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Europeans don’t say “woo”, but I do! I met Kristin Hersh!

By Abby at 9:04 pm on Monday, April 30, 2007

With your bright yellow gun, you own the sun.

I first saw Kristin Hersh in 1988, and I’ve seen every iteration of her music/performance since. I’ve seen her in Atlanta, in London… I traveled to a Throwing Muses gig in Cleveland once during college that was “canceled due to illness”. I think I just about cried. My ex-husband and I first connected over our love for her music. Our first “date” (as friends at that point) was a TM gig. I saw her perform when she was VERY pregnant in Atlanta in the late 80’s. I saw her while I was in grad school in Bloomington, Indiana performing with Andrew Bird and Howe Gelb. I went by myself to a WONDERFUL gig at the Orpheum in London in 2003. All the people around me thought it was so cool I’d seen her in America! I remember driving with my friend Melissa from Atlanta up to Oberlin in Northern Ohio singing “Walking in the Dark” at the top of our lungs over and over and over. I saw her do a very special gig last August at The Middle East in Cambridge. Her newer band, 50 Foot Wave, “opened” for Throwing Muses. In the middle was a delightful gang of kids who were remarkably skilled and entertaining. She’s been on constant rotation in the soundtrack of my life for 20 years now. Her ventures into new ensembles has made her continually interesting to me, and then of course there is her voice, her intensity, her lyrics… and her collaborators aren’t half bad either. She’s not known for being social. I’ve seen her leave after every show. I’m sure some rabid fans have met her, but I don’t force myself on musicians unless they present themselves as open to it. Last night, she announced that she’d be selling CDs from the stage. I finally met her. I got to actually talk to her. Then on the way out, I actually met and spoke with Bernard Georges, her longtime bass player for TM, 50FW, and for this version of her solo act. Both of them were a delight, normal, gracious, sweet, and silly. I know she isn’t the most famous person in the world, but she means more to me than most “real” famous people. What a great experience. I’m a happy fan girl!
I just met one of my idols!

I didn’t ask for an autograph. I was holding a set list, which is also not something I aimed to acquire. I usually leave them for the younger “collectors”. I was snapping a picture when a man on the stage asked if I’d like it. Noone was racing, so I accepted his kind offer! When she saw I was holding it, she offered to sign the back. Thanks, Kristin! She even drew a picture. I didn’t recognize it right away. I asked what it was. She said it was a guitar, but it was a mess up “Meat Puppets” guitar!
Kristin Hersh and a Guitar

Here’s some video of great banter and “Gazebo Tree” I took at the gig:

Here’s the whole set of pictures from last night’s gig.

There are a million more things to say. Hell, I’m thinking of having Katy write up the whole thing, since she was coherent, and I was starstruck. Maybe there will be some guest blogging soon! Cool, cool, cool!

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Comment by sharon

April 30, 2007 @ 11:37 pm

i’m just following the rules: #8. how fun to read your post KH-concert comments. (is it true that you’re “grammatically naziesque? if so, note appropriate use of hyphen.)

i, too, have been a TM/KH/50FW fan for 20 years. i saw TM for the first time in omaha in 1988, and have seen her perform all over for nearly 2 decades. though kristin never misses tours due to pregnancy, i missed “the grotto” tour, which coincided with the birth of my son. so it’s hard to overestimate how excited i am to see her THIS saturday in phoenix, sunday in tucson and the following weekend in san fran (a mother’s day gift). WOOO HOOO!

glad to read about a kindred spirit!

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Comment by Abby

May 1, 2007 @ 5:51 am

Oh very cool! You’re going to make up for lost time. Although, according to my ex, the gig I saw was identical to the one he saw recently in England, so you’re probably going to get three fairly identical shows… Not that that’s a huge problem!! What a treat! And if you’re lucky, she’ll be in rare social form then, too. I’m still riding high about getting to meet her. 😀

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Comment by Nicole

May 1, 2007 @ 5:06 pm

SO COOL! Listening to Throwing Muses makes me think of you and UGA days. I think I still have a mix tape you made me all those years ago, complete with heavy TM representation! And folks, by mix tape, I don’t mean the romantic gift kind, I mean the ‘my friend Abby is the COOLEST!’ kind. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

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Comment by Dianne

May 1, 2007 @ 6:53 pm

I got here by way of Steve’s pictures and the “Meat Puppets” guitar. I’ve never heard of TM/KH/50FW or George and was curious about the link. Of course once I got here I had to read. Then I saw THE RULES and this is my comment. Knew you were an interesting person from the start.

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Comment by kristin

May 1, 2007 @ 8:05 pm

WOOOOOOO Indeed!!!

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Comment by Abby

May 2, 2007 @ 1:31 am

Haha, Nicole. Mix tapes didn’t always mean romance, people. Get your head out of the gutter!

That Meat Puppets guitar is cool. I love it. I wonder which Steve you mean (DefMo? Garfield?). Is it the normal Dianne commenter? So many questions. Will have to look into it!

WOOOOO for all Kristins great and small!

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