Monday, August 11, 2008
Iggy Pop! Real life Shenmue!
Friday I went to Terminal 5 to see Iggy and the Stooges. Prior to this I visited a friend of who lives on Mulberry Street in Chinatown.
Should I be shot for being an Ugly American and combining the experience of going to Chinatown with a friend, who not only lives in Chinatown but is actually Chinese, and the Sega game Shenmue that has a little more than a cult following? Shenmue doesn't even take place in China, it takes place in Japan, and that's not China! However with the inclusion of train rides, purchasing of random items, several bathroom trips, trade and commerce, and ending the night with rock and roll. Friday was the beginning of a point and click adventure brought to life just not as many Quick Time Events. Also there were no sailors to be found anywhere.
So my friend Greyson lives in the truest sense of the word neighborhood of New York City's Chinatown. Being a fan of film noir in Chinatown always servers up images of Triads, awesome hair, hot girls, and yelling. I saw some aspect of most these things. We ate some food at a little place that served us beers and lots of food at a tender price. Fast and easy. My friend Greyson is a generous host and an excellent tour guide. I saw some interesting sites in our 2 block walk.
We saw central booking and the restaurants that are located underneath it. People in Chinatown like to eat. I also bought a belt from a man on Canal Street, this belt cost me three dollars.
The highlight of our 2 block tour was Doyers Street. Doyers Street has sharp 90 degree turn in the road. The nickname, "The Bloody Angle," is not only due to the the lay of the road but to the amount of gang related street violence between 1870 and 1930. I love nick names for places!
Then it became time to go to the show at Terminal 5. A very nice venue, clean, new, three floors and interesting bathrooms. A few days before the show The Stooges had their gear stolen. Part of me thought that maybe they would destroy some of the gear that I assume they rented. This did not happen, which is fine by me. They preformed nothing off the Raw Power album due to some sort of conflict between members of the band.
At Terminal 5 I met up with friends Ron and Joe. We had expensive drinks, not to be unexpected. As I was making my way around the building my phone beeped, and I met up with Lord Russen of Wallington and parts of Garfield. He didn't really like the venue, he prefers more traditional bathrooms. I however am generally more open minded about my bathroom habits. I saw a guy doing whipit hits with a balloon. He was really happy because, "the shit came in the mail today!" Awesome buddy!
Halfway through the set, right about where they did, "No Fun," Iggy invited everyone on stage. Everyone, like Gary Oldman in The Professional kind of everyone. Suddenly this this 60 year old dude that looks like a raisin, but not in a bad way more like one of those tough raisins from Kellogg's Raisin Bran, is dancing with everybody that made it to the stage. The security gave up. Let the people dance! I wish I could dance. Moving and grooving. SHaking and quaking. The music was awesome.
This has nothing to do with Shenmue, but I tried.
Here is the setlist, thanks to Joe.
I Wanna Be Your Dog
Real Cool Time
Search & Destroy
My Idea of Fun
I Got A Right
Little Electric Chair
Now I Wanna Be Your Dog (reprise)