Never trust a review written by somebody who has a well documented love of the thing they are reviewing. That being said, trust me…Biffy Clyro in concert at the Commodore Ballroom were incredible. Everybody should be so lucky to see an arena headliner in a 900 seat club. In Europe, they headline festivals with bands like Green Day and Eminem.
It’s hard to say why they were so great, exactly. My best guess is that the confidence and big personalities required to play in front of 150 thousand people carries over into a small setting, and they seem bigger and more confident. It’s not something I can really describe. You just have to experience it.
This was chapter 3 in the Arizona & Iain concert series. I hope to continue to add more chapters as long as the girl will go to shows with me. We’ve always had a love of music in common, ever since she was born. No matter how good or bad life was at any given moment, we could always stay grounded by sitting and talking about music for a few hours. Her taste has evolved as she’s grown up, so we don’t always like the same thing anymore, but I trust her opinions more than anybody’s. If she tells me to try a new band, I’ll give it a shot because she has good taste. She is a music lover.
Anyway here’s what we’ve done so far:
- Foo Fighters with Motörhead and Biffy Clyro in Missoula in 2011
- Thirty Seconds to Mars with Panic! At the Disco at the Hollywood Bowl in 2013
- Biffy Clyro with Morning Parade at the Commodore Ballroom in 2014
I traded in 1000 Airmiles for the plane ticket, so it was only $185 return for the taxes and fees. I paid about $90 for one night at the Days Inn downtown. Tickets for the show were only $30. It cost more to take the kids to see Van Halen at the Saddledome, and we had nosebleed seats for that. It was still great, because it was Van Halen…but Biffy at the Commodore was magic.
Special thanks to my pals (and fellow Biffy freaks) Alec and Jes for turning me on to the Moose Vancouver. All food on the menu is about $6, and it was delicious. It’s kind of a dive bar, and they play Iron Maiden and Megadeth all night. My kind of place.
I’m a lucky guy to be able to do stuff like this. Doing stuff is better than having stuff.
All along, all I’ve really wanted to be is a writer. So now I tell people that’s what I am, even though I haven’t earned a dime being a writer.
That being said, I’ll confess that once a day, every day, I wish I was still a musician. That was the one time in my life when I was cool.