Saturday, August 4, 2012

Lynyrd Skynyrd and Allman Brothers

Jesse won second row tickets to see Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Allman Brothers.  This was our third date night in the last month, thanks to Jesse's mom for watching Jackson.  I was shocked at how close we really were to the stage.  There were literally thousands of people behind us!

The music was absolutely deafening.  I ended up begging a security worker for ear plugs.  The people around us were the stereotypical redneck fans drinking multiple cans of Bud Light, wearing Confederate flags, and waving lighters around.  Lynyrd Skynyrd played their biggest hits, including "Sweet Home Alabama", "Freebird", "Comin' Home", and my personal favorite, "Simple Man". 

Our camera battery died before we could get any good shots of The Allman Brothers.  Jesse and I had very different opinions of their performance.  Jesse was completely absorbed in the music and in his own world loving every minute of it.  On the other hand, I was completely over it.  The Allman Brothers had a full 1-2 minute silent transition between each song.  The songs they performed were literally 20 minute instrumentals in between a few lyrics.  They seemed like an amature garage band who were just jamming on stage with bizarre lava lamp images projected behind them.  On a positive note, I really enjoyed "Soulshine".

Random evidence of how drunk or rude people were includes:
  • Witnessing a guy puke outside of his car
  • Seeing another guy flash himself while he urinated in the parking lot
  • Having security remove a man who literally jumped over rows of seats just to get closer
  • Giving the same guy high-fives a dozen times
  • Getting alcohol sloshed on my feet repeatedly because the girl beside me couldn't hold her drink straight
It was a pretty unique experience being so close to the stage, listening to thousands of people sing along to the music.   

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