Setlist: Jenny Was a Friend of Mine | Somebody Told Me | Smile Like You Mean It | Mr. Brightside | Under the Gun | Midnight Show
“They walked on stage, four ordinary looking lads. Young, especially the singer / keyboard player. I liked that, to start with. I’d not seen a lead singer with a stand-up keyboard stand in years. They were clearly American, sounded like a happier Interpol. There was quite a bit of that coming out of the States at the time, bands mixing vintage British post-punk sounds with something a bit more pop and cheerful. The lyrics were great, too, a bloke accused of killing his girlfriend protesting his innocence… and then, yeah, my mate was right. Half way through the song the frontman set down his microphone and played this incredible 1982-style-electropop one finger synth solo; I was hooked. Just seven months later the song, “Jenny Was A Friend of Mine”, would rocket up the world’s charts as the opening track on The Killers’ debut album “Hot Fuss”; by then they were pop stars." (X)
This is Chester. When I was in Afghanistan I got a care package from one of those “Adopt a Soldier” programs that lets families send care packages to service men and women who are deployed overseas. Anyway, I got this care package, and it came with the usual stuff: Baby wipes, crackers, peanut butter, the Dad threw in a pack of cigarettes, and there was some jerky. But there was also a little beanie baby gold fish and a hand written note from a 7 year old girl that said
“Dear Soldier, (I wasn’t even mad)
I hope you are doing well. I’m sorry you have to miss thanksgiving with your family. This is my friend Chester. He keeps me safe from monsters, but I think you need him more than I do. I hope he keeps you safe from the monsters you’re fighting. Take good care of him for me”.
You bet your ass that little fish was in my pocket every time I went on patrol.
IT KINDA HIT ME THAT SOMETHING HORRIBLE COULD HAPPEN TO ONE OF MY INTERNET FRIENDS AND I’D NEVER KNOW AND I’D SIT HERE AND WAIT AND WAIT FOR THEM AND THEY’D NEVER COME BACK SO I JUST WANT TO SAY I LOVE ALL OF YOU OKAY NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU GUYS OR TO ME OR ANYTHING OKAY I LOVE ALL OF YOU SO MUCH