Reading about ReadingSeptember 12 2002 at 8:53 PM
|Regina Litman |
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I'm glad to see so many others have posted about Reading. I had a great time, and the best thing about this concert is that for the first time, I was included in a pre-concert get-together. First, I didn't know about these until the Internet age, and second, it was always difficult making time to get together with everyone.
Iris, I thought about you at dinner because we went to a restaurant called the Kansas City Steakhouse. And the rolls that were served with dinner were decorated with the letters K and C on the top!
(The concert, the concert! Everyone wants to know about THE CONCERT. They don't want to read a Snackin' Rosie post about food!)
Well, let me tell you about seeing Neil in the lobby before he left for the show. He was wearing a hat that said, "I'm A Believer", which I understand were sold during the British Isles tour but so far haven't been made available here. And he seemed in great spirits.
The arena is smaller than anywhere I've seen Neil in recent memory. And this made it very noisy place - beautiful noise, though. Neil made a remark about being lubrication that heads to the noisiest spot, which I have read he has made in other concerts recently. So, I think that each section was trying to outdo all of the others, in order to get Neil back.
Although this was an endstage concert, it felt more like an in-the-round concert. One reason was that, even though I sat on the side (not in a floor seat), I was very close to the stage. And also, in the Reading arena, the seats behind the stage were sold, and Neil made sure he played to them, too. So, there were times when he was behind the musicians from my vantage point. (Those people who like to see his butt would have liked these moments.)
The "Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon" segment featured a shorter time with the woman chosen from the audience. Someone I spoke to in the hotel lobby after the show said he had done a similar routine in Memphis.
I enjoyed hearing "The Boat That I Row" in concert for the first time. Even though I had been reading here that he had been singing it, it was still a surprise for me.
I think there was a net addition of two songs compared to what he sang in Philadelphia last year.
Added: "Play Me", "Hello Again", "The Boat That I Row"
Dropped: "At The Movies"
I can't think of any others that he dropped. He did not, however, sing "September Morn" or "Love On The Rocks", two songs he's been doing elsewhere lately.
As I watched the show, I could see it become a T.V. special or a home video very easily.
Unfortunately, there were some glitches near the end of the show. During "Shilo", the whole sound was lost for one or two split seconds. I thought for a moment that the power had gone out, but the lights remained on. And then, his mike (I think the proper spelling these days may be "mic") didn't work at the beginning of the last two full songs, "Cracklin' Rosie" and "Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show". I think he must have been very upset with these, and that's probably why he went right from the hotel door to the elevator without stopping to talk to anyone after the show.
One thing I learned on Tuesday was the proper pronunciation of Tom Sadge's (and Marion Sadge's) last name. I figured that it rhymed with "badge", but it is pronounced like "sage". One of the women at the hotel front desk thought Tom was Neil because he was walking around in almost full make-up and hair style, and she grabbed a disposable camera from the gift shop. But even after she realized it was not Neil, she still wanted pictures, and her boss was in a generous mood and told her she could have it without paying for it since it was a special occasion. I hope she got pictures of Neil eventually.
I had a great time with Freelife, Soma, Kirk, Michelle, Darlene, Rick or Rich from Cincinnati, Chris, Amanda (Chris' girlfriend), Judy, KathyP, and John. I know there was someone else sitting in between Kirk and Michelle, and I'm sure it's someone I know, but I am drawing a blank right now!
- Oh, Of Course, How Could I Forget? - Regina Litman on Sep 12, 8:59 PM
- Read your insurance books in bed, into the night? That's just sick! lol - Tori aka Thelma on Sep 12, 10:42 PM
- Hey Tori my AIM is down for the moment NT - Alan Smith on Sep 12, 11:26 PM
- The Insurance Books - Regina Litman on Sep 13, 7:56 PM
- Ok, gotcha... - Tori on Sep 14, 8:23 AM
- Re: Reading about Reading - The gang from Pgh-Den,Judi,Frank,Ginger&Linda on Sep 13, 4:22 PM
- Thanks for the review, Regina - Flame on Sep 13, 10:01 PM