Never mind that someone had a baby in England; we saw the Monkees again.
Their Philly stop was at the Mann Center, a great venue in a bad neighborhood. It is also proof positive that Philly is a screaming cesspool. Some genius scheduled some sort of run at the same time, so traffic was a complete nightmare. It must have taken an hour to get down the street and into the venue. This was burning up valuable Monkees Time, turning what was left of my mood to black.
We managed to get seated seconds before the boys hit the stage, missing the entire pre-show video montage. These fellows make very good use of video and traditionally have. It ran during the entire show and was almost interactive in spots. Not bad for the Pre-Fab Four.
The show wasn't seriously different from last year's mini tour; just expanded a bit. The weather must've been quite a shock for the guys. It was just short of ninety degrees with disgusting humidity (welcome to Philthy!). They joked repeatedly about how cold they were, all the while toweling themselves off.
I had my Galaxy S3 and my buddy took his iPhone. My pictures were craptastic, barely in focus at best. I remember looking over the phone then looking at the phone to compare the scene. We had tremendous seats but the pictures look like we were really far away. This might be a physics thing - I have no idea. I did manage to get a video of Daydream Believer, where they brought a guy and his son up to sing. This turned out decently in terms of audio, as everything else I recorded was way overloaded. The video was crappy.
My friend's iPhone exhibited the same crappy picture effects, albeit a litte closer and more clear. The videos were much better. Much as I hate to do it, I have to give the video advantage to the iDevice.
My poor wife suffered from the humidity. On the way out, it started raining and we got quite a display of lightning. Then we started our Sherman tank and began the exit routine, dutifully plowing our way through the completely unmarked parking lot onto the completely unmarked streets. As part of their Neighborhood Beautification Project, they removed all the street signs. The traffic was not only unbearable, it was quite dangerous, as people were simply driving anywhere they felt like.
All of this beauty was brought to us care of a fifteen dollar fee to park. It's not enough we paid the userous price for the concert tickets - we had to pay a further amount to sit our car there for two hours.
Below are a few pictures but they're pretty bad. I would post the video but it's huge. Maybe later on YouTube.
It's early in the tour - you should really get tickets and see the show. It's very entertaining for fans and newbies alike.