I have to say that I was a little disappointed at the crowd who attended the Sonic Youth show at the Berkeley Community Theatre. As Paxtejana commented “What’s with the golf claps after each song?” The crowd seemed like they were watching a Pat Metheny show…quiet, listening to every nuance to make sure a note didn’t go unheard. I guess that’s all fine and good, but this is SUPPOSED to be a fucking Sonic Youth show! Not a group meditation.
Kudos to the one dude in the front row who was jumping around, flipping out, flailing wildly…that’s how they do it at the Fillmore in S.F. Maybe the crowd was down because they don’t sell beer at the Berkeley Community Theatre? I know Paxtejana and I were…Maybe the crowd was so reverent due to the reason we were all there…to enjoy Sonic Youth’s epic album Daydream Nation from front to back? I guess…but still…
Anyway, the pic shown here is a survey sent to me by Live Nation that I filled out…basically it says the theater was too damn hot, no beer, the sound was rough up top, and you couldn’t see where your seats were after the lights went out. Basically, if you’re gonna see a show at the Berkeley Community Theatre get tanked before hand and wear shorts.
Oh, and Sonic Youth seemed to be just getting warmed up during the first encore…over all an OK show.