"To strive, to seek, to find and not to yield"
- Alfred Lord Tennyson, 1833

"live deep and suck out all the marrow of life"
- Henry David Thoreau, 1845

"Some guys, they just give up living
And start dying little by little, piece by piece
Some guys come home from work and wash up,
And go racin' in the streets."
- Bruce Springsteen, 1977

"...to the heart, there's no time for you to waste.
You won't find your precious answers now
by staying in one place."
- Frank Turner, 2009

"The best things in life aren't things.
They're living and breathing."
- Michael Franti , 2011

"I owned every second that this world could give,
I saw so many places, the things that I did"
- Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, 2014

All written content and photos by Rob Fulfer unless otherwise indicated.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Some Flaming Lips, a Couple Black Keys, a third Iron Man and a Great Gatsby

A great show and a couple of good movies filled up our first week of May:

Friday, May 3, 2013 - We were able to grab some general-admission tickets to the SOLD OUT show at The Bridgestone Arena for The Black Keys with opener, The Flaming Lips.  We had another tasty great dinner at Puckett's Grocery beforehand.
OK, they were a little weird (so what if lead singer, Wayne Coyne, cradled a baby doll through several songs) but the sound, fury and visual spectacle that is The Flaming Lips live was worth a look as the opener for The Black Keys.  We even "realized" that their song "Do You Realize" is actually a quite lovely ballad.  And their cover of David Bowie's "Heroes" was spot-on.  We had attempted to see them at Bonnaroo in the past but their set was well after midnight when the folks get even weirder on (and off) the stage.

The amazing Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys with one of several beautiful guitars he sported (and cranked up) throughout the show.  It was an excellent performance from start to finish and while it did not have the glitz and glamour to outdo our favorite show at the arena by Pink, it was definitely the solid second-best performance we have seen there.  With our general admission tickets allowing us to get just 20 or 30 feet from the stage, it was easy to forget you were in a full arena of people as these garage-band rockers did their magic.

Patrick Carney (aka Cymbal Face) keeps the driving beat that The Black Keys are known for. 

Below is a quick snippet of the duo blasting away along with a touring bassist and keyboardist.

Saturday, May 4, 2013 - We caught a showing of Iron Man 3 in IMAX 3D tonight and it was great.  Lots of action, humor and some good twists we didn't see coming.
Saturday, May 11, 2013 - We caught a showing on opening night of the remake of The Great Gatsby in 3D down in Chattanooga with our friend, Mike.  This film had a little extra significance to us three since we listened to the audio-book of it on the way down to Tallahassee back in February to see Duke play basketball against Florida State (see previous blog).  The book was quirky but we found it to be quite a kick, old sport!!  The film followed the book loyally and the acting performances were solid.  The sweeping grand visuals made it an even better experience.

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