Austin City Limits report: FNL's Connie Britton on Beck, the Raconteurs, and chaos


Ok, here’s the thing. I suck.

Well, the problem is that, as I suspected, my friends from out of town got in to the fest at the same time that Beck was going on. Actually, it was a whole drama because I was at the Black Keys and my phone stopped working and they actually stood outside at the ridiculous red arch and waited for me for 45 minutes before I even knew they were there. So… my perspective of the Beck show is spotty, incomplete, and from a very distant vantage point. Truthfully, my two favorite shows were Spiritualized and the Kills. (Seeing the Kills perform at 1:30 p.m. on a Sunday when both of them looked as if they had seen the sun NEVER was the greatest.) My problem is that I really don’t know either band, so it’s pretty great because I got a new introduction to both… but I don’t think I could very accurately write about them since I don’t know a single song!

On the flipside, I saw the Raconteurs from the side of their stage and then hung out with Jack and Brendan in their dressing room after cuz they are friends with my friends from out of town. I had the set list sitting right in front of me the whole time…I should have grabbed it!…and I’ve seen them twice before and am a huge fan. I could do them if you want, though I don’t know how fast I can get it to you since I’m now in NYC doing an insane two days of meetings and press for our premiere on Wednesday. (And sorry…yesterday I had a 5:30 a.m. calltime, then got on a plane for the airport straight from work to fly to NYC.)

Let me know if you want me to try for the Raconteurs later in the week and I’ll try to pull it off…

Editor’s note: I think we’re not going to force Connie to give us any more than she already has, which I think we can all agree is a lot. And anyway, most people spend 95 percent of these festivals missing sets and trying to find their friends, so this was actually pretty perfect.

addCredit(“Connie Britton: Michael Muller; Austin City Limits Fest: Whitney Pastorek/”)

Comments (6 total) Add your comment
  • Ken

    What a nifty little email from her. You can tell she’s a good soul, and a real fan of music.

  • M

    D’oh, we missed coverage of The Raconteurs! Connie, if you are ever fortunate to hang out with them again, tell them thank you for keeping rock alive.

  • BC

    The Raconteurs were awesome at ACL Fest. Too bad Beck’s sound crew f*cked over anyone who wanted to enjoy Plant/Krauss. I’m pretty sure I could still hear his show when I got home thanks to the ridiculous volume.

  • whitney pastorek

    BC, I’ve noticed you comment on that a couple times. So weird– from where I was standing (about 100 yards from the stage on the right), Beck was so quiet I took out my earplugs. Guess they had the second speaker tower cranked. But I can understand the problem– Flyleaf tried to drown out Gillian Welch the next day, too.

  • TheOtherGrayson

    Ms. Britton was not kidding about The Kills.
    Ms. VV and Mr. Hince looked like they’ve never been out of bed before five in the afternoon-though they still rocked- and even confessed that they’ve “never played a show on the Sun before.”

  • Cara

    Connie Britton: you are amazing.
    That is all.

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