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Show Two-Four

I had a blast in Charlotte earlier this week. I had been anxiously awaiting the Dave Matthews Band show in the Other Carolina for MONTHS. And it certainly did not disappoint. We got to Charlotte with plenty of time to spare, met up with various friends, was able to hook said friends up with ticket upgrades for free, got many tasty adult beverages in my belly, and made it into the pit (!!!) with time to spare.

The pit was surprisingly awesome. I was afraid of pushing, shoving, and general douche-iness, but was pleasantly surprised by how great everyone was. The crowd was great, the band kicked ass, and setlist was a nice mix of new and old tunes. Despite being my 24th show (going to at least one show every year since ’98), I still heard two songs I had never heard live before.

The only low-light of the night was the encore. Just wasn’t very strong, but not something I really would complain too much about.

Highlights
1. Boyd’s Solo on Lie In Our Graves
2. Minarets being played for the first time since 12/13/05
3. My first time hearing Minarets and Some Devil live

Dave Matthews Band
July 21, 2010
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Charlotte, Charlotte, NC

Minarets »
The Stone (Can’t Help Falling in Love interpolation by Jeff)
One Sweet World
Satellite
Shake Me Like a Monkey
Lying in the Hands of God
Pig
Spaceman
Seven
Lover Lay Down*
What Would You Say*
Some Devil
Why I Am
Don’t Drink the Water (included prelude)
Lie in Our Graves
You & Me »
Jimi Thing (Sexy MF Outro)*
———————————–
Sister
Corn Bread (Carter Solo Intro and Down By the Riverside interpolation by Rashawn and Jeff)

* = featured Branford Marsalis on saxophone

West Palm Beach shows are next up!!!

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Fell In Love With the Girl at the Rock Show

I would hope at this point, it would not come as shock to you that I despise growing up. I pretty much cower in fear from all things “adult” and rarely pass up an opportunity to act like a child.

Last night was one of those unique times where I could not only act like I was younger, but also participate in an activity that I would have done in late high school/early college years.

That super awesome activity? Seeing Blink-182 in Charlotte!

Blink is a special band to me because they were my “punk-starter band.” Their music got me into a lot of other bands that I normally would not have listened to. Their lyrics are overly simple, but ridiculously fun to sing. I have a lot of memories of singing along to Blink songs during track practice in high school, on the team buses after meets, at dances, parties, and on road trips.

I almost always think of my best friends from home (token shout-out to PiC) and all the times we would sing along to this band. My favorite memory was probably on a road trip to Old Orchard Beach. My three best friends and myself were in a car with another friend’s father when “Damnit” came over the speakers. We had sung this song so many times we actually had different parts that we all would sing…(shut up, we were awesome). Needless to say, our friend’s dad was quite impressed with our harmonizing.

I made the trip to the Other Carolina on Tuesday afternoon and arrived around 5 pm. I met up with the All-American at his apartment and we promptly cracked up a beer. Before long, the All-American’s roommate and his friend arrived to join the fun. We arrived at the VZW Ampitheatre just as Asher Roth (“I Love College” guy) was performing. After hearing Roth say “Charlotte” and his own name about 30 times in 10 seconds, we decided to stay in the parking lot and tailgate. Despite the chilly weather, this was a success.

We met up with two of the Charlotte boys’ friends and soon made our way into the venue. The show was a lot of fun, but way too short. The crowd was full of rambunctious, drunk teenagers and well, that was actually okay with me. It was nice to see the youngins having the type of good time I had at my last Blink show back in 2002 or so. Thankfully, there weren’t any annoying kids around us. The only negative thing that happened was that the All-American almost got me killed on the way back from getting beers.

We were trying to find our friends on the lawn when he walked me into a wide open area. My initial joy was quickly replaced with intense fear as I realized he had led me directly into a most pit. I was ridiculously scared that some hormone-driven teen was going to knock me out. Luckily, we escaped with beers and bodies in tact.

As always, Blink put on a great show. They played most of their hits and told plenty of jokes in between songs.

Highlights
Travis’ drum solo – He went nuts! His drum set was actually lifted above the stage and turned completely vertical while he was playing, which was pretty intense.
Hijinks – During the encore, Mark and Tom were faux fighting which consisted of each of them running to the others’ side of the stage to knock over their mic. It was funny to see the roadies scurry out to clean up the discarded equipment.

blink-182 Reunion Tour
10/6/09
Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre, Charlotte, NC
Setlist

Dumpweed
Feeling This
The Rock Show
What’s My Age Again
Violence
Miss You
Stay Together for The Kids
Down
Always
Interlude from the Self-Titled Album –>
Stockholm Syndrome
First Date
Man Overboard
Don’t Leave Me
All The Small Things
Reckless Abandon
Josie
Anthem Part II

Travis Drum Solo —>
Carousel
Damnit —>
Every Rose Has It’s Thorn (Chorus Only, Mark solo)

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Carter Beauford on the Drums!!

I have been wishing away the days for months in anticipation of the dmb show in Charlotte. Sadly, all that wishing did was make me want more and realize how few-and-far between the good times are these days.

I’ll try to keep this entry as short as possible for all you non-dmb fans.

We left pretty early with the grand plans to tailgate, relax, and get to our seats well in advance of the band starting. We had second row seats and I wanted to savor every moment. Last year’s fourth row experience was one of the best of my life.

We ran into traffic right near the venue and then the police directed all of us away from the only road I knew how to get to the amphitheater. Long story short, we missed a turn, got re-stuck in traffic and missed part of the show. I was pretty pissed off at this point. Luckily, we could hear every song as we were in traffic, parking, walking in, buying beer, and find our seats. It certainly made the night even shorter however.

As expected, our seats were incredible. We were only two seats off center, so Dave was right in front of us the whole show. Just like last year, the band was on fire (even if the setlist was average) and full of life. Once I got there, I forgot all about the traffic and other crap in my life and had an amazing time. Not as amazing as the chick in front of me though. This girl was going nuts all night. She never stopped dancing and was having the time of her life. Sure she was super weird, everyone made fun of her, and she sounded like she smoked 14 packs a day, but there was no one having a better time then her. Good for her.

Here’s the setlist…

April 24, 2009
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte, Charlotte, NC

Pantala Naga Pampa >>
Rapunzel
Where Are You Going

Stay or Leave

Recently
(Pretty Pretty Girl Outro)
Burning Down the House

(Finally in our seats at this point)

Crush
Why I Am
Spaceman »
Cornbread (“Hoedown” Interpolation)
#41
So Much to Say »
Anyone Seen the Bridge »
Too Much [fake] »
Tripping Billies
Funny the Way It Is
So Damn Lucky
Grey Street
———————————–
Blue Water [partial]
Crash Into Me (Dixie Chicken Outro)
Stay (Wasting Time)

Quite possibly the worst encore ever, but they still played their asses off. I saw a setlist after, which showed “The Maker” instead
of “Crash Into Me,” which I would have prefered..meh.
Highlights
-Jams on #41 and Crush were insane.
-New songs sound really awesome
-I was totally faked out by the tease of Too Much which they switched to Billies.
-Dave did the crazy dance ever during Cornbread
-Dave was super talkative and as weird as always
-Best Dave quote of the night – “Tim Reynolds freaks me out”
-Despite playing with each other for damn near 20 years, they are all still in awe of Carter…rightfully so.
-Burning Down the House torn the damn roof off
-Crowd was great. Dave commented on how energetic everyone was and Stefan mentioned the same in Twitter today.
-Dave damn near cracked up during Crash as he watched that crazy girl in front of me
-Blue Water was a nice surprise, even if it was only one verse
BEST PART OF THE NIGHT
At the end of every regular set and then after the encore, Dave throws out his guitar picks, Carter throws out a ton of drum sticks,
and someone always throws out the setlists. Our goal was to catch one of these after being close last year. We did not
BUT
After the band had cleared out (and so did most of the crowd around us), one of the drum techs started tossing out what looked
like large plates or frisbees. I grabbed two that were stuck together, but had no idea what it was.
After careful inspection, it turns out I caught two of Carter’s drum heads! This more than made up for being late to the show.
Basically, as the show goes on, Carter has the top parts of his drums replaced. They have no use for them so they throw them out.
And I now own one! Yes!!!!!!!!
/fanboy rant

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