One For The Roadie: Radiohead #OccupiesNewYorkCity

In my two months writing this column, I’ve shown a tremendous love for Radiohead, my favorite living rock band. So that’s why I find it a personal affront that the group chose to wait until I left New York to make the city its plaything. For the past two weeks, the British band has holed up in the Big Apple and played around town like some artist-in-residency at a fancy college. Except, instead of poetry from the heart, Thom Yorke and company have been rocking the hell out of the city. Damn them.

Of course, there are many reasons that I would not have been able to see them. First, most of their performances have been pretty much closed off to the public. Half their performances were at “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” and “The Colbert Report,” which are hard enough to get into to begin with (unless you totally lucked out and randomly chose to get tickets to the show months in advance-if so, L’Chaim to you). However, add one of the greatest bands ever into the mix, and the tickets become damn near impossible to get your hands on. Secondly, the two Roseland Ballroom shows they did sell tickets to sold out about as quickly as you’d expect them to because it’s a relatively small room. I mean, RH blew my mind in the middle of a field in New Jersey with the Statue of Liberty behind them. Imagine a crowd of about 1,500? No wonder it was the hottest ticket since forever in New York City. Only the Yankees and a reincarnated Frank Sinatra get that kind of buzz. And for the prices they were going for outside the venue ($1,200 and up), my wife would have killed me once I got home (which was late – they went on at 10:40! My hypothetical NYC self has work in the morning!).

The last reason I would have probably not seen them is because I would’ve believed the rumor that they were going to jam out for the protesters at #OccupyWallStreet , which I believe is the official name given to the protest. So I would’ve forgot about selling a liver for tickets, skipped work, been caught up in the pepper sprayed masses, only to hear random drumbeats coming from the protesters, and not Phil Selway’s drum kit. Oh that would’ve made me sooo angry.

However, I’m in Austin and was able to see the band jam on TV from the comfort of my living room. Can’t you tell how happy I  am… soo, sooo happy! Oh look, they played “Street Spirit,” my favorite rock song ever… so happy. Excuse me while I go pepper spray myself.

For more cool videos and pics, check out Brooklyn Vegan’s recap of the Roseland Shows.

One For The Roadie: Kasabian Will Sing To New York On 9/11

As someone who lived through 9/11 in New York City, I tend to be cynical whenever it’s brought up to promote something. However, I didn’t get that vibe when Brit rockers Kasabian (who I’ve seen twice) announced that they would be playing a gig on top of a building during the weekend commemorating the events in New York a decade ago. They will be performing during a break in their European tour at a soon-to-be-disclosed location.

It was that day band front man Tom Meighan said changed his path in life. “I was at work and remember hearing 9/11 unfold on the radio. I remember going home and being in absolute shock. My mum had it on the news. It was… awful.” He realized how easily things could be gone, and he decided to make a run at music, and now he’s at the top of the UK music scene. And while he’s now celebrating successes, he knows what’s at stake with so much attention now placed on him and his band.

“It will be strange for us playing in the city on such a big weekend for New York people,” he told The Sun. “It will be emotional.” It will be a heavy burden, with this heavy anniversary coming on the heels of a near disaster like Hurricane Irene. As long as he understands that New York just wants to keep it real with his rock, then everything will be okay. Everyone loves an underdog.

New Look Knicks

The New York Knicks had a busy day on Friday. In two seperate deals Jamal Crawford and Zach Randolph were traded for forward Al Harrington and veterans Tim Thomas and Cuttino Mobley. The deals clear the books for the big free agency class of 2010 when stars like Lebron James and Dwayne Wade will be available to sign. The Knicks have had one of their best starts to a season in a long time. Come out to the Garden, welcome the new guys and see if the winning ways continue. Ticket City has great deals on all Knicks home and away games.

Rays Seek Redemption at “The House That Ruth Built”

After tonight’s loss against the Kansas City Royals at Tropicana Field, the Tampa Bay Rays (record 55-33) will have little time to sulk before they take the show back to Yankee Stadium.  The Rays, the first place team in the majors, have tasted defeat only twice in 13 games. Regardless that they won five out of the last six games on the road, their record at New York this year is only 2-2, and the Yanks are ready for a fight after losing three out of four at Tampa in May.  Be prepared for a duel this Tuesday and Wednesday, as Raymond the Seadog makes an appearance at the soon-to-be-no-more Yankee Sadium.  You can get tickets to the match-up on Wednesday, or catch some sun and some fouls in Tampa Bay this year.  If you decide to visit the park in Tampa, make sure to stop over and pet the Cownose rays located in clear view of play behind the center field wall.