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Date Posted: 11:00:44 08/07/06 Mon
Author: kerry
Author Host/IP: office.useractive.com /
Subject: tucked
In reply to: kerry 's message, "wet sand" on 08:34:35 08/04/06 Fri

i'm pretty tired and not all that eloquent, but here is a little information...

let's see... well. i decided to skip some shows at the other stages in the hopes of getting a good spot for the peppers. i walked up to john's side around 330pm, a good five hours before they were to start, and it was already packed. luckily i had eaten an extra burrito and hit the lovely port-o-let before heading down there, plus had a backpack with extra shoes, water...

anyway. john's side was already pretty packed, so decided to go to the left and was able to get around 25 ft back or so. camped out there and saw matisyahu, which was a pleasant surprise. i really enjoyed the show, and did a fair share of grooving.

the hour before queens of the stone age was fine... i was able to sit a little so that was good. when they took the stage it was fucking insane. i honestly don't think that people were paying as much attention to the show as they were jockeying for position for the peppers. and all those boys with their shirts off... i was just sliding my way closer and closer without really trying. i have seen the peppers this close before , but i have never really experienced anything like the scene up there. people were so tight that it was difficult to expand your chest to breathe. security was just dumping bottles of water on people. it was insane. when the peppers took the stage i was three people deep, so i got a good look. flea was wearing a crazy unitard thing -- basically made his whole body look like a giant sleeve of tattoos. anthony was in black with neon striped glove thingies and a tie. john started in a sort of suit but ended up just wearing the pink short-sleeved buttondown that was under it. i recall him playing his silver guitar an awful lot.

here is the setlist:

Can't Stop
Dani California
Scar Tissue
Fortune Faded
Throw Away Your Television
Snow (Hey Oh)
Me & My Friends
For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her - (Simon & Garfunkle cover) - John Frusciante Solo
Wet Sand
Right On Time
Don't Forget Me
Tell Me Baby
By The Way
Give It Away + Encore

after dani california i slid back a bit so i could dance more. picked a spot in front of two tall boys who could get the brunt of the crowd surfers needing to get out. there were so many of them...

my favorite part of the show was:

Me & My Friends
For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her - (Simon & Garfunkle cover) - John Frusciante Solo
Wet Sand
Right On Time
Don't Forget Me
Tell Me Baby

john and anthony hugged on the side of the stage to the right just before me & my friends. john's sold was gorgeous and he played the song all the way through. i was a little teary for the solo, as well as for scar tissue and wet sand. wet sand was fucking amazing.

the encore was short, but i was kind of glad. everything on my person was wet -- everything in my bag, me, my long hair... so many people's sweat.

i am really glad i got to see them so close as that really helps to make a show for me. however i think it is hard to do so in a festival-type environment. there are more people than a "normal" show, so obviously more big fans. it got me thinking about shows and environments and my age and what really makes a good show for me. thoughts? what makes a good show for you?

in closing, i love john frusciante and i love the peppers. that is all.

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  • Sounds awesome Kerry, thanks for the p;ay by play, the RHCP's are the best (NT) -- Sparkie..!, 13:44:05 08/07/06 Mon (cpe-66-74-164-85.socal.res.rr.com/

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