Corin Anderson (magellanic) wrote,
Corin Anderson

Crows, Dolls, and Ivory

Just got back from the Counting Crows & Goo Goo Dolls concert at Shoreline Amphitheatre. It was *great*. fourpaws, thanks for arranging the outing! We got there around 5:45 (gates opened at 5:30, concert starts at 7:00) but the place was still pretty empty. Outside the grandstand there's a "midway" peddling beverages, food, trinkets, and condoms (where else is Trojan going to advertise?). At either end of the midway, which runs around the curved periphery of the amphitheatre, are three stages: Stage Left, Stage Right, and Second Stage. A local band Thriving Ivory played there; they were good! I was especially surprised by the acoustics -- the *music* sounded great.

This was the first time I'd been in Shoreline Amphitheatre so I spent time absorbing the scenery. The amphitheatre apparently holds up to 22,000 people but I guestimated it has seats for maybe 8,000. In any event, the seats are arranged like in a ballpark with two main tiers. During the concert the biggest difference between the tiers was that the people in the first sections stood up and bounced around the entire time, we up in the second tier didn't do that until the end of the first headline act.

The music was great. I enjoyed the Goo Goo Dolls the most, followed by Counting Crows, Thriving Ivory, and Augustana (the opening act but wasn't especially great). The opening of the Goo Goo Dolls act was very surreal to me because they started with a song I have on my iPod. It sounded *like* my iPod, but it was in this huge concert venue and very much a live performance. Wild. It's like having a friend do an impression of an actor or actress and getting it spot on, only, it was the real artists that were doing an impression of their own recording.

Other things I wish to remember: it was loud; my hearing didn't return to normal for about 20 minutes after the music stopped. I spotted a little asian girl wearing what looked like industrial ear noise protection, a bright pink pair of headphones, at that. I brought my binoculars (image stabilization technology is *so* cool) and spotted several bobble head dolls and Pez dispensers on stage before the show. Some folks smoked in the stands and lawn but it wasn't all tobacco. Open air concert venues are fantastic - I live in a perfect climate for them. I want to go to more.
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