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Poison Concert

June 11th, 2018 Comments off

Saturday we went to see Poison live at the venue in Tinley Park (currently called Hollywood Casino Amphitheater). I did my due diligence and checked the website to see what we could bring in and still got screwed when we arrived at the gate because the list posted there was not the same. They said empty refillable water bottles were allowed but they didn’t specify they can’t be aluminum.

After a trip back to the car to leave my bottle, we once again got in line and since the idiot checking bags only looked in the main compartment of my backpack, we were able to sneak in three water bottles even though the sign stated one per person (Joe had the other two). Of course, they made us open both water bottles they knew about and confiscated the caps because they are assholes. Seriously, WTF? They are SO worried about littering that they also don’t give lids or straws with any drinks you order either. So… we had to carry around our bottles of water we weren’t yet ready to drink and make sure not to spill them. God, I hate that place!

Unfortunately we’ll be back there in late July for another concert so I’m going to sneak in bottle caps just because I can. Screw them. Also, there’s going to be littering no matter what they do – someone left a half-empty container of nachos and their drink on the stairs leading up to the lawn area when there’s garbage cans right there. Did anyone working at the venue clean it up? Nope. It was there for a good hour at least. SMH

Anyway, we had purchased seats way in the back so I wasn’t prepared to have my ears nearly blown out by the opening act, Pop Evil. I think I might have enjoyed their music better if I wasn’t worried the tinnitus in my right ear was going to get worse.

After they left the stage we decided to move to the lawn area (we brought a blanket just in case) where the sound for the next act, Cheap Trick, was much better even if I only recognized one of the songs they played.

It wasn’t until after 9 pm before Poison took the stage. They were good, though, and I knew more than one song which was nice. I had just returned to a trip to the furthest away bathroom (because the one closest to the seating had a ridiculous line all evening) when they had just started Unskinny Bop which we were hoping they’d play. By that point it was after 10 pm so I decided to google their previous set lists for the tour to see if we could gauge how much longer they’d be playing. From what I could tell after the guitar and drum solos they were only going to play Every Rose Has It’s Thorn so we decided to leave. We patted ourselves on the back for beating everyone to the lot and being able to exit without a long wait.

Now when I check the set list I see we missed the one song we had hoped they play – Nothin But A Good Time. Son of a!!! Plus they played a two-song encore after that! Kinda pissed about that, but what can you do? I’ll need to do my research ahead of time or just suck it up and stay til the end and deal with waiting out all the people to leave.

We were pretty exhausted Sunday so all we did was watch My Name Is Earl ALL DAY LONG. Seriously, we pretty much watched the entire 1st season. I forgot how good that show is!

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Cure Concert

May 18th, 2008 1 comment

What a fantastic show (not that I expected anything less)! 3 hours of Cure-filled goodness.

Here’s the setlist. I bolded the songs I enjoyed.

Plainsong, Prayers For Rain, alt.end, A Night Like This, The Walk, The End of the World, Lovesong, Pictures of You, Lullaby, The Perfect Boy, From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea, Hot Hot Hot, Sleep When I’m Dead, Push, Friday I’m in Love, Inbetween Days, Just Like Heaven, Primary, Never Enough, The Only One, Wrong Number, One Hundred Years, Disintegration

1st encore: If Only Tonight We Could Sleep, The Kiss
2nd encore: Lovecats, Freakshow, Close To Me, Why Can’t I Be You?
3rd encore: Boys Don’t Cry, Jumping Someone Else’s Train, Grinding Halt, 10:15 Saturday Night, Killing An Arab.

Total = 34 songs.

Once again, I got screwed out of my Seventeen Seconds encore, but more on that later.

I was peeved on the way to the venue after seeing this, but once we got there and I saw where our seats were, I quickly got over it. For some reason I thought we were higher up and further back than we actually ended up. Our line of sight was quite excellent (other than the red-head who danced the whole time a few rows ahead, but I ended up sliding over to the empty seat on my left so I could still see Robert). We were close to the aisle too which made my frequent trips to the bathroom easier. I also gave into the evil that is Allstate Arena concessions and got a $4.50 bottle of water (which they put in a plastic cup, thus being even more wasteful) and $3.75 pretzel.

Oh and before I forget to document this, it is fucking FREEZING inside the arena. I almost felt sorry for the hootchie girls in their tank tops and capris, but not really. Who wears heels to a concert? Seriously. I had on jeans and my beloved Let’s Go To Bed t-shirt that Joe bought me when we were first dating after I lamented how I hesitated buying it from The Clubhouse the one time I saw it and the next time I went there it was gone. I’m not sure I’ve ever actually worn a Cure shirt to a Cure concert before so that was kinda cool. But I digress.

Even though dear Robert did NOT play my favorite song in the whole world, A Forest, which he played at the majority of the other shows, I still really enjoyed myself, particularly when a group of their faster more pop-like songs began with Friday I’m In Love. First off, the hearts from the single’s cover that spun around on the screens were so cute and they seemed to dance along to the music. Secondly, everyone was singing along even more so than any other Cure show I’ve been to (and this marks #5). The energy was just amazing! Check out this video someone posted over at YouTube.

That being said, I was a little disappointed in the second half of the show. Don’t get me wrong, it was still good, just not as good as the first half. Plus Robert completely butchered Disintegration. I mean, it was god awful. Clearly the worst song of the night and I love love love that song! After the song Robert said some words to the effect of something being “fucking awful” but I can’t make out a word that man says so I’m not sure if he was referring to the song or his voice since I read that he was having vocal problems. Wrong Number wasn’t too hot either and I don’t know why he seems to always play If Only Tonight We Could Sleep because that is one of my least favorite songs of the band’s and didn’t they realize I was there? ;)

The encores were a bit disappointing too as I was hoping for the classic Seventeen Seconds lineup – Play For Today, M, and my beloved aforementioned A Forest. I don’t get all the hub-bub over Lovecats but I seemed to be the only one as the audience went ape-shit over it. Once they got to the third and final encore, which were songs from Three Imaginary Boys and Boys Don’t Cry, I knew I wasn’t going to get my wish. Jumping Someone Else’s Train was pretty bad-ass, though!

Despite my moments of “what the fuck?” and slight disappointment, I’d still say it was an amazing show. The light effects alone were awesome and really tied well to the music. Their playing was impressive considering they no longer have a keyboard player. I love The Cure live and as long as they keep playing, I’ll keep paying Ticketbastard insane prices to see them.

Side note: We managed to avoid the hour-long trying to get the fuck out of the parking lot fiasco by parking in the back away from where everyone else was directed to park. I believe everyone used the South entrance while we used the North. I made my last trip to the bathroom during 10:15 Saturday Night and we stood in the concourse to listen to Killing An Arab. Once Robert said goodnight, we high-tailed it out of there and were one of the first cars out of the lot, nearly behind what we think might have been The Cure’s tour bus! It had a police escort and was headed to the airport so I can’t imagine who else it was. If it was in fact them, I’m impressed with how quickly they got out of there.

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