Outdoors, wind, some rain, fairly cold for an outdoor show... the upside, Joe really was having fun.. Dave LaRue on bass.
Started with Super Colossal , played Redshift Riders and Party on the Enterprise (crowd chant).. one other from new disc, Joe called it "that funky one", I can't remeber the name of it yet, so we will leave it at that.
I was seated 2nd row at an oudoor amphitheatre... total seats and attendance, about 1000. Over toward Galen's side. Joe's sound was outstanding.. as always! Ethan's sound was a little crisper, sounded better than the last show I heard (Ventura Theatre) Dave LaRue I have not heard before. Quite a good player, could have been slightly crisper at times, but fit in the mix great and he has great "rocker" look and energy.
Lots of old tunes mixed in.. Ice #9, Cool # 9, surfing with the Alien.. I'm missing some I know. I thought it was going to be very difficult to play in the cold, but Joe and Dave handled the intricate parts easily.
Show was great fun, the band seemed to really dig doing this show, somehting different for sure. They only restricted videocams, stills were fine, leaned against a monitor and got probably 20-30 good shots out of almost 130 I took. Operator error!
Joe stayed to sign Super Colossal discs and take pictures with fans forever.. he finished their set at about 8:30, I met him about 10:20! Joe's niceness and just all around good guy attitude was not the slightest bent out of shape after that amount of time! WOW! He told me he only gives lessons to his own kids now. I can totally understand, but it would be awesome to be able to refine my own playing with Joe!
Should be a great tour, can't wait for the Wiltern show! See you all there!