There are a few things in NYC that I would have liked to have been a part of while they were still around. Seeing Les Paul play at the Iridium, Seeing RENT while it was still on Broadway, Going to Blll's Gay Nineties before it closed - and of course getting to watch a show at CBGB's.
Some of these opportunities will never again be possible; but thanks to the good folks at Icelandic Glacial I was able to see a show at the John Varvatos Gallery at 315 Bowery - the old location of CBGB's. John and his team did an amazing job of preserving what was left of the old club, even adding several items that are in keeping with the feel and flavor of the birthplace of punk music.
Already a huge Paul Weller fan, it just so happened that he was putting on a private show last Thursday night, and I jumped at the chance to be able to see Paul in such an intimate setting.
New York is one of those funny places. There's over 8 million people here, but it is really just like any other town. People run in close circles, and it's very likely to bump into people anyplace, anytime.
I was happy to run into Matt Pinfield at the show - as we hadn't seen each other in over a year. As soon as I saw him, I knew it was going to be a good night. And it was...
Thanks to the super swanky tickets Icelandic Glacial gave me for the show, my escort and I were able to watch the show from the sidestage with all of the VIP's. For a brief moment, I felt like one, too.
John Varvatos was a gracious host, and made everyone feel like they were his most important guest. I might not wear men's clothing, but I will be sure to patron his brand in the event that I find myself buying a gift of that nature in the future.
But on to the show… Paul Weller, a.k.a. - the Modfather, put on an fantastic show. I was busy fanning out and shaking my groove thing, so my video of the show (captured on my iPhone) is shaky at best. The audio, however, showcases the epicness of the new tracks on Paul's newest release. Feel free to listen to the following clip below of Paul's newest single, "Dangerous Age."
Even though he put on performances the following two nights at the Best Buy Theater, I knew I was part of seeing something special. And even though the show was a perfect length, I couldn't help but feel sad that it was over.
Either way, I got to see a legend. Feel like part of a community. Meet a famous clothing designer. See a show at the old CBGB's. And order sushi from an iPhone app - timing it to be delivered within five minutes of arriving home from the show.
Only in New York City… Check. :)