OK first off...amazing show at the Metro in Chicago tonight. BJM and Magic Castles both blew my mind. But Anton kicked it off about 25 min before Magic Castles started by jacking a dude in the face. There were only like 40-50 people on the floor at the time, and only 4 or 5 people saw it, cuz it happened behind most of the crowd. Anton walked right by me (I was with my friends near the back of the Metro floor, by the soundboard), and when I turned to ask my buddy if he saw him, he said, "Dude look, Anton just jacked that guy in the face!" I looked and Anton was 10-15 feet away, and was fleeing the scene and heading backstage while another guy was being helped up. Then a couple security guards followed Anton through the side door by the stage. According to my friend, some dude (prolly in his mid-20s it looked like) jumped out at Anton, all excited, and Anton just freaked and decked him. Another person was saying that Anton kicked him as well, but neither me or my buddy saw that, and I only had my head turned for a second, so I think he was exaggerating. I was freaking, though, thinking he may get arrested or something. But according to a security guard I talked to, Anton later gave the guy a hug backstage and a signed t-shirt or something.
What a way to start the show! I was just telling my "casual fan" buddy that Anton's not as crazy as he was portrayed in 'DIG,' that there was hundreds of hours of footage over a 7-year period, edited into a linear 100 min. storyline. Then that happened! At least I got an authentic BJM experience. They rocked the jam session that night, and Magic Castles were at or near the same level, imo. I was in total innerspace for their set especially, partially due to the hypnotic wall of sound and droning Farfisa organ, and partially cuz I was still high at that point! Too bad it was nearly impossible to get recharged for the BJM in that place. But yeah, if you're going to a show, make sure you get there early for Magic Castles. Definitely one of the best "newer" psych bands around. Especially if you like a little 60's-ish west coast folk-rock with your shoegaze.