Elton & Billy killed it, not just the peanut budder chocolate cookies talking. they served up some serious virtuoso piano playing that doesn't happen at every show, thinking they were making an attempt to make up for the hectic reschedule. Lots of empty seats but i had 8 with so i couldn't possibly stub 'em all down. 20-minute Rocket Man with two fakeout endings, as well as one really awesome jam in Madman Across the Water. Billy still with the revolving piano still telling the same bald jokes but no politics, surprising for a local election year; his McCain-Hillary schtick on his last tour was a sidesplitter. Scenes was an awesome reminder of Umphrey's Nashville the week before, Bayliss hit that one high note just as well if not better than the real deal (check it out if you don't believe me http://www.archive.org/details/um2010-02-05 - f'n SIIIICK). If I never hear Piano Man in concert again it will be too soon. The echoes in the Coliseum still suck, as did the crowd for the most part, only a few people getting it up for a Saturday night festive holiday. Really makes it more special when you run into the few fellow concert people really going big and raging in spite of the sea of meat puppets, makes me appreciate the usual scene even more despite the shortcomings. For example, i can't believe the promoters still go through the charade of staging the "crowd" at the rail - hilarious!
Anyone can hate but we definitely made the most of a potentially shitty situation. my crew was stoked. so glad I didn't bail for the Fox.