I have to admit something: I have no idea where the band is today. (Here’s a quiz – does the BAND even know?!) I know they either were or maybe still are in Istanbul, but without looking at their tour schedule, I really don’t know. All I do know for certain is that this is July 10th where I am, and I recently saw a set list that I had to look twice at to be sure I was really reading what I thought I was reading…and it’s true, Taste the Summer was on the setlist for Istanbul! At first, well, after making sure I really read that correctly, my reaction was more along the lines of horror. “What? THAT song?!? Really. REALLY? Out of all of the songs in their catalog they picked THAT one?” What’s funny here is that Amanda did a sort of poll recently on our Facebook and Twitter accounts. To make a long story short, Taste the Summer was the one song on the final list of songs that people do not wish to ever hear again that was not currently found on their setlist. (I hope that makes sense. Basically – they don’t typically play the song live and yet the fans still don’t wanna hear it.)
Now, either the band is playing with Daily Duranie for doing that poll – ha ha very funny – or they want to show us how good it can really be. Assuming of course that they have no idea who we are or what Daily Duranie is (I think it’s pretty safe to assume), I am fascinated and curious why they chose to awaken Taste the Summer from it’s deep slumber. I am hoping to find a clip of it live from Istanbul on Youtube and see it. I suppose the obvious is that yes, it’s summer!
We’ve all mentioned that it feels about time they breathe some new life into the setlist. Just today I read an article on Yahoo music, and Nick mentions that they are not a selfish band. They don’t come out on stage and play only their new album with no other hits. This is true..and I suppose in this regard the band just gives, gives, gives! Many of us (myself included) have slammed them for not playing new stuff, gems from the back catalog, etc. Well, they’ve played something different now. While it might not have been an obvious choice to me (I still stand by Secret Oktober and Late Bar even though they played SO in Brighton and I love them for it….and I’m not afraid to say so.), I have to admit my curiosity has been peaked. Mostly I wonder – when on earth did they find time to practice this, and if they can pull this out of the bag, what ELSE can they do?!?
I really hope this is not a one-time thing. It’s really nice to hear things we wouldn’t expect, and I have to admit – I sure wasn’t expecting Taste the Summer. They’ve got me looking forward to August when it’s my turn to see them again!
Speaking of August, have I mentioned my fear of melting in the Biloxi heat while braving the General Admission line hoping for my one and only shot at front row?? If there were ever a moment where I wish I had an “in” with the band, I’d beg them to take mercy on Daily Duranie and get us to the front rail without having to die in that line all day. Yes, I know – keep dreaming. We ALL have dreams,right? Hopefully that dream will keep me from heat stroke that day!