left WNY at about 10:30 am had to drive around and pick up some folks, grilled out on a thruway parking area (figured they'd shut us down for grilling at spac) and finally got to the area at about 4 pm...lot was open earlier than the 5pm time they stated, thank god...the parking situation was pretty messy i was in the 2nd lot over the bridge where shakedown st was set up..ended up parking in front of michael christner from here on the board...said i looked familiar after we introduced and coincidentally he was posting on here as well, small world i tell ya...cops were out and on the prowl first thing i saw as i sit in my camping chair a cop on atv hassle some guy stepping out of his vehicle, shake him down take his shit and cruise...left me uncomfortable doing ANYTHING for the remainder of the afternoon...i also ran into mushroom man and his brother..
thanks to my man SMILEY i had another killer pavilion seat, like 10th row in front of JK and bob on the aisle...great security keeping the stragglers out of the way giving me ultimate grooving room...
here comes the sun opener was a curveball for me, i saw them do it at best buy was pretty cool...it was nice though, real beautiful with a quick and poignant jam at the end...cosmic charlie was a pleasant follow up i was thinking about this song early in the day...the vocals blended really well throughout, phil was loving it. pride of cucamonga was great the jam was really sweet phil leading it and a pretty decent drop back into the main riff..phils voice sounded very good..hell in a bucket kicked the excitement up another level, bob really taking hold of it and giving it his all, JK doing some excellent work on that guitar..first set so many roads was killer, the friend i've been hitting most shows with has been really wanting to hear it so i know he's happy up in the balcony..sailor>saint was really nice...the latter really had the place moving...john was doing some extremely trippy shit, and then a top notch casey jones to close things up...the energy on the casey jones was up there, the best easily since the ames iowa version (where phils knees begin buckling from the intensity) in nov 2010
i was thinking a scarlet opener for #2 but instead a born cross eyed, bob taking his time to get it just right...i thought it was pretty good, i like it because it is fun to bounce to and fairly quick, good platform to launch from, especially into a mind thumping caution...phil was really exploring things before officially taking off on this one, not one note untouched on that beautiful modulus bass...he just threw it down bob providing good vocals with rap...during set break i promised the crew in the lawn we'd hear the other one, and if we're lucky a crypitcal...it's good to be right sometimes.....i enjoy the cryptical intro, took them a little bit to find the launch time for other one but once they did we were in the zone, GREAT interplay by the group during this one..you could hear them coming to a close on TOO but as not sure where we were headed but they segued beautifully into wharf rat, and the crowd went nuts, a FANTASTIC version--jk really 'understands' this song...as they came down and started jamming i could hear eclipse coming, i was there for the bust out at radio city and was happy to see it again, really neat..phil was teasing mts of the moon a little earlier in the set and there it was, taking us to neptune and back--great to see this band playing this song, i even dig the phil vox on it...the uncle johns i've been wanting to hear since bethel finally comes out and a great one at that, backend jam really in the groove....the opening note of viola was enough to liven the crowd up and we were sent through a psychadelic vortex...nothing completely out of the ordinary for a viola lee except its late placement..great way to cap a set though, first or second...
i had not considered the box of rain encore but happy as usual phil sounded great and the jam they play during that song now is really developing...phil was pleased with this he shot JK and chimenti a thumbs up both individually right after
this show was my favorite of the three NY shows i saw in the past week...they seem to be sounding a little better each night..weir sounded MUCH better tonight than the previous sat/sun...keep rocking guys and i'll see ya'll in philly
who else is gonna bring you, a broken arrow?