So Thursday, I heard about Tokyo Police Club doing 3 secret shows around Manhattan on Friday. They were organized by The Wild Honey Pie and the exact locations weren’t all public until Friday morning. At first, I was unsure about going as I don’t usually wake up till 2. Since I woke up rather early Friday, I decided to try and make at least one show.
Constantly checking Twitter for updates on the locations, I found out that there would be three shows: the first on the West Side, one at Washington Square Park, and a third in Stuy Town. It was too late to make the third show so I set out to catch the second and final shows.
Once I got to Washington Square Park, I waited around the fountain and checked Twitter. I found out that the first and third shows had been cancelled. Tokyo Police Club would only be performing in Washington Square Park.
So began the long wait for the truck to arrive. Eric of the Wild Honey Pie had tweeted a photo of the truck so I kept looking for one that said Boston on the side. It was pretty cold that morning and my fingers had started to get stiff. I could barely feel them.
I met two other fans who had been waiting. We kept staring up 5th Avenue and took turns checking Twitter for updates on the truck. It was taking longer than expected but we didn’t really care. We also walked around the park in case the truck had stopped somewhere else. The truck finally arrived but it was near Cafe Reggio. We didn’t know where it was so we used our frozen fingers to look it up on our phones. Once we knew where it was, we ran as fast as we could. Once there, we stood inside a pizza shop while the truck was being set up.
Tokyo Police Club performed 3 songs. Nature of the Experiment, Your English is Good, and Favourite Colours. It was really nice since people just stopped in the middle of the street to watch. Cars even rolled down their windows to listen!
I got the band to sign a copy of Elephant Shell. I need to carry a Sharpie on me from now on. 3/4 of the signatures were in pen and they got smudged.
It was definitely a great experience. Things like these make me miss the city even more.