The Paranoias Recall Postal Service: Ralf Velazquez of the Paranoias told us about his Postal Service and King Gizzard experiences.
Ralf Velazquez: Theres two concerts i have to mention.
My girl and I scored tickets to the 10 year Anniversary to the Postal Service Give Up album release after scalpers got all the first day tickets. We literally got the last row at the Greek Theatre for the second night.
As my girl and I are walking up that hill to get to the Greek, I see a coworker who happens to work part time at the Greek… “Let me see your tickets… Alright. I’ll see you inside.”
We head inside, get two beers each, and start walking up the stairs. As we’re about to sit, I hear “Ay Ralf,” with a wave from his arm to come down the stairs. We head down. We go to the backstage room… “Hey, these guys are with me.” We get backstage passes and general admission tix. He walks us up to the GA section, double fisting beers the whole time.
The concert starts… I instantly realize all the GA ticket holders are hipsters. They dont sing a single song. They were just there for the hype. The show is awesome, towards the tail end, they play “Natural Anthem” which is the last song on their record. I know every word. I sing the song like it was written for me. Last line of the verse comes up and Ben Gibbard notices me singing every line and gives me a high five in front of everyone… I cried. This show was filmed…. And the boring hipsters made them choose the night one footage. But it was my favorite concert.
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