Thanksgiving weekend was highly uneventful. We flew to MD on Wednesday morning, then shopped and hung out with family until the evening. On Thanksgiving we ate - Actually, we continued eating from Wednesday through Saturday, but that is beside the point. Friday is, and always will be, shopping day. Then, yesterday, our final day in MD, we sat around the house, watched Finding Nemo, ate dinner, and headed to a concert.
We drove out to Baltimore to see SR-71 (the only band that we would stay up all night to see). At first, we almost didn't go, despite Mike guestlisting me and making sure that I had a photopass; we didn't have a car and I had a migraine. Luckily, Aaron had the sense to make me go.
The opening bands, Clone and Victory Twin were ok. Nothing horrible, nothing spectacular. Victory Twin had a lot of energy, and a keyboard, so they were entertaining.
Before last night, the last SR show we went to was at Xfest in Indianapolis. At that show, the crowd sucked, the set was short, and they were with a much harder line-up. Their performance at Xfest was good, but nothing special - it didn't blow me away like I normally am when I see SR.
But last night was a hometown show, which are always the best. For the first few songs, I felt like I could stand there with my mouth open - just watching. I didn't of course, but it was nice to be so awestruck by a band again. We go to so many shows that it doesn't happen much anymore. I remembered why SR caused me to become a concert addict.
Mickey introduced them, being typical perverted Mickey. It was a little odd being in front of a person I had heard so much about - I felt like I was getting the whole Baltimore experiance =O) Finally, after Mickey stalled, the boys came out. We were up front, so I stayed there for a while, taking pictures of Mitch, John, and Pat since Mike was on the other side of the stage.
Eventually, I tore myself away from my spot in front of Mitch, and put my photopass to use. I headed for the sidestage, so I could get some pictures of Mike for Rei. Of course, he wouldn't face me, so I really didn't get anything but pictures of Mike's back. I ended up standing right next to Pat's wife on the side of the stage, and who I think was Erin (John's wife).
I made my rounds around the place, but finally came to the conclusion that the best place was back in the front. I made my way back there, and stayed there for most of the rest of the show. We heard a few songs we hadn't heard before - 1985 (which sounds quite a bit like Axl Rose) and a song that's listed as "Sad" on the setlist (possibly Sad Rose?). "Sad" is absolutely beautiful; I have a feeling that it is the obligatory slower song for the CD.
Oh, and I also got Mitch sweat on me. For those who don't know, that is a sign of a good SR show... I know, it's wierd and sick, but it's true.
For "Axl Rose" Sticks/Stix came out onstage and sang with the guys (Sticks is the guy on the cover of the Axl Rose single). Mitch was cracking up, because Sticks does not have the best voice. I also found out later, when I was taking pictures sidestage that Sticks was just a wee bit plastered. He was seeing two Mitchs, but that was ok because he wasn't driving home - there was a "limomobile" waiting for him outside. He's a very friendly guy, if you're in the Baltimore area, you should go talk to him =O)
At the encore, I headed back to the side of the stage for one more attempt at getting shots of Mike, and also to steal Sam's setlist (since all the girls got the other setlists). Mitch played "Alive" acoustically for one of the encores (Lucky and I Want You to Want Me were the others)... I love that song, and I had never heard it acoustic before.
After the show, we hung around a while, waiting for the line to die down. Finally, we were about to get kicked out, so we got in line to have the guys sign pictures I took at Xfest. We basically only got to say hi to everyone but Pat. He liked the picture of him, and wanted to know how he could get a copy of it. So I wrote down my website address for him.
We had to leave after that, considering it was 2am. We drove back, packed our stuff, and were back in the car by 4am to drive to the airport. No sleeping for us. However, we did sleep until 3 this afternoon instead of doing all the work that we should have been doing. =O)
And that was my Thanksgiving weekend.
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