, attached to 2021-08-08

Review by Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh First Show - writing this review a week after the show.

What can I say? Bought the tickets 3 days before the show. Took my wife to the show. Innocent woman from Central America. She didn't even know what band we were gonna see.

We get to our seats and she was in utter shock and horror at what was going on. I knew there'd be a very loose atmosphere there but even I was surprised at how literally EVERYONE around us was toke'in. Entire first set I could tell she was like "what on earth is this" as people danced like crazy about us and offered us multiple hits. I'm way past my days of doing that.

Intermission comes and I ask her, "Well, do you want to stay?" By that point she had settled down a bit and said "yes, you really wanted to come here so let's stay."

Bathtub Gin might've been the perfect song to open the second set. That got my wife dancing ever so slightly. As we drifted from Ghost to Sally to Twenty Years she started getting into it. Waste > Twist > Makisupa > Twist > Makisupa etc all the way back to Bathtub Gin both her and I really started to loosen up. As she enjoyed the show, I was able to really get into it.

"Want to hang around for encore," she asks. I'm like "yeah" you never know. Contact was seemingly a perfectly nice closer to the show - and then it hit...the ONE song I wanted to hear live, Slave, starts up. And while the band struggled with it a bit at first the back half of that song was so fire it just blew our minds.

All in all a fantastic show. Even better. In the week since we've gone....wife comes home at night from work...and then I start hearing tunes as she goes about her nightly routine. "What are you listening to?" I ask....she's listening to each first song set openers for Hersey PA and Atlantic City. "Oh look, I love this song," she says to me. "We should go back." A Phanatic is born. And for THAT, this will be the greatest show ever!
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