“The Best Gig I Ever Saw” is a weekly column that will see us ask a musician to chat about their favorite concert thus far. This week it’s Pat Beers of San Diego fuzz rockers The Schizophonics…
Let me start off by saying that I usually don’t enjoy big arena concerts. Most of the time you’re watching ant-sized figures via the jumbo-tron, and my top ten favorite live shows I’ve witnessed were in small clubs. The one exception was Prince, who we saw during his 21 night stand at the Forum in Inglewood. A good deal of the magic of that show was the months leading up to it. Lety, my wife and bandmate, had recently gotten me back into Prince, and his music kept coincidentally popping up everywhere we went. There is sort of a running joke that Prince has supernatural powers, so all these purple synchronicities made me think maybe he did. We felt like if we said Prince’s name into a mirror three times, he would appear, so it was no surprise when two tickets for his forum show fell into our laps.
His show didn’t rely on a big lights, pyro, or projections – just his performance, which was soulful, spontaneous, and in constant motion. It didn’t matter that we were far away, he could somehow connect with everyone. It’s so hard to describe a great show in words, but some highlights include: Larry Graham playing bass on Sly & the Family stone medley, a surprise Shela E. performance of “Love Bizarre”, and an extended Prince butt-twerk thing (butt-solo?). Overall, this was the concert that set the bar for me of what a live show could be.
The Schizophonics play with Sex Beat, The Flytraps and Salt Lick at 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 12 at Alex’s Bar.

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