Photos by G.
There are pros and cons to walking into a concert literally knowing nothing about what you are in for. On the plus side, by having an open mind, you are free to let the band do their job – turn a complete stranger into a fan by the end of the night. On the negative side, it could be concert amateur night where people under the age of 21 have found fake IDs and want to prove how hip and cool they are by getting totally drunk and pushing and shoving. The Crystal Castles show at the Fillmore East in New York on April 14, 2010 was a bit of both experiences for me. The experimental electronic outfit from Toronto made great usage out of strobe lights and lead singer Alice Glass’ stage presence was a bit of Courtney Love meets Jim Morrison. It was a bit hard for me to focus on the lyrics as each song she played became a struggle for survival (and I was standing in the front row). As the show began, I was in the front – center stage. As the crowd got more rowdy, I ended up on the very left hand side of the stage. Before the night was over, I witnessed Alice Glass falling down on the stage, crowd surfing and dancing like this was her last night on earth. I also witnessed a audience member grab my belt so as not to get swallowed up whole by the crowd. As I left the show, I noticed that my pants were falling off and my belt was broken into two pieces! Regardless, a good time was had by all – though I’ll venture to guess that a vast majority of the crowd are extremely hungover and late for class today. If anyone has the set list, please post in the comments section. And drink lots of water and take Advil.
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