This is kind of a combination post since I went to a screening of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” at the Block in Orange the day before seeing The Raveonettes in San Diego. I don’t have too much to say about The Hobbit aside from this: I really enjoyed it and seeing it in 3D was pretty cool. I’m sure it’s great without the 3D, but it’s an even more immersive experience with it.
Not too long before that I also went to the Dr. Who 50 year anniversary episode in 3D and the sci-fi genre definitely seems to work well in 3D. With a film like The Hobbit, it’s more of a tossup if seeing giant spiders in 3D works – I personally am freaked out either way. The cliffhanger at the end was probably the most enjoyable part of seeing it in the theater – with a collective “WTF?” as people get to wait another year for the finale. Way to trilogy.
Now for the Raveonettes show! The location was a bar/club called Bang Bang in Downtown San Diego (Gas Lamp District). It was very Asian themed down to the very unique bathroom decor, which featured a Hello Kitty stall, a fortune cookie stall, a Japanese fashion stall, and the very popular Ryan Gosling stall (which was probably the most photographed too). The food was also Asian, with sushi, fried rice, lettuce wraps, pork buns, and edamame.
The room had a giant disco ball above and loud dance music before the Raveonettes went on. It was a big change once the curtain was lifted and they were seated with their acoustic (for the most part) guitars. I suppose it was only acoustic in the fact that they had no drummer (or drum machine) backing them.
The set was a 13 songs new and old, including “Railroad Tracks,” “Enemy” and “Christmas Song” (some of my favorites!). I got a photo of the setlist, though I recorded most of the songs on my camera and a couple on iPhone. Missed “Chain Gang of Love” and “Love in a Trashcan” unfortunately, but there are probably snippets of them online. Most of my photos were between videos, so not too many.
After the set, we got our meet ‘n greet and I got my VIP passes signed and photos with Sune and Sharin. It was actually the first in a long time that I got to do that, so quite a thrill for me! And here are most of the songs from the show on my alternate YouTube account (I used that one because it was easier to upload from my phone to it – my main one still kind of has password issues):