Here are my thoughts and memories-
Got there at 7:00 and bought a tour book and a T-shirt, (one with the great new photos). Suffered through JD and The Straight Shot-- EEEEEK. Made friends with 3 couples sitting near me and we all shared our love of the band. A group of 4 sat in front of me. More about them later.
When the band took the stage, I was sad to see Tim wearing my least favorite shirt of all time. . . the greenish/grayish one. Luckily, he changed into a short sleeved black shirt at intermission.
I'll give you my general, overall opinion of the evening. The boys were enthusiastic, light hearted, and having a blast. There was a lot of smiling and even some outright laughing! Don seemed to be in such a great mood, and Joe was too. The energy in the crowd was outstanding, and it filtered on stage. Timothy did his best to honor and recognize all the fans, especially those in the nose bleed seats. He seemed more chatty and relaxed than ever, and he was rockin' out.
I've always felt that Stueart Smith is a great guitar player, but last night he was on FIRE!!! Strong, confident and also smiling from ear to ear. There was a lot of interaction between Stueart and all the guys.
Glenn was so incredibly sincere when he spoke. Sometimes it seems to me that his comments are a bit forced, but he veered from his regular comments and said some very kind things in a very warm, sincere manner. He struggled a bit on vocals and Timothy was supporting some of his lyrics in a subtle way. If you weren't watching Timothy very closely, you would have missed it. (I was watching Timothy very closely)
Outstanding experience. I'll tell you more tomorrow. Right now I'm exhausted.