Well I am glad to be home after my near 500 mile journey from The Darien lake show. This was an experience I will never forget as long as I live. My miracle came in the form of a 10th row ticket, just to the left. Ticket was supplied by LotaSonata, and her boyfriend Bill. They are really cool, we had a great great time. Thank You both once again!
There was nothing like seeing this show from up close. I made Roger laugh!!! During In The Flesh, when he sang, "..there's one smoking a joint", he pointed right at me, and I pointed my hands at my chest, and wildly shook my head and body, as if to say, "no, not me!", and he broke into a chuckle right into the mic! I shit you not. Roger was his usual animated self, he's such a ham when you see him up close. I mean that in a good way, if that's possible. The girls were just stellar. I was brought to tears literally from their performance. They are so soulful, and into the music. Even when they are sitting down, it just awed me to watch them digging the music. I couldnt help lip synching with them and raising my arms in sheer delight. They loved this, they really love the crowd!
Snowy was in the best form I've heard yet. He was extrmemly fluid and sweet, as opposed to a little restrained and choppy the other 2 times I saw. Carin was extremely strong himself, belting out Dogs with reckless abandon. It was the best Dogs I ever heard in my life. Soaring guitar too by everyone!
There were snags with the sound effects many times, in that they were not heard. In no way did this take away from the emotional impact from the songs. There was no laugh heard during Happiest Days, I didnt hear any of the DSOTM voices, and Welome To The Machine abruptly cut short by a few seconds. Again, it was so stellar I hardly cared.
The solo stuff was just stellar again. The revamped Powers That Be is such a kick in the ass, and the girls so tight. The ATD had me in tears, and awe. This stuff is meant to be heard live.
The crowd was standing the whole show, and the aisles were crammed. I didnt mind this one bit, as everyone in attendance was in sheer bliss from the first note. Very good crowd for the most part. Roger seemed uncomftorable at first with everyone standing, but as it went on, he definitely loosened up. Maybe he realized that we were just in total awe, and this is a rock and roll concert dammit!
When Roger came out for the encore he was treated to a thunderous ovation, and the whole lawn was filled with a blanket of lighters, and Roger said, "wow, thats an impressive sight", or something like that. It really was impressive indeed!
Also, towards the end of the show, there was a fireworks display off to the sky in the left. This was kind of cool, but distracting, seeing everybodys head turn. On the way out, some ppl actually thought it was part of the show.
The venue was under a huge tent, with a massive lawn section that was packed to the hilt with like 10,000 people. Another 10K in the seats were were all on one level. Give or take. It was a very chilly night.
I want to go to Atlanta now. Anyone have a ticket? I would love to meet all the great people who are going. Maybe I can work out another miracle.
--jus a little boo-boo I made. I was sitting a little to the *right* (row 10,seat 6), and the fireworks were off to the *right* sky