We missed the first act, presumably "Natalie Portman's Shaved Head," and arrived just in time to see all of glam rockers "Semi Precious Weapons." Their set was preceded by a brief intro from the man himself, Perez Hilton, and a Big-Brother-esque video intro featuring a Max Headroom-style Perez.
The crowd was thinner than I'd expected, but the Semi Precious Weapons' energy and showmanship were big enough for a much larger crowd in a much larger venue. I think my glam rock days are behind me, but if they weren't, I might have fallen in love tonight.
The next act was New Zealand's LADYHAWKE. Unlike the Semi Precious Weapons, I'd heard some of LADYHAWKE's music before tonight, and I liked it. Somehow, though, I just wasn't in the mood. Presumably half-way through her set, I turned to my companion and suggested that we go eat tacos. So we left.
As we drove home, I had to deconstruct my distance from the event during the event. Why had I gone? Why hadn't I been more engaged? What the heck? Here's what I decided:
One: If I were to name the two major goals we have here at BCTV, I'd say that they're documenting great live music with video AND breaking new music. Since I wasn't filming tonight, and since Perez Hilton has already "broken" these bands, my covering the show wasn't really serving either of these goals.
Two: I think I wanted to see this show (in part) to see the new bands. Bands someone else was already covering. I think I wanted to let Perez Hilton do some of my job for me! And although they were very nice bands, I don't think they're ones I would have chosen on my own. And it isn't fair to turn in someone else's work anyway, so I'm glad I left when I did.
Three: I think Perez Hilton might actually be Toohey-- at least in some degree. He is a self-promoter who has lifted himself up and is using the power of his platform to lift others up. But do I care? Do I like these bands because Perez does? How much sway does his opinion have over me? It turns out not to be much.
Now don't get me wrong. As I stated in my earlier post about the show, I read his site daily. I think he's a prime case study in how to use new/social media to create a career and draw an audience to you. He does a lot right. I'm just not convinced that his flair for curating the best in celebrity gossip necessarily translates to being the last word in fashion or running a record label-- or putting together a career-making concert tour. I suspect, however, that a year's time will convince me, and that he's capable of being the last word in fashion and running a record label and staging a second annual version of this tour with a bigger sponsor and bigger bands and a bigger audience. I guess all we can do is watch and see...