It's 3 AM and I should have been in bed hours ago. I was in bed hours ago. I could not sleep. This is rare for me. I prize my sleep. I cherish it. I revel in my slumber. I've always been able to sleep easily and deeply. Tonight? Not so much. I tossed. I turned. I counted sheep. Okay, not really. That always kind of creeped me out and made me feel uncomfortable.
I finally reached for my iPad and started surfing the 'net and that's when I stumbled onto the recently revamped MarkLanegan.com. There's not much in the way of content there but there is a web store and would you believe they were selling three official bootleg recordings from his brief European tour? One of the challenges here with this new web site is that some of you may be new to me but I've been writing about music around the web for some time. Some of you know of my Lanegan worship. For those of you who don't, first off, welcome. I spent some time in Washington state in high school at the dawn of the so-called Grunge Movement. My two favorite -- and I would argue the two best -- voices of that movement were Lanegan and Layne Staley. I love Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Mudhoney, and many of the other bands who came from that area and era. Alice in Chains reigned supreme for me but Lanegan and Screaming Trees weren't far behind. I became an even bigger fan of his post-Trees solo career.
I decided I could not let one more day of my life pass without owning these. I didn't even know if the set lists were different one to the other but Lanegan releases music so infrequently and has never released live recordings. I've given the man's record labels a lot of money over the years but haven't been able to do so in awhile. It felt right. Besides, it's not Wednesday anymore. It's Thursday. I get paid today.
These three shows -- Leeds, London, and Melbourne -- are acoustic sets featuring Lanegan on lead vocal and guitarist Dave Rosser providing backing vocals. I've now been able to find set lists for two of the three shows and while there are several songs repeated between the two, there are some that were only played at one or the other. That's good enough for me. Besides, he's playing a lot from Field Songs and that's my favorite of his records. As far as I'm concerned this is money well spent and I plan to review / discuss these shows when the discs arrive but it's not lost on me that I'm losing money when I should be sleeping. I'm going to need you folks to start sending donations soon.