Kaaboo 9/17/17

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Kaaboo Day 3

We had a couple of hours to get our shit together this morning before we had to catch the bus and it was quite literally the struggle bus. Two days of constant drinking in the sun on your feet will do that to a person but here we were about to do it for the third day in a row. You only live once, right?

T-Pain took the stage immediately after we arrived. I am not a fan whatsoever but he is one of those guys that you cannot really avoid exposure to unless you are living under a rock. Ingrid loved it. I do have to give credit where credit is due though and say I respected his enthusiasm and control of the crowd. There is something to be said about someone performing that looks like they are actually enjoying what they are doing.

We did run into Larry and Christina but Larry understandably did not want any part of our madness since he had to get on a 4:30 am flight the next day.

The first band I wanted to see was Live, who I had only seen one other time WAY back in 1995 at the height of their popularity when the album Throwing Copper was fairly new. I have always been a big fan and they sounded great. It must be weird for a band to go from headlining festivals to playing during the day on a Sunday at one but they took it in stride and killed it. It was an interesting choice to throw covers of “I Walk The Line” by Johnny Cash and “Like A Stone” by Audioslave into an already shortened set but it sounded really good.

At this point we were able to meet back up with Keith, Sierra, Keith’s friend Chris and his girlfriend to watch Alanis Morrisette. There is exactly one song of hers that I really like (Joining You) which I knew she would not play but I respect her as a talent. It was shocking to see her as a bleach blonde and playing a shimmery Stratocaster for about 1/3 of the songs but she was good. I’m sure her hardcore fans left satisfied.

The grand finale of the night and festival as a whole was none other than Mr. Tom Petty. This was my third time seeing him but the last time was about seven years before this. What can I say? He and the Heartbreakers crushed it in a way that you can only crush it from doing it as long as they have been doing it. They sounded fucking fantastic. If they sound great through laptop speakers on a YouTube video that was taken with a shitty phone camera then you can imagine how good they sounded in person. I did not get to hear my favorite tunes “Breakdown” and “You Got Lucky” but they played for a solid two hours and “Refugee” was about as good as it gets.

Once the bus dropped us off we made our Lyft driver take us through the Arby’s drive through. Three days might have been a bit much but all in all Kaboo was a success despite spending over $100 each per day on alcohol. Until next year…

 

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Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers 10/5/10

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This was the second time I had the pleasure of seeing Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and it was at the same venue as the first time I saw them. They were touring for the album Mojo that was released about 4 months before this, which was Tom Petty’s first album with the Heartbreakers in eight years.

We originally had Lawn tickets but almost halfway through the set Techno showed up with enough tickets to get all of us down the 100 Level. Down we went but when got there we quickly realized we had one more ticket than seats available and of course I was the guy standing nearest the person in the row not in our group. I stayed anyway much to the chagrin of the man standing next to me with his two kids. It was slightly cramped but nobody was actually sitting down so I figured what the hell. The guy was really not happy when I sparked up a joint. He made his unhappiness known by uttering a simple “really?” to me. I volleyed that “really” right back to him. Smoking pot at a Tom Petty show? Is that really a surprise to you? I understand he was trying to protect his kids but I was conscious of the kids and made sure the smoke went away from them. Shortly after this settling in episode Tom launched into “Breakdown,” which was pure magic. So good. Another highlight was “Don’t Come Around Here No More.” The whole bubble we were in seemed to light up both literally and figuratively. I was robbed of hearing “You Got Lucky” for a second time but I am not going to whine about it. I got to see Tom Petty for the second time!

SETLIST: “Listen to Her Heart,” “You Don’t Know How It Feels,” “I Won’t Back Down,” “Free Fallin’,” “Oh Well,” “Mary Jane’s Last Dance,” “Kings Highway,” “Breakdown,” “Jefferson Jericho Blues,” “Good Enough,” “Running Man’s Bible,” “I Should Have Known It,” “Learning to Fly,” “Don’t Come Around Here No More,” “Refugee,” “Runnin’ Down a Dream,” “American Girl”

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