Well, the next night we got separated again. And a little bit before the show I lowered myself over the wall and landed at the back of the floor. A light rain was coming down, and the blue tarp over the field quickly became a slip and slide. It was so much fun that I was actually a bit surprised when the band took the stage, and much more surprised when I heard what they decided to open the show with. “Eyes Of The World.” One of my favorites, and one that is almost always played deep in the second set. To kick off the show with it was something special, and everyone there was aware of it. It was like the band was determined to make up for the previous night, and wanted to let us know straight away. The whole first set was fantastic, with a fun “Loose Lucy” and an excellent “Cassidy” (another of my favorites) and a rocking “Might As Well” closer. My memory is that everyone was smiling, dancing. The place was thumping with joy. And the second set was, of course, tremendous, and included “New Speedway Boogie.”
I remember the parking lot that night after the show as a scene of jubilation. We’d all shared one of those magical moments, and we knew it, and were also reluctant to let go of the night so quickly. This morning I had time to listen to only a few numbers, but it brought me right back to that time. So now I plan on enjoying a little of the show each day before work, to put me in a great mood. It’s wonderful that the internet makes it so easy for us to revisit these magical times. Thanks to everyone who helps share the music.