wah wah wah, these were gone before I could get one.
I said it before, and I will say it again, sacrilege blasphemy heresy: Toadies shouldn't have a shortened set.
These shows were like seeing a pristine soundcheck. Everything sounded solid, though the vocals were slightly low in the mix. IT sucked that these werent headlining shows with a full-on fanbase. After the first night, I saw a setlist get crumpled, and it hurt. [I have 12 of 18 from shows I've gone to. Eleven up on my wall along with drumsticks, show posters, show adverts, some of Vadens lyrics sheets, etc. I have no shame.
and got two from that first Portland night]
Doni's bass takes a life of its own in the new songs, and for the Horton heat cover. Its more prominent than in the other songs from before he started working on material with them. Its his own. He's always done justice to the rest of their catalog, but ohmygoodness, to have heard the way he starts out Summer of The Strange with his bass makes me happy to be alive. To have heard that song only a few days before and already know the words isnt so much a testament to my fandom, but to the band making interesting, lasting music that people can identify with. or atleast that i can find meaning in..
The lighting was odd for the first night. I could only hear VTL's voice and see his outline, which i didnt end up minding as it seemed ethereal. As if it isnt obvious, I think he's such a profound lyricist, and am always in awe of what he does.
'No stage diving tonight'
[Could Rez or Wes be so inclined to post a picture of that amp?]
Rez was killing it. Just wow. Over the years/shows, I've def. found myself paying more attention to the way he drums. Sweetness was a major highlight for night one, and Tyler stood out for me the most drum-wise in Seattle. Incredibly intense.
I can't remember verbatim, but I believe he said that he was angry that his drum kit was breaking.
These were amazing shows and only lacked more enthusiasm from the crowds.
"We're murderers; Murderers, Liars, Rapists and Thieves/You should never put your trust in any of us."