I saw PJ Harvey in 2004, flew to Sydney – went with a couple of my best mates, it was incredible. Shortly after she announced she was retiring from stage-work. Well, she came back after a few years away and then I didn’t go to Auckland and see her again, and sorta wished I had. Wasn’t making that mistake again when she was in Wellington in 2017. I bought a ticket because I didn’t want to miss it and also, by then, I was done with getting freebies from most publicists and promoters. All damage was done. I was a laughing stock and not to be trusted and reviews were only allocated to people that wrote nice things always.
So I went with the ambition of just enjoying it – being a fan, and having a fan experience. But writing about things is part of processing it – so I was up early the next morning writing a review. Which got raved about and shared around and the fucking promoters shared it too of course. Lol. Oh well, it’s a rigged game with a stacked deck and I still got to see an amazing show. And I’m so glad I did.
Stubs is an occasional feature here at Off The Tracks – looking back through the ticket-stub box and remembering how the show went down.