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.
– #41 was really awesome with Warren Hayes and Lasim Richards guesting. Warren can really shred.
-First time Cortez the Killer has been played since 12/16/06