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Thursday, August 11, 2005

Lee is Free

This picture is of Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth noodling away on stage at the Primavera Sound festival in Barcelona in late May of this year. A friend and I flew there from Dublin specifically for this one magnificent moment. It was a culmination of years and years of geeky fandom on my part, and The Youth didn't disappoint. Earlier on that day, we went to see Lee's experimental side project Text of Light and actually got to meet the man himself. Well... I use 'meet' in the broadest sense of the word because all we did was stand around by the stage after the gig and try not to make fools of ourselves, and Lee walked right up to the group we were standing in and said "Hi!". Some other dudes handed over a demo of their (no doubt unlistenable) band and Lee, gracious as ever, accepted it. He just seems so earnest and grounded, completely different to what you would expect from a Big Star in a Big Band. Ok... some of you may be saying that SY aren't your typical Rolling Stone covershoot, Cristal-gargling, groupie-banging hedonists but they're still pretty fucking big. They drew the largest and most enthusiastic crowd of the festival by far and you get the feeling they would have been torn limb from limb had they not encored their set with a blistering 'Teenage Riot'. This after playing a surreal and most excellent version of their anthemic tour-de-f0rce 'Expressway to yr skull' from 1987's EVOL. Click here for more Primavera pics.

Goddam I can't wait to see them again on the 19th here in Dublin.

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