Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
That's really awesome Caseyfan! I'm insanely jealous of anyone who gets to go to a Gorge show or Alpine Valley show. If I get the opportunity next year, I think I'm going to plan a mini-vacation around Alpine Valley with a couple of my fellow DMB-fan friends.
Saturday's show ranks probably as the #2 best DMB show I've been to live -- and the only reason it isn't #1 is because I saw Neil Young guest with them in Detroit, which was such an unbelievable shock and treat that I don't think it'll ever be topped. I've been to 7 DMB shows, and this was the first one that I got to hear "Crush" played live (I'd always just miss it by one night), which was the song that actually got me into DMB back when I was in high school. I think I looked like one of those old Beatles fans freaking out when I heard the bass line that starts the song.
I was at the Cincy show last year -- it was absolutely miserable with the heat and humidity. Plus, they had technical difficulties that delayed the show start by over 20 minutes, so they hit curfew at 11pm (which is a stupid thing, but thats another story) before they finished the setlist. I have this hunch that we're due for a great show this year -- historically the Riverbend shows have actually been really good in terms of song variety. I'd love to hear them bust out something really old school, like Minarets or The Deed is Done, but I'd definately be satisfied if I walked out of Riverbend with Grey Street or Sweet Up & Down.
I'd love some Watchtower, but I'm not gonna get greedy.
Yeah, Cincy last year was terrible. I had 13th row tickets but I decided to take an internship in Arizona so I gave them to my sister. She was texting me the whole show making it sound like she was in the Arizona desert and I was in Ohio
Hopefully you'll get something like those 2003 and 2004 Riverbend shows...6/24/03 was my first show and probably the best setlist on paper I'll ever see including a run of:
Song That Jane Likes
Yeah, pure setlist wise that won't ever be topped for me. But Saturday's performance was one of my favorites. I'm trying not to get too greedy with Alpine this weekend.
And do Alpine if you get the chance. It is unbelievable. I camped next to a couple from Spokane, Washington this weekend where the Gorge is their home venue. They told me if given the choice to do the 3 Gorge shows or the 2 Alpine shows every summer they would go with Alpine. They said the atmosphere in the crowd and lots is much better. That's why they drive to Alpine every summer for the shows. Hopefully I can get out to the Gorge one of these years and make my own determination.