AIR is from France. They don’t come here much. That was enough reason for me to go. Being Frenchy’s and all, you would think they would be the fashionably late type, but doors were at 8 PM and AIR was on by 9PM. Needless to say I missed the beginning. It was mostly predictable – really loud ambient electro-pop. They brought a pretty good drummer along to flush out the songs for a live setting. Their finale was the peak – “La Femme d’Argent” the soft, spacey intro on Moon Safari was where AIR showed dynamic, live capability. The song had drum solos, a few climactic build and release moments, and shifted from trippy to heavy and back again with competent improvisation …. and condescending French laugh – now: haw haw haw haw!
“Kelly Watch the Stars” – I’m not really “free” to record at Hard Rock, hence the shitty perspective, but it sounds good and there’s a great shot of the giant Pong game on the screen.
“La Femme d’Argent” (end) – Best song of the night. Too bad I wasn’t paying attention and didn’t get the whole thing.