These guys have quickly become one of my absolute favorite bands in the city. I contacted them to see if I could ‘hang’ at a practice and they were cool enough to say yes. I got to hear most of the new album live and was even offered a fine high class beverage. They guys were also game for a few ‘posed’ shots in their historically incredible space. It’s actually one of the first ‘film exchanges’ in the country and the ghosts of Chaplin, Cooper and Garbo are all over the joint. Too cool. Catch the guys this Friday supporting The Red Western CD Release gig at Brillobox.

I am an unabashedly, unapologetic Roger Waters fanboy geek to the extreme. Growing up I destroyed two cassette copies of The Final Cut, The Wall, and The Pros And Cons Of Hitchhiking each by listening to them constantly (thanks Columbia Records, for your crappy product BTW). I have seen him live several times beginning in 1987 during the Radio KAOS tour. As my musical tastes have naturally grown over the years, I will always have a soft spot for everything Floyd. He still ranks as one of my top 5 favorite songwriters to this day. I had the chance to ‘meet’ the guy as his plane landed for the night’s show and we had the opportunity to get one item signed. My Sophie’s Choice moment came and I decided on my favorite Pink Floyd picture ever. As for the show, my expectations were exceeded tenfold. The sound and visuals were absolutely stunning. As evidenced, I didn’t score a photo pass for the show, which was kind of a blessing because I was there as a fan and was able to enjoy it that much more. Excuse the less than professional cellphone and point and shoot photos. More shaky pics here.

There is a bit of a misconception around town that the few of us who blog about music are in some sort of competition against each other. That idea could not be further from the truth. In fact, most of us know each other quite well and support each other as best as we can. Case in point is my man at the Pgh Music Report. He scores a photo pass to the Paul McCartney show and asks me if I want it. It takes a second for me to say yes and before you know it, I am up on the sound board platform at the new arena, shooting arguably the biggest show I have ever done. Not much to say that hasn’t already been said except that someone recognized me up there right before the show and was kind of surprised to see me there, happy for me but surprised, nonetheless. It was cool that she gave me a look of, “Right on, Hugh!” There are a lot of supportive people in this town and last Thursday was evident of that. More photos here.

Another cool moment came on Wednesday morning. Being a member of the ‘media’, I occasional receive alerts about things happening around town. One that I thought was unique and worth checking out was that the Hard Rock Cafe was bringing in it’s biggest and most rare piece of memorabilia in it’s vast collection in honor of McCartney’s shows. The original Magical Mystery Tour bus. Since I had the chance, I went down to see it arrive.

And finally, there was a wild scene after the show at the ‘private’ airport terminal as McCartney flew home. Now, I am a casual autograph seeker. I enjoy it as a hobby and never have or will think about selling signed items for monetary gains. Seriously, how much do you think I can get for an autographed copy of my Deliberate Strangers CD? It’s not about that for me. Apparently, it is for some people. They take this notion of signed memorabilia seriously, like a career! There were at least 100+ people waiting for the slim chance to get Sir Paul to scribble on their beat up album cover. There were actual rules to follow. Show your ticket stub to prove you were at the show. One item apiece. No cutting in a single file line. Apparently, someone hired 30 people from a temp agency to increase their chances. Nuts!