, attached to 2016-06-26

Review by jessPHenry

jessPHenry So it was great to see our guys back at DEER CREEK, as the last time I saw them at this venue was back in '04 right after I graduated high school... the year of my "First & Last" show (or so I thought) -- it was a very bittersweet time of my life. Though they had been back to The Creek between then and now, I admit that I fell off the train with a broken heart for a few years and I needed to have my trust earned back...it took me a while to get back on the train but now I'm gone (but really I mean ON) and I'll never look back again!!

Anyway, let's get down to the nitty gritty about this show...

Things got a little crazy with the weather delay, so we found ourselves marooned out in the lot for a little while...but not as long as we thought we would be.
Before the quoted 90 minute delay had elapsed, event staff came cruising around in golf carts to announce the gates were open! It turned into a mad dash to get into the venue and we all got crowded up at the front gates. But security was cool and got everyone in pretty quickly, even though they were tearing the tickets!
*Helping Friendly Hint: take a photo of your ticket when you get it so that if it happens to get torn at entry, you don't risk losing your download code.

Once inside, the first two merch booths were immediately sold out of posters but the one closest to the stage had a few left. I feel that the poster situation would be a lot less stressful and there MIGHT be enough to go around if it were legislated that each person can only buy one poster, cause you know they're just selling their extra posters online for an inflated price.
I missed the first two songs of Set I, but I was one of the lucky ones and got a poster then made it to my pav seat just in time for the start of Camel Walk (all us camels with our poster tube humps on our backs).
I had a spectacular pav view of the stage, but really I don't think there's a bad seat in the house there.

Soon after it began to rain a bit, but I don't think anyone on the lawn minded...it had been quite warm and humid outside all day (97 degrees-ish) so it was an inevitable cool break from the heat. Also it was nice that the venue allowed us to bring in sealed water jugs.

Of course both sets were fun, but the second set + encore was my favorite of the night. It just seemed to have a beautiful message built into the song selections.
The older I get, the more I hear the Universe speaking to me through music...

I'd like to point out that I think the new light rig is AWESOME!! What used to be the best light show in the business has now been elevated to a whole new psychedelic level!

I admit, I've become a "do-no-wrong" sort of fan over the past few years, but somehow I still always find myself pleasantly surprised and excited by the new cool stuff these guys throw our way....CAUSE IT WAS ALL RIGHT!!!
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