fillmore: The police (not The Police) had everyone go to the south/west bound side of I-24, which is the side the festival is on. We were diverted back to mile marker 127 (exits share the mile marker ID) which was about 14 - 16 miles from the venue. We made it in and were set up in about 3 hours compared to the approx. same situation in 2003 which took over 10 hours. Compare that to the experience at a "nearby" venue called Nissan Pavilion which takes over 4 hours to get into (normally an 1.5 hour drive) and several more, at least, to get out and I'd give the Tennessee locals fairly high grades for dealing with the situation @ Bonnaroo.
Leadbelly: The conflicts @ Bonnaroo can really be difficult, for sure. This year I was more prepared to make the difficult decisions because I had already seen Keller Williams Incident @ Vegoose in October and the overwhelming vote in our camp was for Super Jam so I was in good company either way the Super Jam show went, which it went AMAZING!!! I have to say Super Jam was the best show I've seen in decades, in that genre of blues/psychedelic/skull fucking music!!! But I also knew it was probably my last chance to see SCI before Bill Nershi leaves the band. I really wished I could be in two places at once, for sure. Having seen Super Jam on Friday night, I was less worried about missing anyone that JPJ appeared with, EXCEPT Bob Weir, which my Outer World surveillance team informed me did not happen. I did catch an encore of "Dazed and Confused", with JPJ during Ben Harper's show, which was the best 10 mins. of his stand alone show. Clearly (and understandably) Ben was drained by the previous night's performance and subsequent practice sessions required for such a once in a lifetime show, as Super Jam. As far as The Lips - vs - Gov' Mule that was a bit tougher. I've seen Warren at least a half dozen times with Phil Lesh and once with The Allman Brothers Band @ Bonnaroo 2003 but I missed The Lips epic show that year @ Bonnaroo. The entire next day I had to hear from my son and nephew (both whom I told to go see these guys) what a great show they had seen (and I had missed). I did get a chance to redeem myself in 2005 when I saw an excellent Lips show @ All Good Festival but the weather sucked and I still wasn't satisfied. This year's show surpassed my every expectation! We blew off The Police's good but not great set to get up close for a show my whole family could feel coming, for daze! We were about 20 feet in front of the sound board directly center of the stage. Wayne and Co. historically set up their own equipment (which is way cool) and during some banter with fans they indicated they may start the show early. About 11 pm Wayne came out and said that they couldn't start early, in respect to other bands playing and what not (which was tongue in cheek BS) but they would do a "sound check" which led into a full fledged, sonic assault in the form of "War Pigs" complete with lasers, smoke and most importantly great music. It was the best cover of that song I've ever heard and it was apparent they were very tight! Then they went about their business as if nothing happened while 20,000 avid fans were ecstatic! The show they put on, which started shortly before midnight and lasted until about 3 am was incredible. They now have a full time drummer and their sound has gotten back to where it was several years ago when they were a 4 member band. The entire time this was going on, I knew I was missing another great show and another appearance by JPJ and Bob Weir. I did catch the end of Gov' Mule's show and an excellent "That's What Love Will Make You Do" which was way cool. And in typical Bonnaroo fashion for me, I was too drained to catch the DJ Shadow show which may have been the best of the weekend, according to my crack team of Other Worldly Experiences Surveillance and Reporting (they take over after 3 am due to Union issues). That in mind, I begin training for Bonnaroo 2008 next month.
As far as what it takes to get 25 years of marital bliss under your belts, I can say it has been a bit of good luck in combination with hard work that has made our formula work. During a tough time for us, my step father gave us both these words of wisdom that have helped:
Don't think of a relationship as a 50% - 50% scenario but rather 100% - 100%, that way you're always covered. If you end up with anything left over, you can always put it under your mattress. And if you follow that idea, you'll have a lot of good stuff going on top of the mattress as well, which also helps a whole bunch :)
The Dude Abides!
funny you mention finances, it was just the other day my old lady said something like:
'why don't we just put all of that cash in a safety deposit box?'
do what works for you,
in our house:
I am the boss, but she is the decision maker. ( -:
works for us.
Thanks CC Joe, Skenisahen, and GRTUD.
Yeah GRTUD, every year we have these little mini "crises" over whom to see at bonnaroo. We decided on SCI over super jam because this is SCI's last tour. They even busted out a little Keller Williams Incident for a Stayin' Alive>Best Feeling jam. You can download the SCI show from their website. We decided on the Mule show over the Flaming Lips because we'd heard rumors over the various guests Warren had planned. I know the Lips had like a flying saucer, but John Paul Jones on keyboards for a twelve minute "No Quarter" was epic.
Happy anniversary to you GRTUD. Wow 25 years; that's great. Any tips for me on staying together for that long? I have already learned to defer on most issues to the wife; sure, I can quote Hannah Arendt, and have written dissertations on Aristotle and Hume, but she knows about finances and investing (basically a bunch of stuff I don't understand; if it were up to me we'd have all our money under the mattress :) ). I get main say on things like what films to see, what concerts to attend, and the best way to perform minor home repairs. I also kill bugs. I am in charge of killing bugs. It is a good life, and I am not forced to talk to the accountant.
Yo Soy Boricua!
We passed the festival site on Thurs nite (14th) on our way to Florida. It appeared the police were turning all east bound cars (with obvious concert goers in them) away from the exits and making them continue east bound on the highway. I couldn't believe how many squad cars with flashing lights there were for what seemed miles past the actual site. How many towns over was it?
Yeah, we had a great time at Bonnaroo as well. I took my wife and three "kids". I missed SCI 'cause I went to Super Jam and had my mind and face melted off. I really wanted to be in two places at once, on several occasions this year, more than other years (it's always an issue at Bonnaroo). Also missed most of Gov' Mule 'cause I was at The Flaming Lips show which was incredible! Was able to catch the very end of their jamming ass show but was exhausted from a day of standing in the hot sun seeing Ziggy and Ben Harper, up close with little or no support from my camp because they were resting up for The Lips and DJ Shadow. My wife brought in some water and frozen lemonade after Ziggy, which got me through Ben Harper's show. Did catch some of The Police but we got great "seats" for The Flaming Lips which exceeded our every expectations for a show, both musically and otherwise.
Happy Anniversary to you and your wife. Ironically, we are celebrating our 25th all summer long with Bonnaroo being the big kickoff. See what good music can do! See what love will make you do???? Glad to see you're still with us, Leadbelly.
The Dude Abides!
I mimic Joe and say "Happy Anniversary" as well. This also explains where you've been. Its a good thing you wrote such a thorough explanation, otherwise you would have had some explaining to do mister!
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Happy Anniversary leadbelly!