Christopher Cashell (topher) wrote,
Christopher Cashell

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Concert Fun.

On Friday evening, I got a call from a friend of mine at work, Jennifer. She asked me if I was a fan of U2. I enjoy a number of their songs, but I don't know that I would call myself a huge fan. I also don't own any of their albums.

Then, she asked me if I wanted to drive up to A/lbany (hour and a half drive) to see them the next day (Saturday). I thought about it for a few minutes, figured I didn't have anything better to do, and said sure, I'd go.

At this point, we began discussing out primary problem. . . the fact that we didn't have tickets and the show had been sold out for weeks now. Our first thought was that we'd jget tickets for a "concert caravan" that a lofcal radio station put together, including the ride up there, tickets, and dinner, since we'd heard they still had available tickets, but we couldn't get a hold of them.

Finally we decided we'd just drive up there and see what we could find. Jen had heard a rumor that you could often get tickets to sold out shows at the box office on the day of the show. Mostly its from tickets that were set aside for a certain purpose, but then released unused. For example, promotional tickets, or tickets for things like the "concert caravan" I mentioned.

We left at around 11am, and arrived around 12:30pm at the box office. We managed to get a parking spot directly in front of the Pepsi Arena, which was so perfect I couldn't believe we got it. We wandered our way up to the box office, and asked them about U2 tickets.

Unexpectedly, they not only had tickets, but they had good tickets. If you are interested to see where we were, check the seating chart here. Look at the second picture down, with the stage set to one side. However, the stage setup wasn't quite like that. . . they had a huge heart shaped walkway that that stage was inside of, and the tip of the heart came out to about the edge of seconds 1, 2, and 3, as well as taking up most of what would normally be those sections. We were in section 106, Row E (about 5 rows back). From where we were, the point of the heart came out almost directly in front of us.

We were thus left with some 5 hours to kill, since we didn't want to drive home just to turn around and drive back. We wandered around downtown for a little while, then picked a place called Jillians to eat. It was an interesting place, including a restaurant, arcade, pool hall, and dance club, all in one. We started out by eating lunch, then had a blast playing arcade games for a while. We mostly stuck with racing games so we could play together, but we finished up with an impressive bout of pinball.

It was one of the most impressive pinball games I've ever played. I believe the name was "Monster Bash". There is one point where a dracula figure moves about the table, and you can get bonus points for hitting him with the ball. There is a curved track that runs about 8 inches that he follows as he moves. It was hlarious, when he comes out he says, in a Dracula voice, "Now I will mesmerize you with my semi-circular movement!"

After that, we went to the State University of New York, one of the coolest looking buildings I've seen, and sat on some benches in front of it reading for an hour or so. As it hit around 6pm, we walked down to a little bar and grill, called the "Red Room", near the arena, for refreshments before the show.

The show was very good. I admitted above that I'm not a huge U2 fan, but I had a really good time, and I'm glad I went. I also discovered what a "true U2 fan" was like. I'm talking the kind that puts the fan in fanatic. ;-)

There was a girl in the row ahead of me. . . throughout the entire show, there were only two songs that she didn't sing along with. And, I'm not talking about singing the chorus, or even most of the lyrics. For every song but two, she sang every single word. You could tell by looking at her that she had no trouble at all, and I never saw her miss a word or appear to stumlbe with one. She also had tears running down her cheeks starting at the third song. (Of the two she didn't appear to know, one was a cover, the other I didn't know, and Jen (who has all of U2's CDs, had never heard either).

I honestly don't know that there is any band that I love so much that I could go to their concert confident that I could sing along with every song they played. There are a few bands that I could prolly manage close to, but I dunno.

Either way, I had a lot of fun, and a great day yesterday. Considering our lack of advanced planning, things went just about perfectly.

We're considering doing something similar in a few weeks when Madonna plays Madison Square Garden. That'd be a sweet show to see. ;-)

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