Concert Reviews

Ash at House of Blues: Last Night I Was a Wayward Kid in Rural England Again

The last time I told you all a story about my teenage years, Billy Corgan got really angry. So I tell you this story in the hope that it will, for no apparent reason, anger Billy Corgan again.

I was either 14 or 15, and I was living in a tiny village somewhere in the English Cotswolds called Hook Norton. Bear with me, because this story gets better. I was slowly but surely discovering rock music, and I had maybe two or three friends, thanks to my inability to socialize with anything other than my Amiga 500.

We spent one glorious summer permanently round each other's houses, playing Micro Machines and Smash Court Tennis, and the whole time we only listened to three albums. Those albums were Nine Inch Nail's Downward Spiral, Green Day's Dookie, and Ash's 1977. I didn't say we were cool kids. We were not. We spent some time dabbling in the Games Workshop.

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