I was born December 12, 1990. That being said I appreciate a good nostalgic 90s concert, especially when it’s at my favorite venue the Hollywood Bowl. Last night we were honored with a very rare showcase of Daniel Johnston, The Breeders, and Neutral Milk Hotel. If you know anything about these bands you understand I’m not joking around when I say this was a very rare show.
The night started with Daniel Johnston slowly taking the stage with his walker. Daniel sat down behind his keyboard playing a very short set of only 25 minutes. I had been aware of Daniels previous mental issues and anxiety, but last night Daniel showed us a new side of him. I almost cried watching Daniel perform, his hands shook through out his short set and it almost made me cry. He ended his set with his famous song “True Love Will Find You In The End” which has been covered by artists such as Beck.
After Daniel ended his set I figured I had enough time to run to the bathroom. I was wrong. As I got down to the bathroom I could hear Kim Deal of the Breeders starting her set. I’ve seen the breeders before at FYF which was an amazing performance, last night at the bowl was no different. Although The Breeders weren’t exactly my high light of the night I can’t turn down a good 90’s grunge band. The Breeders played their one hit “Cannonball” among other lesser known songs. The only issue I had with The Breeders set was that it was too damn long in comparison to Daniel Johnston. I felt that they could have shaved off 15 minutes of their set so Daniel could play some other hits such as “Devil Town” and “Casper The Friendly Ghost”.
Once The Breeders ended their set I held on to my seat making sure I didn’t make the same mistake of leaving and missing the beginning of Neutral Milk Hotel. So the reason I say this is a rare show is because both Daniel Johnston and Jeff Mangum lost their cool when they saw a little fame coming their way and decided to hide their talents from the world for a good period of time.
Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel has been known to ban all forms of photography from his shows. Even the big screens had been turned off for his set. All eyes were on the stage. Neutral Milk Hotel played all their hits from “Holland 1945” to “aeroplane over the sea” and even “song against sex”. I was literally on the edge of tears. I felt like Aubrey Plaza in Parks and Recreation when she explains how Jeff Mangum is pretty much god. If you haven’t seen that episode go watch it now, and if you haven’t ever listened to Neutral Milk Hotel go buy their album now!