Saturday, June 23, 2012

Primus on my birthday...a little late is better than never

The mister and I decided we were going to get a jump on the day and get an early start so that we'd have plenty of time to not have to rush while on the road. So we woke up, eat breakfast & gassed the Jeep up, made sure to have snacks and good tunes and we headed south. The sun was shining brightly and a gorgeous breeze was in the air.  With the windows wide open, we hit the open road. 
The scenery along the way got prettier as we got further away and closer towards Syracuse.  With 300 miles on the road, we stopped three times as we were being leisurely and stress-free with many hours ahead of us before needing to check in at the hotel and make our way to the venue. As we drove, enjoying each other's company, I realized that I really love the mister. He's an incredible man who I love spending time with and am happy that we got past our speed bumps. We came into town and easily found the hotel and after checking in with the extremely friend front desk clerk we still had some time to kill so we decided to take a nap. After a refreshing rest, we walked the two blocks toward the venue and as we did we noticed what a ghost town Syracuse is on a Sunday afternoon.  Nothing seemed to be  open except for one bar near the theater which was crowded with people who were obviously there for the show.  We pulled up two seats at the end of the bar - we could've sat at a table but I figured we should plop ourselves down there.  The guy sitting at the end of the bar by himself asked if we were there for the show and where we were sitting.  We swapped stories about past shows and all the times we've seen them and all the cool encounters we've had with them.  He finished his beer & headed off while the mister and I enjoyed a bite to eat. After we finished our beverages & dinner, we went into the theatre. We walked past the bus and saw the roadies unloading their stuff, right around the corner and there was another bus parked right in front of the theater.  It is a gorgeous old theater that's been renovated and converted for shows. Such a great building with a lot of history (I didn't really take any pictures of inside of it, I should've taken some).
We waited in the lobby, got another drink & bought a shirt. Then we headed to our seats and still had a little time to wait for the guys to get on the stage. While we were waiting, we chatted with the 2 guys sitting in the seats next to us. They were from Connecticut & a couple of cool guys. They drove all that way for the show and said they were heading back right after, they had just enough money to get to the show and back. Then the lights went down and the guys entered the stage. 
A couple songs in Les was talking about how dead Syracuse was and he told us an amusing story about what they did throughout the day & how they almost were gonna go to church. It was pretty funny. Someone in the front row had a sign that said DMV. He teased them by playing a little bit of it and then said, "there, now you can check that off your list." And without saying a word, Ler made a motion of a check in the air. It was pretty great, we all laughed.
As it was an evening with just Primus, the set was split into 2 acts with an intermission in the middle. They played Popeye cartoons inbetween. The mister & I commented on how we had never seen so many people so into Popeye before. Cheers for Popeye whenever he ate spinich. It was pretty funny!
The guys came back out on the stage and played their second set, it was just as amazing as the first. Behind the guys was a projector and during each song there were visuals, it was pretty great. They ended that set and came back out for an encore of 2 songs. It was really cool the way they mixed it up with the songs- a little variety of all the albums with the new album thrown in here and there. Les even did a classic pig mask for Mr. Krinkle. The mister called it that Les was going to play it when he had his upright out for another song, he said he bet he was gonna lead into that for the next song & he totally did! I turned & looked at him like he had predicted it, pretty awesome.

It was a really way to celebrate bringing in 35! After the show we headed outside and met up with the guy who we had seen inside the bar and we decided to hang out around the bus that was around the corner. The one in front of the theater said crew so I figured that they'd probably come out the back door to get on the bus. Well we were hanging out there for a little bit & no sign of them. So that other guy went up & asked when they were coming out- he said they headed out on the other bus. Sneaky guys! So we decided to head back to the hotel and as we did we went by this cool water fountain thing. It was a great evening.

In the morning, we had our contental breakfast and slowly made our way back home. Great excellent birthday!!
Hazzah to seeing Primus & turning 35!!

Set OneHere Come the Bastards
Eyes of the Squirrel
Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver
The Pressman
Tragedy’s a’ Comin’
Over the Falls
(DMV tease)
Jerry Was a Race Car Driver
Over the Electric Grapevine
Set Two
Southbound Pachyderm
Frizzle Fry
Jilly’s on Smack
Mr. Krinkle
Lee Van Cleef
The Toys Go Winding Down
Tommy the Cat
Moron TV
Too Many Puppies

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