Behind The Lines / Duke’s End
Turn It On Again
No Son Of Mine
Land Of Confusion
In The Cage / The Cinema Show / Duke’s Travels
Hold On My Heart
Home By The Sea / Second Home By The Sea
Follow You Follow Me
Firth Of Fifth / I Know What I Like
Throwing It All Away
Tonight Tonight Tonight (intro)
I Can’t Dance
The Carpet Crawlers
Cindy StephensFor this show, I was on the left side of the stage, about as far back as the 13th row on the floor, and I was about 5 rows up, so I was at about where the left projection screen was. Still a pretty good view of everyone, except that during certain parts, the lights on the right side of the stage would light, and they'd be blinding, since they were just to the right of Tony from my viewpoint.
I noticed especially during the drum duet but also at other instrumental parts that it looks like Phil is chewing gum or candy. Is that to keep his throat moist? Does he spit it out when he's actually singing and only has it in his mouth when he's just the drummer?
I also noticed that after "Follow You, Follow Me", the roadie switched out his drumsticks. It looked like that was planned (I think I noticed that at Hartford too), but I don't know if the sound is just different with different sticks or they wear after a while or what, since that's almost about the half-way point.
"Ripples" - The crowd was doing the same backup singing as in San Jose. I hadn't noticed that happening in Hartford.
"Domino" - This time, when the "tiny people in the back" reacted, Phil again said, "Don't get up." But then he added, "Oh, wait, you're already up." Was this an inside joke for those who'd been the night before, including the band? No matter, I laughed.
When I was in the merchandise line before the concert, there was a kid there, probably in high school, who was there with his dad and a friend. The kid was saying that if his dad would buy him a t-shirt, he'd buy one himself as well. His dad asked why he needed 2 t-shirts. His response was, "They're my favorite band!" It was nice to see the mixture of ages of people there. This kid definitely did not look old enough to have even been able to see them live before.
On the darker side, there were two assholes sitting in front of me who decided they needed to talk throughout the entire show. Sometimes, it was about the show itself. "How weird is this? Dude, isn't this weird?" Sometimes, it was about entirely unrelated things, like where one wanted to go on vacation. Why the hell do you come to a show to talk through the whole thing? There were parts where they weren't even paying attention to what was going on onstage. I think their wives were doing the exact same thing. So their talking would be intrusive during the faster and slower songs since they'd have to yell loud enough to hear each other over the actual concert being performed there. One of them also decided to be an even bigger ass and he'd sing/yell *really* loudly at parts, totally off-key. And he'd make derogatory comments about how the band would have to change this or that part when they played L.A. because L.A. people would
never go for that. Hey, asshole, he's been doing the "Home by the Sea" routine for years now, and even though it's a little different this time, the audience participates no problem in L.A.
With the first three shows I've seen, I've been on both sides and the middle and from different distances, so I've been able to see the show as a whole, with the screens and lights and such, as well as the more intimate moments on stage. I think they did a good job of mixing it up on the setlist, with lots of older and newer stuff, and I'm surprised (though enjoyably so) that there is so much instrumental stuff in the set. The only song I'd take out is "I Can't Dance" since I'm not all that fond of the song, but it is contagious and catchy and gets the audience up again during the encore. I'd rather they substituted "Anything She Does" - it's from the same album and also upbeat, though obviously not a hit, and then Phil might have to apologize for the content of the song like he does after "Mama".
Only two more shows left on the tour, both at the Hollywood Bowl. I'm really interested to see how the stage setup is going to work, given the Bowl's shell and all. There's a part of me that's not feeling sad because I never expected to see them again, so being able to see them on this tour has been a bonus. And I already went through these feelings during Phil's First Final Farewell Tour, when I'd resigned myself to never seeing him on tour again. But who knows what I'll feel on Friday and then Saturday night, knowing this is really probably the end. I can only hope that they can work something out with Peter.