I don't know where to start, I don't even know how to start. I just remember feeling my eyes glaze over in ecstasy as The Man from Harold Wood started to play. The anticipation, the excitement, and the joy. And then it happened. If there was another way to start this show, I couldn't fathom it. The Rat Who Would Be King. My heart melted instantaneously. I was floored and drawn in, and every feeling I've ever felt at a Matthew Good concert surfaced and I remembered why I love him so much.
And then it changed, we're knee deep in Avalanche. And I'm desperately happy, not only for me, because Avalanche is one of my favorite live songs, but for Chad as well, because he was hoping for it. I don't have words for that song, when he changes his pitch in the second "avalanche" verse, it gets me everytime. It's not recorded like that, I feel privy to a secret.
Load Me Up was next, I love crowd pumping songs. Although, the two guys behind me were singing very loudly and it was annoying. And one of them was moving his arms around crazily and he hit me in the head a number of times. But alas, I cannot complain.
We're So Heavy. By this point I'm in a joy coma. It's my favorite off White Light, and I've been dying to hear it. He's plays it, and it's everything I'm hoping for. More actually. Suburbia, I'm in shock that this can get better, I'm waiting for Carmelina to fuck things up, but that doesn't happen. (Actually I like Carmelina live, it's just not my favorite song by a long shot). I wanted him to play Suburbia so badly, sighs of happiness.
Anyhoo, Bright End of Nowhere was a surprise to me. I never thought he would play it. A welcomed surprise. And how can you go wrong with 21st Century Living? Answer: you can't.
Hello Time Bomb and Oh Be Joyful were exactly what I expected, happy and fun and rejuvenating.
I've been waiting for Empty Road for an eternity. I've only seen it live at the Joint, acoustic, beautiful enough for tears, and that was before White Light was released. And here it is. I wish it had been acoustic, but it was marvelous nonetheless. Then Weapon and Advertising On Police Cars and I'm always floored by both. Especially Advertising. Fuck I love that song.
And somehow it's the completely acoustic encore. And he's playing Prime Time Deliverance. I have been waiting for this moment since Underdogs was released. My eyes are teary and I'm wrapped up in something that I couldn't possibly explain with words. I will never feel that again. The pure beauty of it.
And somehow, when I think I can't take anymore, he's playing Tripoli. And he's playing Apparitions, and then it's Generation X-Wing. It's the most heartfelt performance I've ever seen. I'm floored. I've never in my life heard anything more moving than this encore.
This post is way longer than I intended. I just couldn't stop. I didn't know where to start, and I just couldn't end.
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EDIT: The Ladies and Gentlement were awesome, one of the best openers I've ever seen.