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That....was a good show. I guess I should just go through what happened. (Erin = friend, Tom = Erin's boyfriend, Beth = Tom's sister)
We left for San Francisco at around 4, got lost a bit, and finally found The Fillmore around 6:30. We waited in line and when they let us in, we got a spot right in front of the stage. The opening bands (Sons and Daughters, Petra Haden and the Sellouts) were very good - much better than some I've seen in the past.
Then Decemberists happened and oh my god, we were RIGHT in front of Nate and Funk. Everyone was pumped since it was the first show of the tour, and Colin was as charming as ever. During one of Funk's first solos, I yelled (squealed) really loud and he got a smug look on his face. What an adorable man. Erin spoke to Nate twice and the second time, she got him to hand Tom the setlist for Sons and Daughters. It was awesome being so close, especially because you could see the intense concentration on their faces when they were rockin' hard. They played a lot of old favorites in addition to the new, which was great.
The best part by far was the encore, when they came out and played Chimbley Sweep. Colin and Funk were battling, and Beth and I got to touch Colin's guitar. At one point he was hovering over us, and I could have grabbed his crotch. I didn't.
The best thing of the night in general was when CHRIS FUNK PULLED TOM ONSTAGE, AND HANDED HIM HIS GUITAR. Tom played Funk's guitar while another girl played Colin's guitar, and all the band members started switching instruments and going completely batshit insane. Then Colin did awesome, cute things and I love them all so very, very much.
After it all ended, we were incredibly tired. They threw these little fake birds into the audience, and Tom got one. Then I almost got a setlist, but Beth got it instead. Erin had her t-shirt signed by Funk, but before I could get anything signed, we started leaving. I tried to go back but Beth's father called and said they had to leave. Not to sound like a complete poop, but that was disappointing. I mean, I've been to three shows and the first opportunity I get to actually interact with one of them and it's ruined. It was everyone else's first show, and they all got something personal to take back from it. I know I'm not the only person who'd be disheartened by that. Oh well, at least I got a tour poster, and the actual show poster that they were giving away (for free!). And memories. Yes, many memories.

Overall, the show itself was terrific. The venue wasn't as intimate as the Great American Music Hall (I already knew that, though), so it's a good thing we were so close. My own experience could have been better, but I'm sure there'll be a next time.
Forgive any spelling errors and such, for I am tired and sore and tired.


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Sep. 13th, 2005 08:33 am (UTC)
Hugs, I am so sorry that you did not get something cool, I probably would have cried a lot. I am glad you had fun thought!

I love how you reassured *us* that you did not grab whoever's crotch, that was ballzondo! I was like yay---damn.

Sep. 14th, 2005 03:19 am (UTC)
I totally would have done it, had his girlfriend not been present. Ohhh, I lie. But I would love to pet HIM and not just his guitar.
Sep. 13th, 2005 05:27 pm (UTC)
Sons and Daughters
YAY Sons and Daughters! Now I'm gonna have to go to a decembrists show to hear sons and daughters live. I found out about them through Kelsey. Sucks that you didn't get anything, I would be upset too, especially because you were the driving force behind the decembrist craze in our group. okay i'll admit that i only like july july but whatever I'm still going to hunt down sons and daughters.
Sep. 14th, 2005 01:35 am (UTC)
Re: Sons and Daughters
Tom told Erin that if he were gay, he'd totally do the guitarist from Sons and Daughters.
Sep. 14th, 2005 03:26 am (UTC)
hey - i saw you comment on colin meloy fans - aren't they just amazing in concert? i love it when they switch instruments and go crazy :D
i think i'm gonna friend you :D
Sep. 14th, 2005 03:32 am (UTC)
Sure thing!
Oh yes, they're definitely one of my two favorite live bands (the other being The Flaming Lips). I love when they go crazy, and I especially love when Colin gets on his back and you can see his feet in the air!
Sep. 15th, 2005 10:02 am (UTC)
I love your icon soooo much. I love how the boys are like pointing at each other with their arrow thingies.

Oh so naughty!
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