Thursday, March 25, 2010

Circle Arc 2: Philly

OK. Wow. Just… Section 1, row 16, seat 1 (Richie’s side, first section behind the circle people, on the aisle next to the tiered seats).

The second night was definitely better than the first. I had a fantastic time at the first show, but this one was out of this world. I was on Richie’s side for the first time in my (admittedly) short tour history. We were on the aisle, so stationed right in front of the security people who were all about “no professional cameras” so I had to leave my Canon EOS at home. I had my POS point-and-shoot digital which would have been fine if we were up in the pit (haha) but for where our seats were, it just didn’t take good shots, so it spent the evening in my purple leather handbag.

The lost photo opportunities SO really didn’t matter to me once we got going (and not just because between Catte and FM, they gave me 1300+ shots that are right now on my laptop. In fact, the photos in this review are ALL theirs.). I was able to really concentrate on the show and watch it as it unfolds “live” as it were, instead of through a camera lens. Though for sure, using my zoom brought me VERY close to the action, and I could see better, this way, I saw more.

I caught Bobby’s ass-shake and Richie’s hand gestures during pain (the best one? Come to me, be my disguise *shiver*) Caught Jon laying down on the job, sprawling on the circle platform during Bed of Roses. Saw Richie’s mom, and thought Jon should have danced with her; that would have been really sweet to see. Saw (and I still can’t believe this) a girl actually PUSH JON AWAY FROM HER to take a F’N PICTURE! Seriously! When he was doing his walk from stage to circle during Love’s the Only Rule, you know how he gets people to do the whoa-oa-oa-oa’s with him in the mic? This chick was having none of it. *shakes head in disbelief* Ah well. Probably she’s a Richie Girl, so I’ll cut her some slack.

And damn. The setlist. SO many good surprises (for me). A whopping 7 cuts from The Circle: Happy Now, Follow, Thorn, Beautiful, Superman, Working Man, Only Rule. Love it.

Only Detroit got the same number of songs (though they got Bullet where we got Happy Now). Opening with Happy Now was fantastic. They left the “intro screen” down over the stage for partway through the song intro – the crowd was going nuts! Jon should do the matinee performances more often. His – erm – energy level was sky high (flyin’ like an aeroplane). Very fun, jumpy Jonny last night.

Note to the “Captain Crash” guy from Tuesday night: Even though you got your song on the second night, it still is not cool to hold up your sign the whole show. This song was a nice surprise. I heard it during the last two tours, and it is one of those songs either you love, or you sit down for – at least if MY section was anything to go by. Me? I was waving Crash in the whole time. A few others in my section were, and Jon saw us and smiled.

I was once again floored by the amount of people who sat down during Richie’s solo, and some of the slower Circle tunes.

Homebound Train was frickin’ AMAZING. So suited for his voice, and while the YouTubes are great, no comparison to the sexiness of seeing him do it live (that sounded dirty; I meant seeing him sing the song live, though I’m sure the same holds true for the other). Catte and I were singing at the top of our lungs, making sure the “woo-woos” made it in. The girl in the row in front of us (sitting) next her (sitting) boyfriend leaned in to him to say “Oh yeah, I forgot about that part”. We made sure ALL the double-woo’s were accounted for. My throat is still scratchy.

I do need to bring up three other rules of concert etiquette; the first two as a favor to the Fiction Mistress. Hygiene. Personal hygiene. Have some. At least put on deodorant or SOMETHING before the show, and if you have a stinky hat (and you know who you are) please do not wave it in front of the faces of the people around you. Not only are you obscuring their view, but you’re making them a little bit nauseous. Ditto for the guy singing really loudly and upwind who hasn’t met a toothbrush or bottle of Scope. Beer breath is one thing. Bad breath is something else entirely.

The second piece of etiquette is self-awareness. Know where you are. Know where your body parts are. And please, don’t spend the whole show with said body parts in my face. Clap, wave, point, dance. Have a great time. Without question. Don’t push past me as soon as the monitors come out of the band’s ears and trip over the chairs because you had one too many $9 beers. Don’t leave your arms folded on your head for the whole show – your elbows wind up blocking the stage like The Flying Nun’s wimple.

The final piece of etiquette is about the encore. This one (perhaps) isn’t so much of a rule as a personal pet peeve. You’ve sat through 2 ½ hours of a fantastic show. The band is getting ready to leave the stage, and everyone around you is cheering and applauding, giving them what is (arguably) the best part of the evening – the accolades. I understand wanting to beat feet to the parking lot to try to get ahead of the traffic, but are those three minutes at the end really too much to ask for? If the answer is yes, and you feel the need to go, don’t shove your way out of the row, trip over a chair, and give ME a dirty look because your feet don’t work.

That being said, I honestly can’t remember the last time I smiled so much. A great show.


1. Happy Now
2. We Weren't Born To Follow
3. You Give Love A Bad Name
4. Thorn In My Side
5. Born To be My baby
6. Lost Highway
7. Captain Crash
8. Sleep When I'm Dead
9. When We Were Beautiful
10. Superman Tonight
11. We Got It Goin' On
12. Bad Medicine/Bad Case Of Loving You/Shout
13. It's My Life
14. Homebound Train (Richie VOX)
15. Make A Memory
16. Bed of Roses
17. Love For Sale
18. Something For the Pain
19. Keep the Faith
20. Work For the Working Man
21. Who Says You Can't Go Home (acoustic intro)
22. Love's the Only Rule


1. Only Lonely
2. Wanted
3. Prayer

Album Song Count

The Circle ~ 7
New Jersey ~ 4
Slippery When Wet ~ 3
Lost Highway ~ 3
Keep The Faith ~ 3
Crush ~ 2
These Days ~ 1
Have A Nice Day ~ 1
7800 Fahrenheit ~ 1

Now, as to the band interaction. Willow and Fiction Mistress were on David’s side, close enough to “sign him”. Willow took my “Show me Joker” sign, and we made a new one inviting him to join us in NYC tonight for Memphis. She got his attention with the first side: “MEMPHIS 2MORO”. He gave her the eyebrow raise and a big smile. The other side said “WANNA COME?” and he nodded enthusiastically. Catte caught it on video (and promises to get it and her others up to youtube in a few days) so I can’t wait to see it. We’ll let you know if we actually see him around town tonight. We’re not holding our breath, but how cool would that be???

Catte and I had our own sign.

If you were at / listened to the MMR Matinee, you heard that Richie’s on the hunt (lol). That’s right, he’s on the lookout for the future ex-Mrs. Sambora. So, in order to help a fella out (because I’m nothing if not helpful), I made a big sign proclaiming myself to be a “FUTURE EX MRS. SAMBORA”. I know Richie can’t see much beyond the end of his nose, especially in an arena, but I’m pretty sure Jon and David saw it.

I won’t delve too deeply into the shallow portion of the review except to say Richie took my breath away in that tight red t-shirt. All sorts of sweaty, sweaty goodness. Damn.

I’ve got a lazy day today, waiting for Willow to get home from work around lunchtime so we can get a move on to NYC. I am so looking forward to today! Then it’s on the bus back to Boston tomorrow, two nights at Mohegan.

Bring it on.

~ Hath


tranquilmoment,  March 25, 2010 at 10:38 AM  

Love your review and wit!! Yes, Richie is looking mighty fine these days! LOL Thanks again for sharing it will all of us.

Susan (akjovi),  March 25, 2010 at 10:42 AM  

I love your blog!!! Thanks for sharing and please blog after your other shows and your time in NYC. I went to both Seattle shows and believe me they were great, but now I'm thinking they were vanilla compared to what you are getting!
Thanks again and I look forward to reading lots more!!!

Big Apple Jen March 25, 2010 at 11:56 AM  

Great show. Period. I will go out on a limb and say probably the best show since MSG2 for the HAND tour (though Giants3 was pretty awesome.)

I was 5th row center section -- lots of great interaction with Jon -- and the couple next to me left about halfway thru so I had lots of room to move around and dance and sing. :-)

I totally agree with experiencing the concert with my actual eyes rather than thru a lens ... in the last two shows I took one picture of Tico with my blackberry. That's it. LOL

Am working on my own review of the show, but need to do at least a little work today before the Mohegan show tomorrow. Hehe.

Anonymous,  March 25, 2010 at 2:55 PM  

Aw you're reviews are making me wish its May 28th already and that I'm on the plane across the pond. I'm so glad you blog your time at the shows, I'm living vicariously through you!


Karen/Blue Eyed Angel,  March 25, 2010 at 4:19 PM  

Love your review.... only sad part for me for the past two nights, was not being able to meet up with you!! Thanks for the texts, though, and I hope we have better luck next time (Hershey? Giants stadium?) I was in the Pit, row 4 last night (last minute decision to purchase one of the few unsold pit tickets, and I won't regret that decision ever! I was on the Bobby side,though, got to see more than I will ever get to see again! Wish my pics of Richie came out better, but I'll never forget that smile anyway! What an awesome night... I agree, too -- Wednesday night was so much better than Tuesday... I got a picture of Richie's mom, too -- she was standing right behind me for the opening! So cute! Enjoy your show tonight.... and I hope we meet next time!

Becky March 25, 2010 at 7:24 PM  

Great review, Hath! Thank you! I love reading all these personal experiences, and yours brought me right back to my shows -- not only because of how you felt about the music and band interaction, but those are my three RULES OF ETIQUETTE too. LOL seriously, for the love of God, have some respect for others around you (esp w/ the bad breath/body odor thing...YUCK)

So glad you had such a good time, and I am increasingly sad that my tour is over (for now). HOPEFULLY I will make it to goin'?

RoDaJoKy March 25, 2010 at 7:46 PM  

Great review! We had a blast too, but you say it so much better! My sis-in-law's friend moved us from our nosebleed seats to a club box on sidestage (David). AMAZING! Only complaint about club box - people get up & down too much (to get to bar), get in the way, talk too much. Greatest thing about club box - private bathroom - awesome!!! Also, a little far away for great pics, but that didn't stop me from taking videos. lol

From the sounds of where your seats were & other responder's seats, you guys just might be in some of my videos. I'll let you know when I get them online. I'm still upset with myself for not getting Jon's 'shirt strip' while he was running off stage. I was like a deer caught in headlights & couldn't react fast enough.*crap* That was my only show, so I'm now in post concert depression. :(

InTheseArms March 26, 2010 at 3:03 AM  

I had nosebleed seats for Detroit and still thought it was an awesome show. I can't even imagine how much better being that close would be! Re: concert etiquette - if you MUST consume 15 beers during the two hour show, necessitating 15 trips to the bathroom, and passing in front of everyone in the aisle 30 times, interrupting their view and compromising their concert experience, could you AT LEAST not push your way through during "Hallelujah"? For gawds sake people, understand the concept of a "moment"! That was my only show this tour.... unless they add dates later, maybe. And I come into some extra $. So I also still have post concert depression. :p


Anonymous,  March 26, 2010 at 2:33 PM  

Thank you for the reports! Very much you're lucky!I loved this blog!

Lea,  March 27, 2010 at 2:54 AM  

Being in a small town in Australia I don't know much about Nikki Lund...but if she and her designs are going to keep Richie looking as great on stage as he has been this tour, I hope she sticks around!!

Ohhhh boy he's looking gooood!!

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