Couch touring is fun, but you quickly remember HOW MUCH BETTER it is to be AT the show.
Weather was perfect
Venue was perfect
Lots and lots of people were looking for tickets. I scored two face value tickets in the lot.
Security was chill.
Great shakedown for a small show
The set list speaks for itself, regarding jams . . . .
Even when things got weird . . . it was coherent and could be followed. Russo and Phil were unbelievable last night. Russo was a maniac. Seriously . . . I can't say I have seen him light up like he did last night. I am curious to see how that translates to the recordings.
Scofield is having a ball. He is just standing there drop jawed the whole time smiling ear to ear. After the show Phil threw some fist pumps up with the audience closing out NFA. I swear I lip read him looking at John and saying "can you effing believe this" Every band member high fived and hugged. I get the sense that they all walked away from this one thinking "that was over the top cool" I can't say I have seen Phil this animated since The Dead Philly Spring 09 at the Spectrum when after Dew the crowd went nuts for 2 minutes and Phil walked up to the mic and said . . . man I forgot how much energy this place has.
I have to agree with you. Those last few minutes after they stopped playing and the crowd into the NFA chant and then the return of the energy first from Phil and then spreading to the others on stage was bordering on magical.