Of all the shows I regret not seeing, the Morphine show on March 14, 1999 at all-ages venue 328 Performance Hall in Nashville, Tennessee, stands at the top of the list. I had a ticket in hand, but I was late getting into town that night, and if I remember, it was snowing, and... at any rate, I didn't go.
Morphine frontman Mark Sandman died less than four months later.
Now here's the trailer for Cure for Pain: The Mark Sandman Story, a documentary on the musician who, using a two-string slide bass guitar, crafted a series of albums that fell outside of the established rock boundaries. Morphine remains one of the most unique—and best—bands of the '90s, still standing the test of time today. But this trailer looks like a collection of '90s figures who haven't stood the test of time, with talking heads like Ben Harper, Les Claypool, and the giant dome of Matt Pinfield. This is not such a great sign. Morphine were a great band, and Sandman is a potentially fascinating subject for a film. It deserves a film that doesn't have that guy from the Mighty Mighty Bosstones explaining who they were.
Some Seattle dates are planned for Cure for Pain, with the possibility of a Portland run coming around that time. We'll let you know if/when it opens in town.
End Hits: Whisper me your number, I'll call you up at home...