A ticket stub from a Jon Spencer Blues Explosion concert on November 5, 2004 at the Metro in Chicago. About a day before, I went to get a slice at Santulo’s Pizza in Wicker Park. They had a stack of free tickets to this show at the register so I grabbed one. While their shtick has not aged well for me at all, back in 1993 or ‘94, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion was a stellar live band. Their energy was completely off the scales. Within a few years, I thought the act got pretty old, and I stopped going to see them. Still, this was a free show, so I figured, what the hell? Unfortunately the circumstances were less than great. George W. Bush had just been reelected, which was extremely fucking depressing, and even Jon Spencer couldn’t refrain from commenting (abstractly, of course) that things were bad. The crowd at this show was jam-packed with frat boy douches, and maybe worst of all, Russell Simmons, who used to wallop the ever living fuck out of his drums, wasn’t really hitting very hard anymore. I think I stuck around for about 45 minutes and then felt like I should leave before I started feeling worse. An explosion of blues, indeed. I think I missed all of The Ponys’ set because I don’t remember it at all.