The War never ends

I came across this article and I was shocked by the first line.

“For the second year in a row, the U.S. military has lost more troops to suicide than it has to combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

That statement is unbelievable.

I’ve tried to find a charity or program that helps troops with the difficulties related to their return home, but have had no luck. Any one know of any?
Click here for the link

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End of Times

This is just getting weird…

Dead fish all over Folly Beach: http://www.live5news.com/Global/story.asp?S=13795544

The dead fish and birds in Arkansas: http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_thelookout/20110103/ts_yblog_thelookout/massive-bird-fish-kills-in-arkansas-leave-many-scratching-heads

2 million dead fish in Maryland: http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/01/06/maryland.fish.kill/index.html?hpt=T2

What is going on?

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Phishing

Another setlist post while I try to maintain the motivation to update this blog…

I went to my first Phish show ever on 10/15/10 at the North Charleston Coliseum and it was incredibly fun. I didn’t know that many songs, but I was pleasantly surprised with how much fun I had. The crowd was really laid back and calm (unlike the dmb crowd) and the sound was great.

I went with GPiC and Duggs which aided in the great times

North Charleston Coliseum, North Charleston, SC

Set 1: Punch You In the Eye > Possum, Bathtub Gin, Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home?[1], Boogie On Reggae Woman, Destiny Unbound, Backwards Down the Number Line, Bouncing Around the Room, Stash, Joy, Buffalo Bill, Dog Faced Boy, Run Like an Antelope[2]

Set 2: Down with Disease > Prince Caspian > Twist, Roses Are Free > My Friend, My Friend > My Problem Right There, Tube > Mike’s Song > The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Mexican Cousin, Weekapaug Groove, Suzy Greenberg > Slave to the Traffic Light

Encore: Character Zero

[1] Dr. Jack McConnell on vocals and tap shoes.
[2] “Mike-O” substituted for “Marco Esquandolas.”

Notes: Bill Bailey featured Page’s dad, Dr. Jack McConnell, on vocals and tap shoes.

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Best of the Holy City

If you live in Charleston, SC or are quite familiar with the city, you should vote in the City Paper’s Best Of feature!

http://posting.charlestoncitypaper.com/charleston/Survey?survey=2545633

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The start of something new?

I’m back..ish. We’ll see for how long. I went to a dmb show last month which was a pretty big letdown for numerous reasons. But the band was awesome as usual.

The opening act (Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave) was fantastic. Easily the best opening act I’ve ever seen at a dmb show. I heard one song I had never heard before live (Still Water), but otherwise the set was mind-blowing like West Palm Shows. But it was still really good.

Highlights
I was excited to hear Best of What’s Around. That was a nice surprise.
Stefan’s intro to Crush was awesome!
Two Step was amazing as always.
Dave teased Spoon twice and I thought I was gonna hear it played live (finally), but he stopped after one verse. I was pretty bummed because it would have completed “Before These Crowded Streets” for me.

November 17, 2010
North Charleston Coliseum, North Charleston, SC
Squirm
Proudest Monkey »
Satellite
Funny the Way It Is
Spaceman
Still Water
Don’t Drink the Water
I’ll Back You Up
Lie in Our Graves (Wonderful Tonight Interpolation by Dave)
Eh Hee
Spoon [tease] – Dave played the first few notes
Corn Bread feat. Trombone Shorty (Carter Intro, Down by the Riverside Interpolation by Rashawn & Jeff)
Digging a Ditch
Lying in the Hands of God
Shake Me Like a Monkey
Crush (Stefan Solo Intro with “Super Freak” interpolation)
The Best of What’s Around
What You Are (slow intro) »
You & Me
Two Step (Time Bomb Intro)
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Dive In (Dave Solo)
Spoon [tease] – Dave played one verse
Grey Street

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It’s not you, it’s me

I’ve been ignoring this space for a long time…I wish I had the motivation to write again. It’s not that I don’t have things on my mind, I just can’t seem to bring myself to write about any of it.

September has been a rough month and I’m sure it would be cathartic to write about it, but this space has become not quite as anonymous as I would like.
What to do, what to do

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This is the last stop

I had an amazing time in Florida this past weekend.

Thursday was spent at Universal Studios. I had never been there so I was excited to check it out. I’m not a huge ride guy, so I wasn’t sure how much I would actually enjoy it, but I had a really good time. I didn’t really do any crazy rides but checked out some shows and less scary parts of the park.

Friday and Saturday were easily the best part of the trip. Both days were spent in West Palm Beach for my final two dmb shows of the year. The band is taking next year off from touring so the shows were a little sadder than usual. I have seen the band before every year since 1998 and these were my 25th and 26th shows. It’s crazy to think these shows won’t be part of my summer next year.

As usual the band did NOT disappoint. Even though I’ve seen the band perform so many times, I still saw some songs I’d never seen played live before (5 to be exact).

The first night was a better set for the casual fan as they played a lot of favorites, but night two brought out some rarities. I’ll detail some highlights and the full sets below…

After night one, we went to Roxy’s in West Palm Beach to see Tim Reynolds play with his band, TR3. Tim is a frequent contributed to dmb, but has essentially been a full-time member since 2008. I thought it was amazing that he plays with dmb and then drives straight from the venue to a small club to play another show.

The show was fun (completely different from a dmb show, but fun). KTB and I had met this guy and girl in the parking lot after dmb and they went with us to this show so we spent the night rocking out and getting a little tipsy. During TR3’s set, Jeff Coffin (the current saxophone player for dmb) walked up onto stage and started playing for a few songs. It was freakin great. Tim and Jeff are such amazing muscians and it was nice to see them in such a small venue.

After Jeff finished he walked around the club and we were able to meet him (very briefly) and take a picture with him. I always wanted to meet a member of my favorite band so this was pretty special for me….even if I was a bit too drunk to remember all the details haha.

After night two, we went to the PGA Resort and Hotel for an after-party being thrown by AntsMarching.org. There was an acoustic duo playing some songs, drinks, and lots of happy drunks.

Both nights we stayed at a really nice DoubleTree Hotel which included some steak and lobster for dinner on night two!

Sunday – Got up nice and early and went to Tampa Bay (well, St. Pete) to see the Yankees play the Devil Rays. The game was terrible as the Yankees got blanked, but I still had fun with KTB, My hero and My Hero’s Wife who met us there.

Dave Matthews Band
July 30, 2010
Cruzan Amphitheatre (Palm Beach County Fairgrounds), West Palm Beach, FL
Minarets

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Don’t Drink the Water
What Would You Say
Seven (featuring Lasim Richards on Trombone)
The Best of What’s Around
#41 (featuring Lasim Richards on Trombone and Warren Hayes on guitar)
Shake Me Like a Monkey (featuring Lasim Richards on Trombone)
Pantala Naga Pampa »
Rapunzel
Digging a Ditch
Black Jack
You & Me
Dancing Nancies »
Grey Street
Crash Into Me (Dixie Chicken Outro)
Why I Am
Ants Marching
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Little Red Bird (Dave Solo)
Good Good Time
Tripping Billies
Highlights
– #41 was really awesome with Warren Hayes and Lasim Richards guesting. Warren can really shred.
-Best of What’s Around made its tour debut
-First time I’ve heard Little Red Bird, Good Good Time, and Black Jack live
-First time Good Good Time was played since 2/5/06
Dave Matthews Band
July 31, 2010
Cruzan Amphitheatre (Palm Beach County Fairgrounds), West Palm Beach, FL

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The Stone (Can’t Help Falling in Love interpolation by Jeff with crowd singing)
Warehouse (UTTAD style-intro, salsa jam)
Funny the Way It Is (short solo intro by Stefan)
Stay or Leave
Spaceman
Lying in the Hands of God
Shake Me Like a Monkey
The Last Stop » (reprise outro)
Proudest Monkey »
Satellite
Cortez the Killer (featuring Warren Hayes on vocals and guitar)
Lie in Our Graves (no reprise)
Corn Bread (Carter Intro, Down by the Riverside Interpolation, featuring Lasim Richards on trombone)
Black Jack
Stay (featuring Lasim Richards on trombone)
Jimi Thing (Sexy MF outro, featuring Lasim Richards on trombone)
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The Needle and the Damage Done (Dave solo)
Two Step (Time Bomb intro, Overflow outro)
Highlights
-First time The Last Stop has been played since 9/12/06. It was the first time I had seen the song live since my very first show (7/31/08)
-First time Cortez the Killer has been played since 12/16/06
-Cortez featured Warren and Dave switching off vocals and Warren melting everyone’s face several times
-First time I heard Cortez the Killer, and The Needle and the Damage Done live
-Jimi Thing had some really good solos by RaShawn, Jeff, and Lasim
-The Two Step overflow outro is always fantastic. Dave stopped playing and was walking off when everyone else kicked back in. Dave decided to just dance around and then leapt in the air as the outro finished. Carter tossed his sticks in the air at the same time. It was a really cool moment.
Dave’s dancing on Corn Bread (the audio is terrible on this video, just mute it and enjoy Dave being a nutball)

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