Mercer Arena - Seattle, USA
By MATT (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Nine friends and I arrived at the Mercer Arena in downtown Seattle at about 7:25 p.m. As we walked in, Handsome began playing. Everyone loved them and they got the pit started early. I heard many people say that they were going to get the Handsome CD.
After Handsome finished, there was a 30-minute pause for equipment setup before Local H came out. When they played all of their songs, they announced that silverchair would be out shortly and the crowd erupted. The stage crew began setting up the Freak Show stage backdrop, which now features heat coils like the ones in the Freak video instead of the circus sideshow freaks as it had in the past.
It took about 50 minutes to setup the stage before silverchair came out. Here's the setlist in order:
There were two things I noticed immediately: one was that Daniel looked as if he was going to fall asleep at the beginning of the show. The other was that the drums had so much power to them. They sounded so much better than the first two bands. Daniel talked to the crowd more than at any show I've seen or read about in reviews. On one occasion, he spoke for about three minutes straight. Unfortunately, I couldn't understand a single word because the volume was so loud and because of his accent. I remember the last thing he said, and it was "Oh, ha ha ha, this girl just showed me her boobs and asked me how they look!"
Before Abuse Me, Daniel said, "We've got another guitarist for this song. He used to play for Black Sabbath. He's also our sexual guidance counselor, and he shows us all the various methods of masturbation. This song has been played on the radio sometimes." After about the fourth song, Daniel said it would be the last song of the night and everyone got pissed and he said, "No, no! Just kidding!"
Other quotes that I remember:
- "You guys rock the house, and yeah, that's all I've got to say."
- "I don't really have much to say except an occasional thank you every now and then."
- "Last time I played here, no, it wasn't here, yeah, there was this, no that wasn't here, sorry guys."
Some things about the music were different too. The first five songs sounded about the same as last time I heard them live, but Cemetery was improvised a bit. Daniel sang it differently and added in some guitar parts at the end. The Tomorrow guitar solo has changed a lot too -- it's longer and it has been changed dramatically -- it's basically a new solo.
The Door was a definite highlight and Daniel improvised the guitar parts, not a lot, but he played the main part with vibrato the whole time. They extended the ending part of Faultline a lot. In Madman there was a guitar solo -- I've never heard one in that song before. It looked like he was going to solo more, but it seemed like he messed up and cut back into the normal rhythm part of the song.
After Madman, the band left the stage, someone came out and adjusted Ben's drum set and Bailey Holloway, silverchair's stage crew chief, came out and tuned Daniel's silver PRS guitar. The crowd chanted "SIL-VER-CHAIR! SIL-VER-CHAIR" for about five minutes and then everyone stopped. People were asking others if the show was over, then others started booing. I knew it wasn't over so I wasn't worried. Finally, they came back out and began playing The Closing. The pit was as heavy as it had been in The Door and Madman. I had never heard The Closing live. It kicked ass, but the only disappointment of the night was during this song, when they stopped and Chris' bass line came in and the song started rocking. Daniel didn't sing the lyrics "Me and shame are the same, me and shame take the blame. Me and pain are the same, me and shame take the blame." The Closing still rocked -- it was one of the best songs of the night -- but the best vocal part of the song wasn't sung.
Next was Israel's Son which Daniel played with his silver PRS, not that that's a big thing, it just that he has always played it with his green PRS. The pit was crazy; I saw one guy go out with blood all over his face, and another guy had a broken leg. I don't know how they got him out, but as soon as he got out, he couldn't walk any more and he collapsed on the floor.
At the end of Israel's Son, Daniel threw his guitar in the air and caught it by the fretboard. He didn't bash the cymbals with his guitar as he sometimes does, and he didn't stay out on the stage making all those weird effects like he usually does. All three members left at the same time. Ben threw his drumsticks to the crowd, Daniel climbed up on his amps and laid on them for a second, then went over to the other side of the amp and left the stage.
One other note: Flea and Anthony Kiedis from the Red Hot Chili Peppers were there. They walked through the crowd about halfway through the show and went backstage immediately. Not many people noticed them.
By CARRIANA (PRES_ICWSL@msn.com)
Five friends and I arrived in Seattle at about 11:00 a.m. to spend the day there. We decided to go to the Mercer Arena first to see what was happening there. We chatted with the security guards who informed us that the bands had not arrived yet except for Local H. We chatted with the guards for a bit, waited some more and much later, Bailey Holloway arrived (silverchair's stage crew chief and second guitarist on the live version of Abuse Me). He was extremely nice and was cool about talking to us.
After going inside, we found some good seats, since last time I saw this band, I was up in front of the pit and don't remember much of the show. As I was wandering around the arena, I spotted Bailey again. I said hi, we talked very briefly, but he seemed busy, so I let him go.
My friend Vicky was off wandering around while we were saving our seats, but she came back and waved for us to come quickly. We followed her to the hallway, and standing in the hallway was a very bald Ben. He was talking to a radio interviewer and we waited for him to finish. When they were done, someone commented on his new 'do. I told him it made me laugh. He told me to shut up. I laughed. Then he asked me why it made me laugh, and I told him it was just because I wasn't used to it. We talked to Ben for a bit and got his autograph, but then too many people were noticing him, so we left, and went back to our seats.
Handsome started soon thereafter, and since two of my friends had purchased their CD a while ago, I was very familiar with the songs. I liked Handsome's performance a lot. They are a very good band.
After Local H and some time for stage setup, silverchair came out to the ever familiar circus tune. They started right into Slave, with the now-trademark pauses between each of the first sets of chords.
Daniel didn't say much but thank you a few times until a little more than halfway through the set. His comments included "You guys are rockin' the house." And after some chick apparently showed him (and everyone else) her boobs, he said, "Some girl just showed me her boobs and asked me how they look -- they look pretty good!" I laughed. And before they played Abuse Me, he introduced Bailey as a former member of Black Sabbath and said, "He is also our sexual guidance counselor, he helps us masturbate." This comment came as no surprise to me.
Before Cemetery, he informed everyone that he would be doing the song by himself. Before The Door, he said it was going to be their last song. People got mad, so he said he was just kidding. Before No Association, he apologized for not saying much all night and then started talking for about three minutes. He was talking about things like feedback, and hums. I think it was along the lines of "We've got feedback," then he'd play his highest string, and let us hear it and said "See, did you hear it?" Then he said "We have adopted a hum (talking about the feedback), it's our new pet, it follows us wherever we go." It was funny. I don't think many people caught that one.
The whole time, I was going as wild as I could while being in a seat. And when Madman came on, I got even crazier, and had to force myself to go into the pit (OK, I wanted to go). I came back out when the song was over and sat down. silverchair had left the stage, but I didn't worry, I knew they would be back. Everyone was getting restless, and people started chanting "sil-ver-chair SIL-VER-CHAIR!" I would've joined, but I was so tired I could barely move. So they came back out after about five minutes and were greeted by the crowd with cheers and screams from the teenies who somehow managed to survive all of the people wanting to kill them all night. The 'chair broke into The Closing, and then Israel's Son for the encore. Both were quite good, but The Closing was a bit different than on the album. They didn't do their usual stunts at the end of Israel's Son and Daniel used his silver PRS instead of his green Page Hamilton PRS. Instead, Daniel threw his silver PRS in the air and caught it at the top of the fretboard, then dropped it to the ground before weakly jumping on top of the amps. He laid there for a second or two, then went down the other side and left the stage. Chris and Ben left at the same time -- there was no stage diving, no crashing into the drum kit -- they just left. So we all filed out of the Mercer Arena and went to the car.
Review by KATHLEEN THOMAS (SEThomas4@aol.com)
I saw silverchair for the second time, on Sunday, April 13. My two other friends and I, came early about 2:30, but the silverchair bus was already there. We waited forever for them to finish their soundcheck, and when they did we saw them walk by to the bus to have dinner with the winners of a local radio contest. My friend knew one of these people. Ben's head looks better to me, and I'm sure he's happy that he doesn't have to mess with it while drumming.
We decided to not go inside until the band did, so we waited and they came by so I got some pictures, although I hope they will turn out. We then went inside, sat down on the ground, and talked to the people we knew that hung out with silverchair. They said they didn't really get to talk to them much because for a awhile they went to the back of the bus. One of the girls was talking about how cool Daniel's eyes are and stuff like that. I thought the first band Handsome sorta sucked, they were way too loud and my eardrums were about to explode. I liked Local H though they were really cool, and had so much talent.
silverchair took forever to start like the last time they were in Seattle; they came out with the same circus music, but didn't have that backdrop they had heat coils in the background like the ones in the Freak video. The started off the set with Slave, which had the long pauses in the beginning, then Roses. The others I'm not sure of the order.
Some things Daniel said that I can remember were, before the Door, he said something like "we bring the hum from the microphone wherever we go, the song is about the friend of the hum"
During the show some chick showed Daniel her boobs and asked them what they look like. He said to the crowd "(laughing) There is a girl showing me her boobs and asking what they look like, ah they look great...stop sending me messages."
Before Abuse Me, Daniel said about the other guy playing guitar, "He's our sexual guidance counselor, he shows us various ways the masturbate"
All in all it was a blast.