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Friday · July 18 2003

Tonight was a long stream of classic rock done badly.

Ben Lee opened for Fountains of Wayne. Ben Lee was very good and accompanied by just one person who alternately played guitar and keyboard. I only knew two of the songs he performed. The first was "Cigarettes will kill you" which he played at half time and threw me for a loop. It's an excellent song and Ben's voice carries just about anything. The second was his hideous version of "Surrender" by Cheap Trick. He was trying to have some fun and play a local cover. A+ for effort, C- for execution. He's a talented guy, but don't bother playing covers unless you know the words, k?

Fountains of Wayne were slick and excellent as expected. They played a good chunk of their newest album, Welcome Interstate Managers, which I'm most familiar with. During "Radiation Vibe" they cut into a classic rock medley of "Carry on My Wayward Son" (Kansas), "Let's Go" (The Cars), "Life's Been Good" (Joe Walsh), and "Sharp Dressed Man" (ZZ Top). It was a strange moment, but I got the feeling they do this type of thing at most shows. This was my first time seeing FoW, so I can't say myself. The whole interlude reminded me of Pat McCurdy's lap dances.

I ended the evening at Karaoke night at Carol's Pub. That's a trip and a half. I can't sing for crap, and neither can the people who do karaoke at Carol's. I heard "Greatest Love of All" (Whitney Houston), "Bed of Roses" (Bon Jovi), "When Doves Cry" (Prince), and many other songs sung badly.

What you had to say:
July 18 2003

Carol's Pub- huh Jay-i've unfortunately frequented there a few nights myself late night- pretty interesting place...

July 18 2003

You know it's like half a block from my place, right? I'm going back for the country band sometime on the weekend. That karaoke was some of the worst I've ever heard, honest.

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