Loyal readers may recall last September's post in which Natalie, Simon, and I were lightninged out of a Death Cab for Cutie concert. An unusually powerful storm pummeled the Seattle area that night. We concluded, logically, that the bolts of fire raining down from the heavens were thrown by Thor himself because, being an old god, he hates loud rock-n-roll music. It's a bit ironic, don't you think? The guy who delivers deafening cracks of thunder is annoyed by awesome music. He must be a cranky god.
A week later, the band announced three back-to-back February 2020 shows at Seattle's historic Showbox at Pike Place Market. In Death Cab style, tickets were offered first to showgoers of the concert interrupted by Thor.
That's the recap!
Now, pop open a bottle of ice-cold Rainier Beer because it's time for a Death Cab do-over!
And to ensure your readability fun, this trip review is being delivered via the ever-popular picture-n-caption format.
Let's begin, shall we?
|Our approach to Seattle featured views of the Cascade's volcanoes from Mt. Rainier to central Oregon's Sisters. Pictured here is detail of Rainier's east slope. Did you know Mt. Rainier last erupted in 1894? It did!|
|The Link light-rail and the No. 44 bus was a super-efficient way to move from SEA-TAC to our destination in Seattle's Ballard area. Cost per person? $5.75! Pictured here is the Old Rainier Brewery from the light-rail. Did you know Rainier Beer is currently brewed in California? CALIFORNIA? And did you know Rainier Beer was a sponsor of the 1963 American expedition to Mt. Everest? It was! ... along with the American Tobacco Company ... the WHAT?|
|Well whaddayaknow! It's Jim Whittaker sporting a refreshing can of Rainier Beer! In 1963, Jim became the first American to summit Mt. Everest. I think we can all agree, there's nothing like an ice-cold beer at 29,029 feet in gale-force winds, grueling subzero temperatures, and air containing just 30% of the oxygen you'd have at sea level.|
|Speaking of oxygen, the American Tobacco Company donated 6,000 cigarettes to the expedition, but the climbers thought they were getting 60,000. Either way, that's a lot of butts and an odd high-altitude breathtaking adventure! Yes, every inch a real smoke ... and comfortably smooth too! Those in the know ... go for Camel.|
|Our concert evening began with a walk from Simon's Capitol Hill apartment to city center. The Seattle Times says Capitol Hill is "Pretty much Seattle's capital of everything cool." I'm not sure my Ballard-based brother would agree, but Cap Hill does have cool street art here and there. So take THAT, Ballard!|
Seattle is known as an unconventional city with its caffeine-charged coffee and craft beer culture; it's also an epicenter of all things tech-y and airplane-y. But less known is its pioneering use of promotional posters as utility poles!
|Pre-concert Getting your Brit on! at Elephant & Castle. The E&C serves authentic English pub grub, shows football matches on the big screen, and has a proper "billiard room with darts" ... which is an odd twist on billiards, but the Brits do things like that, like voting themselves out of the EU. I'm glad we've never been THAT crazy.|
|Nearly everyone who's anyone has played the Showbox. Founded in 1939, the venue has hosted musicians from Duke Ellington to The Ramones to Katy Perry. And then there was the infamous three-night engagement of Boise's own alt-rock fame band Built To Spill in 2003. Did you know that another Boise band -- Draw -- was the opening band for BTS? It WAS! And do you know who the drummer for Draw was? Yep! That would be me. Someday MY name will be on that mirror too ... as soon as I etch it in with a pocket knife!|
|Our view from sit-down seats (a real premium at the Showbox) was ideal, and Death Cab's performance was phenomenal. Perfect sound and their no-nonsense approach to delivering really great music made this do-over trip well worth it.|
|Yeah, there's one aspect of Seattle (and too many other cities) that sucks -- people without places to call home.|
|QUESTION: What travel blog post is complete without a plane's wing and clouds?|
ANSWER: No travel blog post ever!
Still, the point during ascent and descent when flying through the puffy clouds is always a bonus.
And so it was ...
A do-over concert that delivered the goods. If you're wondering about sampling Death Cab for Cutie, I recommend their most recent album, Thank You For Today; it's why the word awesome was created. As a matter of fact, I'm pretty sure even Thor would like it. He'd like it so much that he'd go crazy throwing bolts of fire to and fro ... and ... nope ... on second thought, don't tell Thor about the album.
Stay tuned for more from touralongwithtodd...
Until then... Ciao!
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