Dateline Boston: This is really happening
August 14, 2001–I was at Suffolk Downs with my friends seeing my first Radiohead show ever. For those unfamiliar, Suffolk Downs is Boston’s horse racing track. Previous to that night, I had never been there. All you need to know is that it’s both awful (isn’t all horse racing kind of awful?) and near Logan Airport. We gleefully smoked a ton of pot making merry horse and dog racing jokes. I couldn’t even bore you with a description of who said what. Memory does not serve. I do remember, however, what happened during the show.
The sun finally started to fucking set in that August blue that makes everyone want to live forever. But unfortunately, Radiohead was in a foreshadowing mood. Idioteque. During Idioteque the planes from Logan began to pound down overhead at rush hour pace. Low. Loud. Almost as loud as Radiohead.
Ice age coming
Ice age coming
Here I’m alive
The intensity of these words while the planes flew low (I mean dangerously low over the crowd) was terrifying. Women and children first. I felt like something really bad was happening or about to happen and please don’t assume it was a weed freakout. My friends all felt like something bad was going to happen also. The whole crowd’s energy implied something bad was about to happen.
Something bad was about to happen.
This was really happening.
I felt a message in the song and in the planes over head – that is, in the juxtaposition. Since that night I have learned a lot. I don’t believe in fate. But that night cross my hahhht there was an awful stink in the air and it wasn’t the horses’ shit from Suffolk Downs.
Well, if you want 9/11 synchronicity stories, I could tell you about the Radiohead concert at Suffolk Downs in August 2001. Foreboding cloud formation at sunset, plane flying directly overhead (Suffolk Downs is quite close to Logan Airport) at the exact moment that the "rain down" section of Paranoid Android begins, crowd erupted in cheers.
There were also strange vibes and ominous lyrics on Stereolab's Sound Dust, released shortly before 9/11.
coffin_dodger » 15 Dec 2019 20:13 wrote:Synchronicities are often a highly personal experience, but in some circumstances, it might be possible that it can be shared by multiple minds in a group setting. Maybe if it's a very powerful synchronicity, it could be transmitted via the same, or a similar, mechanism that spreads fear. I've only experienced fear in a group setting once - and I could swear I saw the wave coming towards me, felt it pass into me.
Cold and nasty, it was.
Later on in the show, something happened at the back of the crowd which brought a big roar from behind before everyone started pushing forward in a massive crush. It was actually quite scary and I remember my brother (who is 6'3" and solidly built) and I (as stated, 6'5" and also solidly built) tell my wife and sister to get in front of us as we locked elbows and held back against the crush. It was probably the most scared for my safety that I've ever been a show as the crowd was really surging hard and had they not let up, I'm not sure we could have remained standing more than another few minutes. It hurt!
Another great show (and they were great both times I saw them) was Radiohead. I saw them back in the end of August of 2001 at Suffolk Downs in Revere. It was a beautiful summer night--sky was clear and pink with sunset, and the air was warm. I went with my friend Anthony and we were able to get into the blocked fan area towards the front of the stage. We kept creeping closer and closer to the stage while the Beta Band and Kid Koala were opening up for them. I could see Thom jamming out in the wings of the stage. It was neat to see a member of the headlining band enjoying his opening acts! I worked hard at creating a pillow of sand at my feet that I could stand on but it didn't help because I still ended up with a fractured right foot from standing on my toes in platform flip flops the whole night. Since the venue was so close to Logan Airport, we were able to see airplanes fly over head: creepily low and loud. Weird to think that September 11th happened a little more than 2 weeks after this concert.
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