2008 Music Democracy
posted by August 27 at 14:10 PMon
Though the Rage Against the Machine show is pretty packed, it’s still lacks any sense of magic or joy. The security for this show, organized by Tent City, and happening at the 10,500-seat Denver Coliseum, is striving to be as tight as the one at Pepsi Center.
As for the Common Market/Blue Scholars show last night at Cuernavaca Park, they dropped out of it because of poor organization. Anything to do with the radical left is in a state of confusion. A depressing state of confusion. And in a moment, the Rage Against the Machine show will end and possibly thousands of young people led by 60 anti-war veterans are going to march into downtown Denver (3 miles from here) without a fucking permit! The cops are gathering on the street across the coliseum. The press is waiting. A loud helicopter is in the sky. Something might happen.
But something special did happen last night at the Sherman Event Center. Two members of Death Cab for Cutie, Ben Gibbard and Chris Walla, played a wonderful acoustic set for the DNC. The audience loved the two musicians, and the two musicians loved their audience. The whole business was a happy one. And it made me feel that the radical left is not only outside of politics, but not there at all. If you are on the left, you are either in the party or you are nothing.