Monday, June 15, 2009

Saturday night fever

Back at home after a lengthy afternoon, I ordered some pizza from The Colonnade, chilled out for a couple of hours, then headed over to Babylon for the grand finale to the Gaga Weekend. Not too many people in the place at 10 p.m., but then folks started trickling in, and by the time The Creeps crept on stage there were enough folks to line up in front three people deep.

The Creeps blast out the first set of the evening.

The Creeps, Babylon, June 13, 2009

"I've been listening to punk rock all day, and people can tell I'm climbing the walls!" were the words of J.P. Sadek before yet another crushing set from Tokyo Sex Whale, who definitely held the title of fest's heaviest band.

Tokyo Sex Whale, Babylon, June 13, 2009

The Statues can now call themselves Gaga regulars - they've played every one! Rob of course also played drums for The Joliettes, and Mike Fang could be seen at a bunch of other shows (including the previous night at Cozzie's).

The Statues, Babylon, June 13, 2009

Finally the Million Dollar Marxists finished things off with an explosion of dysfunction. the crowd basically went bananas from the first chords of Do The Emotion and didn't let up until the finale of Try Beggin'.

Steve and Luke shortly before all hell breaks loose.

The Million Dollar Marxists, Babylon, June 13, 2009

Luke gets a little carried away.

The Million Dollar Marxists, Babylon, June 13, 2009

Davey goes down!

The Million Dollar Marxists, Babylon, June 13, 2009

Big finish, with stage-invading drum-shoving and some probable inappropriate touching of Steve Adamyk. Marxists drummer Tim Ostler also wins the festival's iron man award for performing at every show.

The Million Dollar Marxists, Babylon, June 13, 2009

By the time it was all over, I'd say the phrase I'd heard most was a tie between some version of "This is great!" and "I can't believe this is happening, considering we've all been drinking since noon!" But just wait until next year!

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