on my life since my return from my trip. Okay, that’s a terrible excuse. I’ve just been lazy.
But seriously, some crazy shit is going down. First of all, have any of you heard this news about the Jimi Hendrix biopic? Today it was announced that they are casting Andre 3000 (yes, from Outkast) to play Hendrix in a film called “All Is By My Side”, about his years in England from 1966 – 1967, and it’s set to start filming in DUBLIN in 3 weeks. Okay, can we please talk about a couple of things? First of all, I think it’s really weird that I was reading “Room Full of Mirrors” while I was in Dublin 2 weeks ago, and now they’re filming the Hendrix biopic there. Secondly, I’m not really sure how I feel about Andre 3000 – not as a person, but as Jimi. Look, I’m a huge Jimi Hendrix fan, and if they’re going to do a film about questionably the most pivotal years of his career then they need to do it right. I will not argue that Andre looks like Jimi, because he actually kind of does. But isn’t he a little old? He’s 36. Hendrix was 27 when he died, and only 23 during his rise to stardom in the U.K. Andre looks great, but not 23. I guess that’s why film crews hire make up artists. And also, I don’t really know that much about his acting chops. The only thing I’ve ever seen him in was Four Brothers, and he definitely wasn’t bad, but I don’t know. What do you think?
In other news, this Saturday I attended the Red Hot Chili Peppers concert at the Prudential Center in Newark. Un-fucking-believable. I originally did not intend on going (for obvious reasons), but I suddenly changed my mind on Friday night (looking at other people’s pictures of the 5/4 show on Facebook definitely didn’t help my regret), bought tickets, and it was one of the best decisions of my life. They still got it, and I was pleasantly surprised by Josh Klinghoffer’s performance throughout. He’s very, very good.
Here’s the video I took of Saturday night’s performance of “Scar Tissue”:
Please note that I tend to watch concerts like a sport, so a few comments throughout, such as “PUSH IT, JOSH!!!” (for example) was me. However, the really out-of-tune and slightly distracting male singing voice in the video was NOT me, but some innocent person standing next to me who will unknowingly be shamed by my blog for all eternity. So this is my formal apology. I’m so sorry, guy… whoever you are.
We were also all very sad to hear about the Beastie Boys’ member Adam “MCA” Yauch’s passing on Friday. I was never a huge Beastie Boys fan, although I did grow up in the 90s, and so inevitably their music was pretty much always in my peripheral. They were also just inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame (along with those fine gentlemen above and Guns N’ Roses) just three weeks prior to his death. Although he was not in attendance at the ceremony due to his illness, he did become an official inductee, along with his many other lifetime accomplishments, including directing many of the Beastie Boys’ videos under the pseudonym Nathaniel Hornblower, opening his own production company, and doing a ton of charity work, among several other projects. He was 47 years old. My condolences to his family, friends and fans.