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Gogol Bordello rocks Berkeley :-D

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Dec. 2nd, 2006 | 11:48 pm
mood: enthralled
music: When the Trickster Starts A-Poking

They were great, very high energy even though they must be jet-lagged like woah, having come from Denmark yesterday! Non-stop singing dancing spectacle, really good sound system, they definitely rocked. The only problem was it was so short, only 45 minutes.

A bunch of people who were there for the Primus show were converted, buying CDs and T-shirts. I hung out by the merch table and answered questions about where they lived and nationalities and the best CD to buy -- that would be the yellow one, Gypsy Punks, which you can also buy via the iTunes Store..

Got to meet Eugene, who is definitely shorter than the six-feet (183 cm) I had him pegged at -- he's 5'9" (176 cm) or so, not that much taller than me. I was trying to figure out what was going on and finally realized that he was wearing (very cool) flat shoes, instead of his usual heeled boots. Oh, and he borrowed my pen for signing things: if anyone wants to give him a little gift, I'm sure Sharpies would be very welcome, possibly including a silver or gold one for the Multi Kontra Culti CD, which has almost no light space at all!

The other guys didn't come out when I was there, but Pam and Eliza did, and they were both really wonderful, chatting with me and the other fans with a lot of warmth and interest. Pam's ankles are both screwed-up and she's not taking proper care of them all (the mom in me worries about that) And she gives a nice hug.

(The Primus concert would have been have been good if a) I knew the songs and b) I felt like standing up.)
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asynje

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from: asynje
date: Dec. 3rd, 2006 08:48 am (UTC)
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The energy level really impressed me to. They played in Store Vega here (in a no chairs set up of course) and normally the people in the back of the room are in the back of the room because a) there's a bar, b) they don't feel like jumping around. At this gig everyone were jumping *g*

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Dec. 3rd, 2006 06:22 pm (UTC)
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The Berkeley Community Theatre has chairs, actually very nice ones with good sightlines, which helped a lot cos I was on row 30 or so, way over on the right side. But more and more people were standing by the end, including us :-)

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loreley_se

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from: loreley_se
date: Dec. 3rd, 2006 09:17 am (UTC)
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So glad you had a nice time and got to meet Eugene and the girls. I shall make a note of the Sharpie thing for whenever they are in London again :-) I don't know how they do it - such an energy filled show, and often for many nights in a row in different places. Elijah needs to look after Pam!!!

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Dec. 3rd, 2006 06:24 pm (UTC)
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Yes! They are amazing! I'm so glad I got to see them live.

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Trianne

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from: trianne
date: Dec. 3rd, 2006 12:36 pm (UTC)
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Sounds like you had a great night, similar to mine when I saw them in March. When I saw them just recently in Manchester, they were fantastic but certain elements in the crowd, I think, kept them from coming out afterwards. But yes, the whole band are great. I hope Pam starts to take care of herself - though if she feels like a rest, I'd volunteer to take over her Elijahlovin duties (but not the dancing, cos, well, no).

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Dec. 3rd, 2006 06:26 pm (UTC)
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Oh yikes, crazy crowds :-/ This crowd was very middle-class and non-threatening.

I am so glad to have seen them live, I don't know how long this can last but whee!

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