I couldn’t make it to Les Schwab Amphitheater last night to watch the Goo Goo Dolls kick off the 2010 Bend Summer Concerts series. Parenthood called. But Bulletin photographer Ryan Brennecke was there, and he came back with some terrific photos of the band and what appears to be a quite bundled-up crowd. Be sure to click below to see the whole bunch.
Fairly ginormous week of music in Central Oregon, isn’t it? This is awesome! Let’s jump in …
(I am currently obsessed with this song.)
Band-on-the-verge Band of Horses plays at Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend on Sunday. I chatted with head Horse Ben Bridwell — one of the nicest musicians I’ve interviewed, I might add — about how he’s feeling as he stares down fame.
“But with me it’s never really been about some grand ambition to be the biggest band in the world. I guess, if anything, it makes me happy when we can make more people happy,” he said. “But people say, ‘You guys are going to be the next Kings of Leon’ or whatever, and that terrifies me more than anything.”
Terrifies? Bridwell elaborates: “I came into this game so late; I didn’t start playing guitar and singing until my late 20s. It’s never been that comfortable of a position for me. So I feel like I can barely keep up as it is (with) trying to curb the anxiety of performing and stuff like that. It scares me to think that we would be in the position of Pearl Jam, where you have an arena of people that you have to (impress). It seems like a lot of responsibility, right?”
I hope you’ll read the whole thing by clicking here. Also, Band of Horses is co-headlining Sunday’s show with retro-pop duo She & Him, aka Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward. My colleague David Holley interviewed Ward, and you can read that here.
’90s alt-rock holdover the Goo Goo Dolls will kick off the 2010 Bend Summer Concerts series tonight. Another colleague, Adrianne Jeffries, spoke with bassist Robby Takac about being in a band for nearly a quarter-century.
We have fans from 6 to 60 coming to the shows, which is pretty interesting to me to watch, seeing the sort of generation gaps being broken … People with kids come to the show and they’re like, “Hey man, we’ve been playing your band for our kids since they were infants!” Since they were infants? For God’s sake, the kid’s got a beard!
Need more laughter in your life? Maybe you need to see Trainwreck — featuring Kyle Gass of Tenacious D — at Mountain’s Edge Bar in Bend tonight. Yet another colleague, David Jasper, shot the bull with Gass a couple of weeks ago.
Along with Gass, whose wigged alter-ego in the group is Klip Calhoun, Trainwreck also contains “biker-hayseed” Darryl Donald, also known as “Lee,” Jason Reed or JR.
“Klip is the gentle, maternal matriarch of the group; he nurtures the boys,” Gass explain ed while strumming his guitar in the background. “As contrasted to JR, who plays Darryl Donald, who’s kind of the fiery, quick-tempered, lead-singer type. So we’re kind of the mom and dad, and then the boys, as we call them, they all bow to our will.”
The “boys” are most of Tenacious D’s live and studio band: Shredman, Boy Johnny and Dallas St. Bernard.
“I’ve arranged it so I do little or no work out there,” Gass claim ed. “I don’t even pick up my own guitar. I assign everyone else, just because I pay, and whoever has the gold makes the rules.”
Also in this week’s music section: Morwenna Lasko and Jay Pun kick off the summer concert series in the old ghost town of Richmond, three Oregon-based hot jazz bands play the Hep Cat’s Ball at the Tower Theatre, an update on Last Band Standing, and Silver Moon Brewing has a big week of shows, including The River Pigs, Dela Project, Baki and Clumsy Lovers.
So … that’s the rundown. Weather’s getting warm, music’s everywhere. Leave me a comment and tell me what show you’re most excited about!
Now there’s a headline I never would’ve guessed I’d be writing.
But it’s true. Per the Old Mill District’s Twitter, today’s two additions to the Schwab’s Bend Summer Concerts series are ’90s alt-rock stars Goo Goo Dolls on May 28, and country music veteran Clint Black on Aug. 29.
Tickets will go on sale on April 3. Ticket prices and other details will be released on Monday.
If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering what these two acts have been up to. First, the Goo Goo Dolls. For one thing, they still exist. And they apparently have a new album coming out this spring. They’re from Buffalo, N.Y. and are best known for a string of hits in the mid- to late-’90s, most notably the touchy-feely acoustic strummers “Iris” and “Name.” They have a Twitter account, but it’s totally boring, all Ustream links and ticket pre-sale announcements. Gotta pick up the pace, Rzeznik!
Now, Clint Black. He was born in New Jersey but raised in Texas, and it’s the Texas that has stuck with him. Over the past 20 years, he’s had dozens of hit songs and sold millions of albums, plus he always wears a black hat, I think because his last name is Black. And, he’s one of the few country music superstars who records mostly his own songs. So props for that. Best of all, he has a Twitter account, too, which features classic one-liners like this one: “What’s with the protests against Capitalism?! Every country in the world has a capital!” And this one: “I was going to just lay around today but I decided to sit around instead. I might even stand around a little later! Can’t call me lazy!” Should I keep going?
Black and the Goos join Band of Horses and She & Him (May 30), Merle Haggard (June 20), Steve Miller Band (July 16) and Willie Nelson (Sept. 17) at the Schwab this summer. For more info, visit the Schwab’s Web site.