Second set ripped all the way through, with barely a moment to catch a breath. The "Eleven" came in nicely with some anticipation holding the crowd to the brink of frenzy. The "Morning Dew" was especially on fire as John wailed and brought the climax of the song to the point of blowing the big top off. Definitely the highlight of Friday for me. Even the quick paced "Touch" encore was energetic. Great crowd. Really into it all night. The rains came down and I sat listening to some 82' Frost Theatre while the lot slowly emptied out.
Saturday was another scene altogether for me. Why I love this music and community. A different experience from night to night. The lot was bigger and there seemed to be an energy in the air. The weather also much better. Made a ton of friends at the hotel already leading up to the show. Though the lot was still on the lame side, I still enjoy watching all of the people, families, pets and kids. Lots of smiles, hugs, and good vibes. Still not like it used to be. I wish there was more vending these days. More creativity, and individualism. Still a good time. Went in, chatted with some security, which I thought was very friendly inside. No hassle at the door either. Very respectful. Seemed the staff was more worried about the Linkin Park show the next day. Passed, begrudgingly on the garlic fries and funnel cones and sat down. Met some more wonderful people around me, and chatted up the nearest security guy, who also happened to be a "Deadhead."
"Truckin" opened and was a hot one. People were on every verse with "New Speedway," which was nice to see and hear. A lively "China>Rider too." Funny point in the 1st set was Bobby having no idea where he was in the set, and picking up the wrong guitar apparently for the wrong song!! Phil and Jeff were laughing, then the crowd, and finally Bobby laughing and turning red with embarrassment. My biggest highlight was the "WRS>Eyes." Lot of jams and noodling in there. "Wheel" and a lengthy "Shakedown" was also pretty awesome. Had a feeling "Shakedown" was coming as the envelope filter came on towards the end of "Wheel." Crowd in a frenzy at this point. Fun "Scarlett>Fire" too. Just wished "Fire" was longer. My only gripes about Saturday, and I'd love to hear your thoughts to, were that "Reuben" and "Loose Lucy" seemed to be an energy down moment in a time that the first set could've really been special. Also, the "NFA" was really short with seemingly no one doing the "you know our love will NFA" chant at the end. Maybe Phil came out too early, but the NFA seemed like an afterthought. Disappointing cus I love the chant, bringing them back on stage. Lastly, "Saturday Night" encore seemed way predictable. Great show overall, but would've liked a few more surprises. I do have to say though, that I love the kind folks out west. Some of the nicest, considerate, approachable, and genuine people I've ever met on tour. Laid back, real people. Love it! Look forward to more madness soon. See ya all furthur on down the road!! Much love and peace..... (And now your thoughts, observations and pics please!)