One hell of a show. Grace Potter is fantastic. The Allman Brothers were fantastic (G. Allman didn't fare so well and kept leaving the stage during the show...but he's getting old) but they didn't play their usual encore. It was strange having the montage of photographs in the background without the band playing as usual. As I said Greg Allman left the stage a bunch of times during the show and he looked...well...awful. He sung only two songs and stood and played the guitar for 'Melissa'...but his legs looked like denim covered bones. Something strange was going on. Nevertheless....Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks stole the show. They jammed quite a bit with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals so I was a bit stunned at the end...but still very happy overall. Here are some photos from my crappy iPhone 3GS.
Great show. I haven't seen them in years. I decided last minute to get tickets....except I bought tickets for the wrong night...Aug. 6th which is also a Tuesday. My buddy and I went to the box office and picked up a couple of tickets...way better for the July 30th show. 30 rows better. It was surreal to be told that the tickets I had originally bought were for next Tuesday. I'm glad it went down that way though. I took a bunch of photos with my crappy iPhone 3GS which has most definitely reached the end of its usefulness. Enjoy if you can make out the grainy pictures.
Won a couple of 40.00 SitNGo's. I lost in the 4:30 NLHE 70.00 tourney with AK. Of course the guy that knocked me out had AQo...what else is new. I got knocked out of the 80.00 Turbo that they put on at 9:00 PM...I love that tourney. I decided to leave (after going to the bathroom) when a guy was clearing out his 'air hole' in his neck and was cleaning out his air tube that went into the neck hole..at the sink in the bathroom. When are they going to put a casino in Massachusetts? The idiots that run this state are so caught up in their own red tape and corruption.
I used to go to the Red Sox game every Patriots Day in Boston. The game would let out and everybody would drift down to see the finish line of the Boston Marathon. It was always a nice spring day of sports and revelry. It's always been a day you either watched the marathon on TV or frequent a spot along the route. It is all changed now...now we will be watching and hoping nothing ever happens like it did yesterday. I thought my generation grew up in the age of terrorism. My daughters are witnessing terror on what seems a daily basis. I was actually on the way home from Foxwoods and decided around 2:30 to not go through Boston. I went around it and I was on rt. 128 when I heard at 2:50 about some kind of bomb and it's aftermath. I had to get home and turn on the news. I was also waiting for my parents to drop off my daughters at my house. There were some horrific images and recordings of the events coming through at that time. My daughters arrived with my parents. Fresh from a day at the park they were happy but I couldn't turn off the news. I sent them to watch Nickelodeon away from all the graphic images and news. My parents and I and my wife (who started doing housework....she does this when she "Can't control what happens...I have to keep busy") discussed some of the stuff coming on TV. I guess when I was a toddler and my parents went to a European vacation back in '73 or so...there was a terrorist strike at a landmark that they went to visit not long after they had been there. Nobody knows what to say or do...we just have to get through it...again. Later in the evening after trying to keep my daughters from the inevitable I had a conversation with my older daughter who is about to turn 8 in a couple of weeks. I asked her if she knew about what had happened and she just said "...about the bombs going off? yes I know about that...I heard it on the radio and saw some pictures." She was very matter-of-fact and seemed to know what was going on. I asked how she felt about it and the answer made me realize that our kids are almost completely desensitized to the horrific events. She kind of looked at me with some sad eyes and shrugged her shoulders and said "It happens...I guess....there is a lot of bad people that do these things right?" I sort of agreed and let her know that these things that happened yesterday (and the Sandy Hook massacre...which is still foremost on our minds and hers) are not normal. I can't believe it but then again I can believe it...
There is a story about a whole family practically wiped out. A son and daughter hugged their dad who ran the marathon at the finish line. They went back to the sidewalk and the first bomb went off. The eight year old boy died. His sister lost a leg and the mother was in brain surgery this morning still. They are from Dorchester. I also heard two brothers from the town I live in both lost a leg. They were standing next to the 8 year old boy and his family. Their mother also lives in out town. This is hitting home. There is some sort of media blackout happening. There are a ton of press conferences and media coverage sure....but there is still nothing that can be confirmed. God bless everybody in Boston and especially the victims of this cowardly act. The act of terror will not stop us from doing what we do....
It's actually The 'Who'....but who cares. I call them 'The Two' for obvious reasons. Me and a buddy of mine went to the Providence Civic Center AKA the 'Dunkin Donuts' center a couple of weeks ago. These guys still put on one hell of a show. Besides the fact that they can project the old footage of 'Quadrophenia' they can also project the Keith Moon and John Entwistle footage and jam along with them post mortem. I've seen them 5 times now....once for the 'Tommy' tour in the early 90's and twice for the 'Quadrophenia' tour. They are so great and the band they have filling in is incredible as well. Zach Starki (Ringo Starr's son) is an incredible drummer...and Simon Townsend is a great guitarist in his own right. They have to be to fill out the sound of the Who. Pino Palladino does his best John Entwistle impression....those are big shoes he's filling. I haven't been to the downtown area in Providence R.I. since the late 80's. I think I saw a hair band or two the last time I was there. 'Quadrophenia' is an underrated album of course. That's why Pete Townsend wants some recognition for it. It deserves recognition of course...but sadly it will never equal the success of 'Tommy'. With Pete and Roger Daltrey approaching 70...this will likely be the last time we see the Who. Pics because it happened...yes the pics are not exactly good. They are from an Apple iPhone 3GS which puts me in ancient apple time and camera pixelation. By the way...people who had tickets 35 years ago were welcome for free since that concert was cancelled due to the riot/trampling tragedy in Philadelphia I believe.
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