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This One’s Optimistic…


Bit of a followup to my post about the miserable experience that was all the shit related to Sunday night’s Radiohead show….

I sent Nissan Pavilion’s customer service e-mail a line about my experience, and my frustration, having spent so much on tickets, parking, gas, etc.

So I got a lovely e-mail back today from them.

Hi Marty

Thank you for contacting Nissan Pavilion regarding your experience on Sunday night. The torrential rain storm, multiple road closures and a late-arriving crowd led to delays for some music fans entering the parking lot at Nissan Pavilion. While we have no control over Mother Nature, we certainly are disappointed that some fans did not make it to the venue.

As a consolation, we would like to offer you complementary lawn tickets to Radiohead’s performance at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ on August 12th. We apologize for any inconvenience you experienced Sunday night and hope that this free ticket offer helps to make up for it.

Sure, they’re not pavilion seats, but hey, they’re free. And honestly, I didn’t even expect a response, just a “sure, we’ll get back to you” form letter. Classy move, LiveNation. You win this round.

I Don’t Even Need To Bother With Bus Trips Anymore!


Playing Grand Theft Auto 4 these past few weeks has been quite the experience.  Not only is the scope of the title completely unrivaled, but Rockstar really outdid themselves with the level of approximation of New York City in the games fake-location Liberty City.

Of course, I didn’t realize how well they did until I saw this great Flickr set of images, titled Sightseeing In Liberty City, which compares the fictional Liberty City to the real-life New York City.

Props to Flickr member Matthew Johnson for compiling this set, which you can view here.

I Heart Next Gen Gaming

As some of you reading this may know, I seriously made the leap into this generation of gaming, owning a PS3, 360 and Wii.

While my time lately has been eaten up by Mario Kart Wii and GTA4, I still have many a great game to look forward to.

These two trailers are just a taste of the innovative titles to come this year. And I can’t wait for either.

First, the amazing first-person free running game Mirror’s Edge

Secondly, the latest trailer for the blockbuster in the making, METAL GEAR SOLID 4 (why yes, that is Don LaFontaine!)

What say you, good readers? What games are you looking forward to?

It Rained All Night


I know, the title of the post is actually a Thom Yorke song, not a Radiohead song. But it’s very appropriate, as you’ll soon read.

Last night, I had the amazing pleasure of seeing Radiohead. Hot in the middle of their 2008 tour supporting the stupendous album In Rainbows, it was a fantastic show at Bristow, VA’s Nissan Pavilion. I mean, look at this set list!

All I Need
Jigsaw Falling Into Place
15 Step
Pyramid Song
Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
Faust Arp
Paranoid Android
Everything In Its Right Place
Bangers + Mash

Like Spinning Plates
Karma Police
Go Slowly
Planet Telex

Fake Plastic Trees
The National Anthem
House of Cards

How could that not be a good show?

A mix of Mother Nature and inept staffing.

Without going into too much detail (honestly, I’m too angered to get into it all now), there was a torrential downpour the entire evening…and the staffers at Nissan Pavilion did nothing to assist the matter, closing roads, bringing movement to a crawl, not being helpful to ticketholders, and even sending people away.

This was a sold out show. 25,000 people. Why are you sending away people who dropped an average of $50 to see the show?

Luckily, the internet has voiced my anger far better than I could, with this post at DCist, this followup at The Consumerist, and ranting and raving across message boards nationwide.

As for the actual show? I finally got in (1 hr.+ waiting for parking) just in time to see “Just”, and despite the rain, cold, and miserable setting, they were absolutely transcendent. It’s just a shame what could’ve been an amazing show was marred by people who had nothing to do with what was on stage.

I will never go to Nissan Pavilion again. And you better believe they’ll be hearing from me.