I have a general rule about concerts..if someone invites me to a show and I don’t really know the music I should seriously consider going just for the experience. Toad The Wet Sprocket is one of my BF’s fave bands. Of course I heard of the song “Walk On The Ocean,” but hadn’t obsessed about Toad like people in the 90’s. I had no expectations about this show only that I new that they were playing their hit album “Fear” in it’s entirety.
As I have gotten older the whole concert experience has gotten a bit tiring. You Know, all the STANDING and waiting in lines. So I was quite relived as I waited in line for the upstairs section of the Great American Music Hall to open and there was GASP.. SEATS and tasty food available. The major draw back to enjoying a show from the upstairs balcony in the seats are the following: frozen butt (wood chair plus butt =frozen butt), the fact you had to lean over the balcony to see which resulted in back strain, and the corresponding neck strain to actually see the stage.
So besides the strain the show was enjoyable even though I only knew a few songs. The venue was not packed but noticed that there was a older gentleman in the front of the stage the entire show singing along for 2 hours straight and as we were leaving caught up with him. He exclaimed “I got the set list!” Nice to see even after many years of shows what I saw that night was representative to the band in their hey-day and to their core fans.