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Wednesday, September 17, 2008


Only about a week to go before the trip to Austin and this could very well be the last installment of ACL Injuries. Jumbo Slice has already purchased the Entenmann's Apple Strudel for our nourishing pre-show breakfast and I have waxed my chest hair for our sojourn to Barton Springs.

In this week's battle we are looking at the Saturday 6:30 PM time slot. It is actually a three way between Conor Oberst, Mason Jennings, and the legendary John Fogerty. I am going to rule out Oberst at the get-go, as I don't really have any desire to see teary-eyed, U of T freshmen girls singing along to "Lua" (though the vulnerability of said girls may be appealing to Potsy). And yes, I know that is a Bright Eyes song, but still.....I instead am going to focus on either Jennings or Fogerty in our final match up.

Now the embarrassing part. I just now realized that I was getting Mason Jennings confused with Shooter Jennings (son of Waylon). I would have been interested to see the country-rock of Shooter Jennings, however, not so interested in Mason Jennings. He seems to be some sort of singer/songwriter protege of Jack Johnson and plays easy-listening contemporary folk. Fuck that shit, I will be bored to tears listening to this dude. I am sure there will be a lot of upright spooning at this show and I think I would rather pay my respects to Mr. John Fogerty.

We all know Fogerty from his CCR days, and I would hope he would play a couple of tunes from his hey-day. I am thinking "Proud Mary", "Bad Moon Rising", and of course "Fortunate Son". In fact, I would be willing to bet at least $10 that he will close with "Fortunate Son" being how we are in Bush's home state and there IS a war going on as we speak. Who wants some action?

I am less enthralled by his solo material. I can't stand that song "Centerfield", but I don't mind "Old Man Down The Road" (it had that cool video from 1984,with the guitar cord, in the swamp, remember...). I hope he sticks to the Credence stuff, but I doubt he will. Maybe he will make the big mistake of showcasing a "new song" from his latest project. Play the hits man, play the hits.

ETA: I am listening to "Long Dark Night" off Fogerty's 2007 release "Revival" and it is pretty fucking good. I take that back, play the new stuff man, play the new stuff.


Jimbromski said...

this one's easy

Fogerty, Fogerty, a thousand times, Fogerty

Robert Plant's gonna be there too, albeit w Alison Krauss.

Anonymous said...

Wow! I have had Fogerty on my short list from the beginning...I feel so validated!

Note: Shooter Jennings is the father of Drea de Matteo's baby. (Adriana from the Sopranos.)

Jumbo Slice said...

I saw Fogerty play a big concert for MoveOn.org before the last election (along w/ Springsteen, etc.). He was awesome. Simply awesome. I was never a fan of his yet he ended up being a highlight of the night (way better than the Pearl Jam or REM sets). I bet he kills at ACL as well.

Anonymous said...

jumbo, the vote for change finale at verizon center? i was there too, but we were stuck behind the stage so nothing from that night is particularly memorable.

however, i did go to cleveland for the bright eyes/ fogerty /REM /springsteen vote for change show. he WAS really good, and he played a lot of those CCR songs.

the following day i made the mistake of wearing my redskins jersey to the browns-skins game. let's just say that browns fans weren't very welcoming.

Jumbo Slice said...

Yup - it was at the Verizon Center. My friend had just done a cover story on REM so they gave her some killer seats. We sat near Ben Stiller and watched his goofy ass rocking out to Jackson Browne. I went to the show looking forward to Pearl Jam and REM but left being more impressed by Fogerty, Bonnie Raitt, and James Taylor(!?!). Even John Mellencamp was good.

Needless to say, Bruce Springsteen was fucking amazing.

Anonymous said...

Since this is the last installment in "ACL INJURIES," I feel compelled to state that unless Super Zoe tells me otherwise, I will be attending the UT v. Arkansas football game on Saturday. There, I said it.

Jumbo Slice said...

Between the game and ACL, the city is going to be packed. Saturday night on 6th Street should be fun.

Go Horns.

Anonymous said...

JCR, you have made it very clear that you would MUCH prefer to watch football than participate in this beloved annual event. You didn't even know who was performing!

You owe me $175. But I guess you can take it out of my rent...

Anonymous said...

The check is in the mail.

Anonymous said...

Good. I need that money. $175 will buy me 3 beers at ACL.