I had planned on being on here hours early, but sadly I have been watching the news about the Space Shuttle all morning. Just 3 days ago my husband and I watched a program regarding the anniversary of the Challenger explosion - we thought "never again could it happen."
First, it came close to being a night where every anxiety dream I had regarding going to Neil's concert came true!!! I began to be afraid they weren't coming!!!! They didn't get on until a little after 10 o'clock. My husband was amazed how calm & patient everyone was during the endless wait. Some brainiac sent them from NYC to Philly via TRAIN! AUGH! yeah, Amtrak got them there, barely! Not only did they arrive by train, they had to transfer trains at Penn Station! Thankfully the Pop Music Gods saw fit to allow them an encounter with a very nice couple who were taking the same train to Philly to see Neil's concert and helped them along! Then poor poor Sebastian had all sorts of problems the first couple of songs - strap broke, things weren't working and were missing. But as a gift we got "Lester" as Sebastian was straightened out!
The young guy who opened for him ended up playing for an hour - longest opening act I ever saw - lol! He did a good job, had a lot of young fans in the audience and seemed to have a skeleton composed of rubberbands - a very energetic kid to say the least!
Neil? OMG, where do I begin? I had waited and wanted the experience of seeing him perform since 1982! I can vividly recall the 1st time I saw One Step Ahead on MTV. Living in the woods of Northern New Jersey, boys never looked like that (hubba-hubba!) and I never heard anything like them before! I swear I am struggling to find the words to convey my pure joy and excitement over the whole evening! Neil looked so very very fine and sounded great! I danced and sang my heart out - every song made me scream and whoop in delight! We were down on the floor, to the right of Neil, about 5 people away from the stage. What an experience to look to my sides and watch the audience sing along! My husband declared his new favorite song to be "Pineapple Head" - origins of the song cracked him up, being that we are parents! The women standing to my side had me write down for her the title of the "Seven World's Collide" CD - DVD, after she heard Neil sing "There is a light." He sang every freaking song I can thing of - lol! Told oodles of stories, was as charming as all get out!! "Lullaby Requiem" made me cry & really made me long to be on my way home to our little ones! Added bonus - back home in time to catch our man on "Conan" & taped it when it our Los Angeles broadcasted it (hooray for DirecTV!).
It was perfect and wonderful. Absolutely everything I could ever want and more.