a HOT saturday afternoon...left buffalo NY at about 4:30-5:00 am, black subaru with black leather seats no air conditioning and plenty of traffic... hahahah
got down to philly all said and done around 12 or 1....great to return to mann center, i loved the 2 shows there last summer...so glad they decided to play there again...accidentally ran into some tour friends i didn't expect to see so we got to set up our site right there in the shade with them and do our thing...the scene was pretty bumping--tons of nitrous and cocaine, and everything else of course...the noise from the tanks going off right near me all afternoon became pretty irritating...it was hot though folks...i mean just standing up was a task requiring mass energy and loads of sweat...got my ticket on re-release the night before from ticketbastard, front center orchestra it was a KILLER seat, and the row was not full so i had room to groove all night long
sittin on top of the world opener was awesome, no jam into it, just BAM...the energy level was very high and they segued into a great GSET...bobby did really well with the vocals and timings, the rest of the band killin it...high on a mountain is a cool song (i prefer mountain song) but nice to hear how it has developed (i remember the first one in washington) masterpiece was well played, STRONG vocals from weir i'm not sure how someone interpreted it as a weak version...same with reuben and cherise...i thought JK did a great job..that is one that either rocks or sucks...glad weir is no longer chopping the intro to it with heavy whacks...the jam that slides into loser was awesome, an unusual pairing, 2 JK vox as well...last time was fun i forget where we first saw it atlanta i want to say..somewhere in the backend of spring tour.. quinn was fun, but definitely not my choice for the set closer..it did put the crowd in a very amicable mood though..
mad rush to meet up with several tour friends during the setbreak, eventually did at the very top of the venue, killer viewof the city up there as well..i really didn't see any security at all
after listening to the tuning of the group it was clear shakedown was coming..i was not particularly pleased as they played it the last show i hit at jones beach, with only mansfield and vibes in between...it was very funky though, and they did not do their vocal shake it down part at the end, they just did it instrumentally...so it is always nice to see the different styles they use on different nights...man smart was great, awesome jump from the shakedown had the energy increase..i love any road..i think jk does a great job with it and the song is just fun--it killed the crowd energy but that was because barely anyone knew what it was (theory in development on that one)...what comes next is just monstrous a big bad playing sandwich stuffed with a help slip franklins...excellent transitions and incredible jamming...the band was completely in the zone...and death don't have no mercy...bobby KILLED it..sounded personal...midnight hr was run of the mill not spectacular but it sounded good, no terrible flubs or anything like that...
everyone was expecting the saturday night encore, i feel terrible for the HUNDREDS of people that did leave...because they played the fool in the rain they axed after DDHNM from original setlist for whatever reason...it was killer, john does an incredible job with this cover...the first on april fools day at the mothership was sweet too...but then we get the saturday night, after i speculated to the guy next to me a double encore for philly, he laughed at the thought...
hot day hotter venue even an even hotter show...hotels were sold out all the way to new jersey it was a mess, eventually found a killer cheap suite with a 2 pm checkout...unwound all night and slept well f or the first time in a while..it was off to pnc less than an hr way next afternoon