in anticipation of seeing my 17th, 18th and 19th dmb shows this weekend, i went to my dmb concert notes to relive a few of the past shows. i thought i'd post my notes on the first show ever, the show where i drank the kool-aid apparently. i went to this show a fan, i left a convert.
Date: May 20, 1998
Venue: Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Irvine, California
Seats: Loge 7, Row HH, Seat 721
Show #: 1
Went with: By myself
Notes: I had the “Under the Table and Dreaming” and “Crash” albums, which I liked a lot, and had recently purchased “Before These Crowded Streets.” I had been listening to it nonstop while I was studying for finals in the spring semester of my second year of law school. Daven was out of town somewhere, so I was home alone. I knew that DMB was playing that night and I was in the library and just decided to go. I drove down to Irvine, bought a ticket from a scalper in the parking lot; he had bought the ticket from the people in the car in front of me. Parking at Irvine Meadows (sorry, that’s what they called it when I was growing up) was, as always, a nightmare and I listened to Two Step and Jimi Thing from the car with my window down, and heard Satellite as I was literally running along that eight million mile long walk to the amphitheatre. I walked in at the end of Satellite and started what will probably become a lifelong obsession! Dave told the crowd that they were going to play straight through without an encore because they had to be done by 11.
Two Step – it sounded great from the car.
Jimi Thing – as above.
Satellite – man, I love this song, it was magical to hear it live for the first time, even if I was running while I heard it.
Crush - sounded great.
The Stone – always kind of ambivalent towards this song on the album, it is great live.
Dancing Nancies – Boyd rocked this. he played so hard that he shredded his bow. At the end, I turned to the people next to me and thanked them for selling their ticket.
Stay – Dave sang the “Makes you Wanna, Makes You Wanna” bits on his own, so cute.
Tripping Billies – this was when I realized that everyone in the place knew all the words to every song and sang along.
Last Stop – so intense.
Lie In Our Graves – This song is meant to be heard live, outside with the stars above your head on a warm summer night. I was hooked.
Don’t Drink the Water –with Bela Fleck playing banjo, so it sounded a lot like the album version but it seemed to go on forever as they jammed it out.
#41 – I remember being amazed at how long this song was in concert and telling people after how cool it was that they could jam like that.
Patala Naga Pampa/Rapunzel – I was ready to hear this song the moment that I walked in; it was the first thing I asked the people next to me, if they had played this yet. I was glad not to miss it; t did not disappoint.
Crash – the couples skate song; really awkward to hear if you are alone.
All Along the Watchtower – I had no idea that they did this song live at the time and was completely blown away.
Bela Fleck on Tripping Billies, Last Stop, Lie in Our Graves and Don’t Drink the Water.
Bela Fleck & the Flecktones & Jeff Coffin on #41 & Rapunzel.