California inspires Jack Black.
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Jack Black’s touching and honest recollection’s made me miss those days. I out grew California in 2011 and decided to make my finances stretch a bit further toward a better quality of life. Oregon, we love you. Don’t worry. We’ve made a commitment and we are sticking to it.
Universal Amphitheatre known as the Gibson Amphitheatre in 2013 when the amphitheatre was closed and demolished to make way for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter– in my youth it was THE place to see a live show. Universal Amphitheatre was where you could actually hear an artist or band play as opposed to the stadium sound found at Dodger Stadium. I saw The Cure and Madonna at Dodger Stadium and while those shows were big attractions (Disintegration and True Blue era respectively) the Universal Amphitheatre was far superior venue to hear and listen to music:
Nine Inch Nails
Jesus and Mary Chain
Siouxsie and the Banshees
Sheila E with special guest, Prince
These shows helped me carve out my place as an artist, designer and creative professional in that with each ticket purchase I was very conscious of the fact that my hard earned money was going to support something that I considered creatively special and innovative. I was invested beyond the coolness of owning a CD or cassette tap. Sidebar: My favorite format has always been the EP and 12 inch.
I left Los Angeles in 1991 to an even better California experience where my coming of age included sex, drugs and yes, more rock and roll, not so much sex. It was AIDS era San Francisco. The Warfield; Bjork, PJ Harvey Underworld and Dead Can Dance to name a few.
Jack Black’s touching and honest recollection’s made me miss those days. I out grew California in 2011 and decided to make my finances stretch a bit further toward a better quality of life in Portland. Oregon, we love you. Don’t worry. We’ve made a commitment and we are sticking to it. We aren’t going anywhere but forward.
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