Babes In Toyland @ Irving Plaza (September 17)

Thursday night in NYC, I went to go see Babes In Toyland at Irving Plaza.

The band was formed in 1987 (I was at their first gig !) and disbanded in 2001.

So, this was a "reunion tour" for them.

I use to go see (and shot video for) Babes In Toyland in Minneapolis years ago. Their drummer, Lori Barbero, lived up the street from where I resided and I've always felt she was one of the nicest people that I've encountered in the music industry. She's a legend within the Minneapolis (and beyond) music scene and someone who I've always felt needed a street named after her in Minneapolis. She's been a real mover n' shaker in the music scene for years. So, I was thrilled to see the band on their. "reunion tour".

The band put on a great show with guitarist/lead vocalist Kat Bjelland really sounding energized and terrific along with the always cool Lori Barbaro on drums and their new rock solid bass player Clara Sayler rounding out the trio.

My favorite memory of the band is when I shot video for them in 1989 at the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis. The predominately all-male audience was completely out of control that night and some drunken neandrathal hit me with a beer bottle on my elbow – slicing it open. Oddly enough, although I was bleeding quite badly, I didn't feel the pain – nor realize that I was bleeding until after the show. Eventually, I had to go to the hospital and get stitches for the wound and still carry a scar from the incident on my elbow. For some reason, I consider that a good memory.

Attached to the blog is video from that infamous evening that someone posted on YouTube. I shot the video but, whomever posted it enhanced the audio (which was much needed).