Sunday, September 24, 2006

Wet But Wild!!!

Awe-some!! Even though it started raining right about the time Sloan opened the show it was awesome! (It rained the hardest during Alice Cooper. Saw him 17 years ago when I was 17 at the Metro Centre -- he's still awesome!) Kanye West ended his set before eight, and The Stones took the stage around 8:30. It was light to heavy drizzle during their show. Fireworks, flames, moving stage... Huge screen, awesome light and laser light show, giant inflated tongue...

These pictures were nabbed off the net, so they aren't the greatest. No cameras were allowed, but there were thousands of them there anyways. I didn't take mine or my cell phone (has a camera in it) cuz I was paranoid they wouldn't let me in. I had a backpack with three bottles of water, a sweater, and three Dollar Store rain ponchos, which was searched upon entering the main gates, of course. A can of beer was $7, water or pop 600ml $4, burgers and sausages were $7, I think, and a small bag of chips or bitty popcorn was $2. All we had were a bag of chips each. We filled up on Burger King beforehand and had pizza when we got back to the hotel at midnight.

All went well. So far I've read there were about 50,000 people. I think there were a dozen arrests for public intoxication mostly, and a few people needed medical attention for fainting, nausea, headaches (one girl broke her arm outside after the show when she slipped and fell on the slippery sidewalk). Most people were very nice and polite, all except the jerk sitting in front of us who was in the wrong section and refused to move when the people who were really supposed to sit there showed up. He was quite loaded, and he refused to be told he and the five others with him were in the wrong section. Finally one of the others in his group said yes, they were supposed to be in one section further back, but he wouldn't move. The people who were supposed to have those seats were mad, of course, but they didn't pursue it and just stood there. Basically all the "security workers" I saw were about 18-22 year old university students. (Not that there's anything wrong with that! Just how are they gonna move people who refuse to move?)

We were getting pretty cold near the end. The rain basically ran off the plastic ponchoes and soaked the seats, which in turn soaked our butts. Felt some good about halfway or better through the show when the did Sympathy for the Devil -- smoke machines, red lights, shooting flames out of the top of the stage that threw some majorly welcomed heat. (We wished they would have left them going! It felt good for the few seconds it lasted.) They opened with Paint It Black and closed with Brown Sugar, encored Satisfaction. At the end there were fireworks and more flames from the top of the stage. No troubles getting out. Our section had its own exit, so we took that, walked for about 10 minutes to get to the shuttle we needed, and at 11:45 we were sitting in the bus on our way back to Dartmouth.

I'd definitely sit in the rain to see The Stones again -- it was waaaayyyyyy worth it! We benefited not only in the entertainment but got work as well. Hubby is off to Ontario taking a load of the fencing back that was used to enclose the concert grounds! (Shoulda seen all the big rigs used to haul the equipment. They were parked everywhere around the Commons -- dozens of them!)

Happy knitting!


Blogger velvetginger said...

Way cool! The Stones Rock!
Was just blog surfing...sounds like you have fun!

7:50 PM  
Blogger Ragan said...


8:51 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

So the weather didn't dampen your enthusiasm. Glad you had a wonderful time! All reports indicate a great show!!

9:13 AM  
Blogger Dorothy said...

My hubby got to see some of the light show; during Sloan he thinks. He couldn't hear anything though; they were 1.5 km away.

I guess my brother had a good time; he got home about 2am.

I'm glad you had a good time!

Katie is already planning a shopping trip to the shop - she bought one ball of yarn and really likes it, wants more. Don't know when it will be though.

9:57 AM  
Anonymous Dipsy D. said...

ARGH!! Now, let me tell you, I'm green with envy here! But it's my own fault, the Stones are playing regularly over here - if I never make it to see them, it's my stupidity only ;) But I'm SO happy for you that you got to see them, this must have been one of these experiences of a lifetime, wasn't it? The Stones rock!!! I'm still amazed how Keith Richards has survived, let alone how he can still do live shows, but obviously he does - very well, no?
Did they play "Angie" too? ;)

12:03 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

The Stones are great - the show is just so amazing live . . . I saw them twice in Toronto - it was a long drive but totally worth it!! I bet seeing them in Halifax would have been cool!

8:55 PM  

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