Hey everyone going to Newark tomorrow...
1) Show started around 9:30, but probably get there by 9/9:15 at the latest to be safe.
2) Looks like there's merch up on the RHCP site if you want to check out what will be at the show. I think pretty much everything on the site was being sold. Only thing not on the site is the Newark-specific "I'm With You" shirt, but instead of a red logo this one was yellow. Did not see a nice poster, only the split photo one that's also up on the site for $10
3) Before you enter the venue there was like an area where people were selling/consuming alcohol. It looked like it was part of the venue, I don't remember the set-up being there before. Kinda like tail-gating city style?
4) PATH trains back to Manhattan after the show were a CLUSTERFUCK. Be prepared, not sure what else you can do other than to be calm and avoid the drunk kiddies.
The show itself was pretty amazing. High energy, and I thought everyone was ON and they had great chemistry. One of the highlights for me was Under The Bridge, I had no idea I knew every word to that song, and it used to be high on my list of favourites.
I know there's talk about John Frusciante and how it's not the same without him. Not having seen RHCP with him before, I have to say Josh was fucking amazing. I mean, they were all fucking amazing. If they can be that fit and energetic at their age, I really have no excuse!
The crowd on the other hand was just weird. Lots of young kids drunk/high out of their minds tripping over themselves and everyone else, and it was not a good concert vibe for me. I don't know if this is the typical crowd but if anything's going to stop me from being a bigger fan, it would probably be that. Maybe it was just a weird night. Thankfully, people immediately around me were pretty cool, but I definitely thought I was going to end up in a fight on the way out of the venue.
They mentioned Adam Yauch a few times throughout the show, and blasted Fight For Your Right after the show as we were filtering out. As they were setting up, they also had all Beastie Boys songs over the speakers which was a nice nod to Adam.
All in all, fun night! Can't wait to get the live download of the show!