I was thinking this morning about how I will never see most of my favorite bands live. Unless I can get my hands on a time machine, I won't get to see Anita O'Day sing with Gene Krupa and his Orchestra, or watch Lester Young play his horn. Ditto for Marvin Gaye, Led Zeppelin, or The Ramones.
So you'd think I would have jumped at the chance when a couple years ago my all-time favorite band got back together and started to tour again. But I didn't. Why in the world would I *not* go see The Pixies live? I don't know. I suppose I worried that I would be disappointed. So many times, the real thing can't compare to the version that we build up in our minds. And yet. Sometimes it is as good. And sometimes it's better.
Well, I missed this year's US tour, but there's always next year. And in the meantime, we have YouTube!
The Pixies: Monkey Gone to Heaven