We bought our tickets and paid for our hotel in November! Fabgrandpa was counting down the days until the 18th of April. Finally, the big day was here. We had the VIP tickets that allowed us to enter the venue at about 5:30 so we could be there for the sound check. What a treat. This year we did not have to leave after the sound check. We just moved over a bit to the side where we would be able to see better during the concert.
Funny thing: We were standing in line outside the theater, talking to the people behind us. It turns out, they are from Tallapoosa, about 8 miles from us. Talk about a small world!
At 5:30, we went in and found a seat up close to the stage. The sound check was not as much playing songs like they did last year.
Dweezil said they played an outdoor venue the day before, and their equipment got wet.
They were having some problems with Ben Thomas’s guitar. They got it going to their satisfaction before the concert started.When it did start, all that empty space in front of the stage filled up with people.
When the concert was over, we were treated to a meet and greet. We stood in a really long line, for a really long time. It was ok though, because everyone there was just like us. They wanted to meet the band, meet Dweezil, shake his hand, get an autograph.
When we finally got up there, though, it was worth the wait for at least one of us. Fabgrandpa had his picture taken with Dweezil. The only thing that would have made this man any happier would have been if Frank himself had been in that photo with them.
Just look at that huge smile. We also got some photos of the rest of the band:
And my stupid line of the night, when I was talking to Ben Thomas, the vocalist: “I am so impressed with your singing.” I walked away and smacked my own head. Sigh.
And, just in case you are a Zappa fan, here is the playlist for the concert:
- Vamp (equipment repairs)
- Muffin Man (Frank Zappa cover)