First, want to start with how CLOSE I was to getting backstage passes.. SO close...but it fell through, and that's a bummer. But by the time I made it to the 10c ticket office to pick up my seats...LOTTERY! I scored what looked like 10th row for night 2. Little did I know that they don't use the letter "I", so I actually had 9th row!! That made the backstage pass issue disappear pretty quickly.
Met up with another 10clubber, and I swapped my extra Sunday reserved for his extra Saturday reserved (20th row). With these kind of seats, you know the show is going to be great regardless.
The merchandise line outside was LONG! Waited for like 45 minutes and it barely moved. The line inside though was non-existent. I literally walked right up to the table, and I kinda liked the deer shirt. I asked the guy, 'let me see the shirt with the moose on it'. The girl next to me, must have been a local, and she gave me this look and reminded me its not a moose its a deer. You would have thought I made fun of her mom or something. Anyway...
The 10club tent was OK. It did come in handy to get out of the rain... other than that, not really sure I needed the wristband. But it was nice to check it out.
Fast forward to the show. Our seats were literally the 1st row after the VIP, so we had the rail to lean on. Downside though, we were exactly in the middle of the row, so using the bathroom was a hassle for sure.
Release as an opener, very cool. It must have been the fifth time I heard that one to start, but still great. By the way, great energy in the crowd. Arms Aloft I had never heard before, and it felt kinda weird not knowing the song that early into the setlist. Since then, I have listened to it the most of either night on bootlegs, and it is a new favorite of mine. The whole setlist was mainly songs I had never heard live (this was my 10th show). Setting Forth was a surprise also. Breath and Betterman were the highlights for the 1 st set.
When Cornell was announced, the place went nuts. But it was sort of expected, considering he tweeted he was in the area the day the day before. Plus, everyone posted he soundchecked with them. Still it was awesome to hear Hunger Strike, Say Hello to Heaven, and Reach Down.
Kick out the Jams was one of the songs I was hoping for, and to hear the show closed out with it was great. Some people thought that it ended too soon, but they played for like 2.5 hours.
Great show (parking lot sucked and it took at least 2 hours to get out). Awesome venue. Unforgettable experience.