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24th September 2007

10:29am: start of the Tiger Army 2007 "Razor's Kiss Tour" - Ventura Sept 21, 2007

So Thursday night I arrived at LAX, picked up my rental car (I hate those Dodge Calibers because they have awful blindspots in thecback but its still better than the minivan they tried to pass off as an economy car!) and headed on up to Ventura so I could sleep in. Or at least try, still having some serious insomnia issues :(

Relaxed as best I could Friday AM/afternoon & then headed into downtown Ventura, cool little town with lots of neat shops & art galleries & antiques store. Said hi to Albert and got in line, met some cool folks & talked music. Since I was really beat I decided ot to try stay up front the whole night & just opted to go in between the stage & the barrier for photos for the first 3 songs of each band.

Imperative Reaction were up first, my 2nd time seeing them (they'd opened for Tiger Army at one of the Anaheim shows in Feb 2006) and I really enjoyed their set, got some good pix I'll have to post later as they are still on my laptop as LaQuinta's wireless kept going down so I didn't get them uploaded... Followed up by the Street Dogs (again have seen them open for TA before in the summer of 2005)

Finally time for Tiger Army - the opening night of their "Razor's Kiss" 2007 headlining club tour.

They have a new backdrop on the stage with a giant Tigerbat against the "wallpaper" off the new album. The setlist was a great mix of old and new, of the new songs I was especially delighted that they played "Pain" which is particularly beautiful. Also to treat to hear "Trance" for the first time in 4 years so I was very happy to hear that one again - the last time I'd heard it was back at the Agora in Cleveland in November of 2003 when they were opening for Rancid! :)

For the encore they did a very cool thing ,when they came back on they started with the opener for TAIII/Ghost Tigers Rise and then went from that into "Toward's Destiny", followed by "Forever Fades Away"


Setlist:
Prelude: Signal Return
Hotprowl
True Romance
Ghostfire
Valley of Dreams
Afterworld
Rose of the Devil's Garden
Power of Moonlite
Pain
F.T.W.
LunaTone
Trance
Cupid's Victom
Nocturnal
Never Die

Encore:
Prelude: Call of the Ghost Tigers/Towards Destiny
Forever Fades Away


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Current Mood: nostalgic
10:31am: "There's Nothing in the world like a Southern California Night"

Tiger Army at the Grove, Anaheim CA - September 22, 2007


Saturday morning I drove down from Ventura to Long Beach & met up with Mary, Alex & Rachel at Alex & Rachel's apartment - great location right off the main strip (2nd Street)in LOB and walking distance to tons of great little shops & restaurants. Had a great lunch at the Shore House & got to play with their teeny little siamese kitten Efram they'd just gotten - what a doll!!

Anaheim was one of the absolute best Tiger Army shows I've ever seen (and this was, what, 74??)) - It's really great to see them selling out such a huge (and posh) venue & folks were so into it & singing along, and man what a great setlist, I'm still tripping over them digging out "Trance" and glad to see "Santa Carla Twilight" and "Through the Darkness" back in the set list as from the Record release show to the Warped tour they were only doing one track from TAIII (Rose of the Devil's Garden).

I had suuuch a great time, met some very cool folks, especially ones sharing the stories behind their TA tattoos, got some GREAT pictures as the lighting was wonderful for working without a flash (too bad the venue was so anal that I had to take the camera back to the car after I shot TA & it was hard not to cry when I could hear them playing "Rose of the Devil's Garden" from the parking lot as I missed my favorite song) I fretted over leaving it in the rental car but thankfully it was OK, some venues are just weird & the Grove is more anal than the House of Blues if you can believe that!)

Ran into lots of people I know including Stace from the DF & Daphne from Texas & Ozzie from the Black Rose Phantoms was industriously flyering after the show & selling BRP merch out of the trunk of his car (I kid ya not, Alex got their full length CD & I picked up one of the angel T shirts)

So glad I made it out & I'll definitely be back in SoCal for the 2 Wiltern shows and meanwhile I'll do it all again the weekend of Oct 5 at the 3 Florida gigs & many others. Considering what else I've been through lately I'll be glad to be out of the apartment a lot of weekends this fall & keep my mind off things.

Tour update: Imperative Reaction will only be on the tour thru the Texas dates as their drummer is going out with VNV Nation so the Static Age will be joining the tour early.


Setlist:

Prelude: Signal Return
Afterworld
True Romance
Santa Carla Twilight
Hotprowl
Rose of the Devil's Garden
Cupid's Victim
LunaTone
Trance
Incorporeal
Forever Fades Away
Pain
Through the Darkness
F.T.W.
Never Die

Encore 1:
Temptation/Towards Destiny

Encore 2:
Annabelle Lee

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Current Mood: accomplished
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