Monday, June 27, 2011

Taylor Swift at Gillette Stadium - June 25, 2011 with it..

Well I've never backed away from a show review when given the chance so I can't do it this time.

Yes, Saturday night I took my 12 year old to see Taylor Swift at Gillette Stadium. You read that right..a football stadium. A year ago she had played the same stadium and sold it out in less than 20 minutes. This tour she has some stadiums mixed in and Foxboro found two sold out shows. The first was Saturday.

Lucked out a few weeks ago with a ticket from ticketmaster. They had been “sold out” since December when both shows sold out in under 30 minutes. We had close seats on the side, but a little “too close” in that once you got beyond a certain point the rest of the stage you couldn't see. For example, if she had a live drummer, which she did, we couldn't see even the drum riser.

We arrived earlier than both of us would have liked, but you never know what a stadium crowd is going to bring. We got something to eat and waited for an hour or so for the first “act” to perform. I thought only one band was going to support but they rolled out two country singers. Clad with just acoustic guitars and two other guys James Wesley and Randy Montana both played very short sets, I'd say both were under 20 minutes in length. Need to Breathe played a 30 minute more rocking set before the headliner. None of them did a lot for me, but I am not really a fan of the genre.

Finally at about 9pm the stadium lights went down and the screams began. Earplugs are key here folks.

Taylor worked the stage very well. She was out on the catwalk in the crowd early, and often so I do give her credit there. At the end of the first song she stood there, with arms open sort of soaking it all in. At first it seemed popus, but then you could see she was genuinely moved by the ovation. She'd choke up a few times during the night due to the response. Genuine or not, it was refreshing to see her being so appreciative.

I don't think the set list varies all that much due to the technical aspects of her show. Based off the audience reaction she hit the money songs, and a few choice new and older tracks. The band was pretty strong, but Taylor of course if the focus. She played guitar, banjo, piano and ukelele and had a competent band and army of dancers and props to keep things interesting.

Later in the set she made her way via a walk down the side of the floor seats to a “tree' set up behind the main mixing board. The tree had a rotating base and she did three songs out that far. At the start of the second it began to rain. She was a trooper and kept going. Then it rained more...and she decided to move off the little stage and head back to the main stage. By the time she made her way to the stage it had started to rain harder. When she returned to the main stage she did one more song and then it REALLY opened up.

The rain was heavy and didn't let up. People were with her though. Taylor decided to embrace the fact she was going to get wet..and she dealt with it. She did a least two songs in the middle of the cat walk and didn't shy away from being wet. She was careful to not lose footing but I never saw her run towards the stage for cover or even a towel. Fireworks boomed and the band all came out to get wet for a curtain call. (The drummer slipped and fell coming out to the line up)

At that point my daughter and I headed up to the back of our section for cover. We bought ponchos and did what we could to hang on to the bitter end. I let her decide and she said she had enough after 1-2 more songs. We had long walk to the car, it was late and we were very wet.

As the jaded 40 something indie hipster I like to portray myself as you put all that stuff aside and just live vicariously through your kid(s) at a show like this. Its nice to be excited for something and then be rewarded when its given back. Taylor might not be for everyone but I didn't feel ripped off at all.

Some other non review type observations:

Creepy part of the show? The 18-23 year old male fans I saw with hand/home made T.Swift t-shirt. Not sure if they are there to meet girls or were just fans. Some of them were in groups as well, 3-4 of them, Beers in hand, Taylor Swift in glue pen on their shirts.

-Cowboy hats. Suddenly everyone wants to be a cowboy/girl
-Glow sticks – man if I had a dime for every one sold.
-Kudos for the management team for reasonable t-shirts. These kids all want sort of keepsake and I think $25.00 for a t-shirt is very fair.


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

This explains a lot...

On the cafeteria menu in one of the buildings here at "Innitech" (spot the typo)

Deli- Roast Beef Sandwich with Horseradish Mayo, Mescaline and Tomatoes.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Boston Bruins WIN!


Just Wow...they did it.

The Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup last night.

39 years coming and the Bruins did it.

I sat on the couch for over an hour after the game, just watching post game coverage, and the local news and sports networks just trying to drink it in.

It still hasn't sunk in....when will it?

Excited and happy and Finally.

Thanks Bruins for a great and fun year.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Butterflies..panic..happiness and sadness..scared too..

I sit here a few hours before face off.

I know, most people don't care about Hockey, but I do.

It is “My” sport. I am sure others could be considered more a “super fan” than I. I've remained as loyal as possible, always rooting, always hoping for the best....heck I even support the minor league team.

Sitting here a few hours before a game 7 is difficult. I want them to win...badly. For selfish reasons, for any reason at all you can figure. Just win. Please??!

I've had fun watching facebook chums, and co-workers that don't, or didn't care months ago suddenly falling in love, well at least lust, with a sport I like so much.

We have been fortunate in New England the last few years with the Patriots, Celtics and Red Sox all winning the big one. Some will say “spoiled” and that is fair too. Heck most teenagers these days have no idea of the “dark days” us old folks have had to endure. The Red Sox went 80+ years for goodness sake. I can understand the thrill to long time fans and I was on my couch hoping for the playoff win(s) like countless others.

This is different though....

I care.

Far too much.

I am not a face painter or shirt popper or finger #1 wagger.

I just want to feel it has been worth it

Win or lose it has been a great, fun ride and I am sad the season comes to an end but the playoffs have been long and guys are getting hurt so its time to “reel it in” and close it down for a few months.

For the fans young and old I am hopeful and hope to celebrate something that has been a long time coming.

Lets go Bruins clap clap, clap clap clap

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

For da heck of it...

Two days of hot weather and then we will be in the 60's this weekend? Odd.

Phish last night was pretty good.

Hanging at home listening to the new Fucked Up cd (which I really like so far) and the new Battles cd is next.


Oh yeah..Go Bruins!