Over The Weekend: Sonic Youth, Fox Theater, Pomona
|Kim Gordon stands center stage at Fox Theater, Pomona|
Ranaldo showed no ill effects from his broken wrist as he hammered away at his custom namesake Fender Jazzmaster guitar while singing lead on "Walkin' Blue." A triple attack of guitars and vocals from Gordon, Ranaldo and Moore had heads bobbing throughout the venue. Moore politely thanked the crowd for attending the rescheduled show and jokingly mentioned that Ranaldo broke his ankle while pointing to his wrist. "Anti-Orgasm" was, well, aurally orgasmic with sheets of noise and feedback--punctuated by vocal grunts--hitting the crowd right in the naughty bits.
Lee pulled a Jimmy Page--well, sorta--grabbed a violin bow and coaxed some dreamy sustained notes from his guitar for "The Sprawl." The punk vitrol of "'Cross The Breeze" had a pit breakout in the center of the floor as I noted that Steve Shelley might be one of the more under-appreciated drummers in alternative rock. The man is a monster behind the kit. Ranaldo could barely believe the response from the crowd during the second encore, asking "Are you all really from Pomona?" "Expressway to Yr. Skull" ended the evening with the kind of symphonic feedback swirl that Sonic Youth pretty much invented and continues to do better than any band on the planet.
Sic Alps opened the evening with a set of Rice Krispies-crackle, fuzz tunes. I have to tip my hat to them because how does one really open for Sonic Youth? They wisely thanked the crowd and Sonic Youth for letting them open the show.
The Crowd: People of all ages were dotted throughout the crowd. It definitely didn't feel like a Pomona audience as I am sure a number of people from LA made the trek. My guess is that about seventy percent of the concertgoers plan to attend Coachella.
Overheard: "We love Sonic Youth, but we wanted to watch Mark Ibold on bass," was spoken by two front-and-center Pavement fans. They were slightly jealous when I told them I saw Pavement and Sonic Youth together in 1995 at Lollapalooza.
1. "No Way"
2. "Sacred Trickster"
3. "Calming The Snake"
4. "Tom Violence"
5. "Walkin' Blue"
6. "Poison Arrow"
8. "White Cross"
9. "Malibu Gas Station"
11. "Leaky Lifeboat (for Gregory Corso)"
12. "What We Know"
13. "Massage The History"
14. "The Sprawl"
15. "'Cross The Breeze"
16. "Expressway To Yr. Skull"