Tuesday, 21 September 2010

356 DINOSAUR JR. Snowpony, London WC2 Astoria, Friday 8 August 1997

A quick trip down the M4 with Clive and Ady on the hottest day of the year so far, plus the usual tube dash in from Shepherd's Bush, nevertheless failed to get us to the Astoria in time for first band Lotus Crown, especially since Tottenham Court Road was subject to a fire investigation! Nevertheless, we arrived at 8, just after main support Snowpony had come on. A slinky Goth chick in a figure-hugging blue dress giving it loads was more impressive than the sound, which was a Mazzy Star/ Curve/ Cranes ethereal weird Gothic groove. Ady liked it - surprise surprise!

Dinosaur Jr. sauntered on, early at 5 to 9, with J, looking a little more corpulent than before, nevertheless bursting into manic and energetic riffery. The moshpit went crazy and I joined it, t-shirt soon discarded as the temperature rose and rose. Dinosaur Jr. played a staggeringly loud, cacophonous set of their primal rock madness, which was nevertheless extremely user-friendly and singles-oriented, with classic "Freak Scene" casually inserted mid-set, and titanic encores of "Just like Heaven" and my own highlight, the awesome "Wagon". Some less exciting and grungier moments nevertheless didn't detract (for me, anyway!) from a tremendous 1 1/2 hour's rock!

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