Just wanted to gripe amongst friends about our recent concert experience.
The hubby and I went to see Tom Petty (and the Black Crowes opening) on Friday night at the Meadows in Hartford, CT. It was a terrific night for an outdoor concert for which we had purchased lawn seats off of a work colleague of the hubby.
Well, this was the first and LAST time I will ever go to a concert at this venue. The tickets included free parking that was like a mile away. OK, maybe I need the exercise, but this was ridiculous. As a venue, it was pretty nice and the acoustics for lawn seats were pretty good. Very much like Foxboro (now Tweeter center) near Boston that we have gone too for a number of concerts over the years.
Security was extremely tight going in. We were told no duffles, etc. so just brought a blanket to sit on. I guess you could bring a lot more in if you wanted cuz the couple sitting in front of us had a freakin' meal and a whole lot more stuff with them! Not wanting to spend $7 for a beer or drive impaired, we opted for $4 sodas. Venue policy was that we get the soda but they open it up THEN and keep the cap! What security objective does this further???????? Especially when had we could have brought "factory sealed" sodas with us apparently The security getting in was pretty amazing for a relatively small venue. Everything but drug sniffing dogs.
Speaking of which .... that's what they needed IMO. For all the security and measures to make sure nobody with less than a small disposable family fortune gets drunk, or God forbid I suppose smoke cigarettes (not sure about that actually, but I know at Tweeter the rules are absurd), there was NO security presence regarding the rampant and blatant use of MJ. The air stunk of weed the entire night and several folks in our plain view were lighting up. It was enough to where both of us felt a bit stoned leaving the concert and I can't imagine it was much different for the many and several families with kids sitting there (there is a "family section" -- presumably where the security doesn't look the other way about pot smoking?). Grrrrrrr. If they're going to be so strict on the alcohol, maybe they could do the same for MJ so those of us that aren't pot heads can enjoy the concert or, at least, allow us to bring in alcohol and get too drunk to notice the idiots smoking
Ahh but it made for interesting people watching as usual. We were entertained by Mr. No Rythm dancing, the couple that were clearly stoned before lighting up that managed to get the use of the lawn chairs of the two women sitting in front of them by sharing a few tokes. One of those women looked vaguely like Paris Hilton and was dancing ... uh ... interestingly ... most of the time. Hubby dubbed her Paris Comfort Inn.
All of this would have been fine had Tom Petty been any good that night. For starters, the Crowes played too long, but a couple of their numbers were quite well performed. My hubby noticed Petty flubbing the words on the second or third song and he was clearly blasted on something. Later in the show he was staggering and holding his hands over his mouth while singing -- thing is the side angle shots put on the monitors for us lawn seat folks clearly showed he wasn't singing. There were more long musical solos than I recall ever hearing at a Petty concert. We've been to at least eight different Petty concerts between us and they have always been great shows -- which is why we spent the money to go again! Still, he could have lip synced I suppose if at LEAST he had a decent song selection. Sadly it wasn't to be, and this will probably be the last Petty concert we attend unless we hear rave reviews about some future tour. Sniffle.
OK, lament over. LOL
Evie with eyes finally recovering from all the smoke!
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