What a wonderful day this has been. There will be separate blogs on each of these subjects coming soon, so please be patient. I am only one man with many great adventures to write about. Picture it: a very very very cold day in New York, February 8, 2011. It began seeing the Lynda Benglis career retrospective exhibit at the New Museum. From there, I got the opportunity to meet actors Paul Rudd and Jon Hamm. Next, I went to see Gang of Four at Webster Hall. On my way to the restroom, I went downstairs, near the venue within a venue – the Studio at Webster Hall. As my great fortune would have it, The National was playing a secret show that will be taped for a future MTV broadcast! Wow, what a great day! Sadly, I only got to see the final song The National played, which was “Terrible Love,” but you don’t see me complaining! One song is better than nothing! During the song, lead singer Matt Berninger made his way through the crowd while singing! Too cool! I am looking forward to seeing the broadcast to catch all the songs I missed.
I love my great sense of timing and my keen eye to spot rock stars no matter where I am! I was in the queue to see Brandon Flowers of the Killers’ solo live debut in New York when out of the corner of my eye, I spotted Matt Berninger, lead singer of The National walking down the street. He must have known it was almost our one month anniversary (since I saw him and The National in concert). I asked him to take a photo with me and he happily obliged. He was wondering what the line was for and I told him it was for Brandon Flowers, so he asked me to say hi. Sadly, I didn’t get the chance to meet Mr. Flowers to deliver the message, but in case he’s reading – “Hi, from Matt Berninger of The National.” Thanks again Matt for being super cool!
On July 29, 2010, Ohio’s The National played a sold out show at Terminal 5 in New York to celebrate Spin Magazine’s 25th anniversary. The National hit the stage around 10:30 after Kurt Vile and Suckers (more on both bands coming soon). The band has been around since 2001 and this was my first time seeing them live. The post-punk/indie band played both of their Barack Obama inspired songs “Mr. November” and “Fake Empire” as well as my favorite “Anyone’s Ghost.” A video of that song will be forthcoming, so stay tuned. I am merely one person with tons of experiences to write about! Lead singer Matt Berninger has a fun stage disposition where he is pretty subtle about getting into it, but when he finally lets loose, it’s hard not to watch with a smile. The audience loved every minute of the show, not only for the music and the crowd sing-a-longs, but perhaps because we were treated to seeing them perform at a much smaller venue than the last time they were in town, performing at Radio City Music Hall. The National also played a generous portion of their latest record “High Violet,” and judging by the clouds of marijuana smoke that were all around the venue, I think that pretty much sums up the night.
See two more pictures and the set list after the jump.