Forgive me if I ramble and this post is somewhat poorly written, and at times, historically inaccurate. I'm a little hungover, and still half-asleep, but I had to share:
Voxtrot @ The Cavern (photo by Original Ninja)
Last night's Voxtrot show was one of the most spontaneous, memorable shows I've seen in quite some time, even if the boys from the band might disagree. Frontman Ramesh had a family emergency, which left him stranded at an airport in Chicago, and it didn't look like he was going to make it. But, Jared and the rest of the boys refused to let the Cavern-dwellers down.
After a brief disclaimer and apology from Jared, the band launched into a rock-star karaoke version of "Raised by Wolves", inviting anyone who knew the lyrics to come on up. Unfortunately, some kid totally butchered it. And while that killed the whole karaoke idea, it led to the formation of a "supergroup" consisting of members of The Happy Bullets, Tacks the Boy Disaster/The Polyphonic Spree, and Voxtrot.
The kid that ruined "Raised by Wolves" (the girl actually wasn't bad, though)
The supergroup then proceeded to tear through an impressively diverse array of covers, including classics from The Pixies, The Cure, James, Weezer, the Violent Femmes, and The Beatles. The highlight, though, was Jared's spot-on Lou Reed during his re-worked version of the Velvet Underground's "I'm Waiting for the Man"; of course, the lyrics were changed to "I'm waiting for...Ramesh". You had to be there...it was great, trust me.
Meanwhile, Ramesh was racing to the venue in a cab, finally arriving at about 1:55 a.m. And, despite his 102 degree fever, he got up on stage and led the band through an impossibly awesome rendition of "The Start of Something". The band, obviously inspired by his valiant effort, refused to let "Raised by Wolves" be shamed by that damn karaoke kid, so they closed out the night by doing the song the justice it deserves.
The crowd pleaded for one more, but the house lights came on, signaling an end to an inspired, and most importantly, insanely fun, set. The crowd filed out totally fulfilled, and Ramesh probably went and collapsed somewhere from exhaustion.
The band averted disaster, and in the process, made a ton of new fans. And as our heroes leave Texas to take over the Midwest, hopefully this show will go down as the catalyst for a great tour.
A few new Guns 'n Roses tracks have leaked, and surprisingly, this one isn't terrible. Takes me back to 8th grade though.
Guns 'n Roses I.R.S. mp3