Bette and I left Woodstock to pickup Jeff and Susie in Huntley at 4, leaving plenty of time to get downtown. We thought. We got on I-90 and after zipping down to Elgin, it just stopped. We thought we might have time to stop in Oak Park for some Robinsonâ€™s Ribs, but it took us 3 hours to get to the show. Ick.
Parked across the street at an unofficial parking lot, but the car pointed right out the gate for easy exit. It was a great spot.
We arrived around 6:30, and were able to find our seats (Section 112, Row 19, Seat 24) and they were nice â€“ high, just under the rooms, right on the aisle, and over the walkway so we didnâ€™t have anyone in front of us. Until later, when the dopes next to us were standing out in my line of sight, and I had to stand to see.
We had some food from the vendors in the lobby area. Bette and I had the Cajun chicken. We split it and an order of fries â€“ good thing, because the thing was HUGE! It better be for $8. We had some wine, and went up to sit and watch the crowd gather.
The first act The National, came on at 7:10, a band I never heard of. I liked them, kind of a dreamy sound. The second act was Modest Mouse, who I had heard of, but never listened to. I liked some of their stuff but it was a little too intense for me. Susie and Jeff, however, had their CDs and considered their set a highlight of the evening. â€œWait till the kids hear we saw Modest Mouse â€“ we are so coolâ€.
R.E.M. came on and did a lot of songs from the new album, and a lot of oldies but goodies. It was a great show, and the Fan Club tickets rock. No discounts, but just not having to stand in line was worth the $10 a year. Plus you get the Holiday disc. If you like R.E.M., you should join.