I don't know what happened, but I wrote a lengthy post just now that just disappeared into thin air. Here I go again.
As you know, I attended the "Harshford" CT show last night. My friends and I had excellent seats as we paid a premium for them. I wanted to share with you my overall experience of the show.
The MC Jeff Ross and the opening acts were prepared and were generally well-received by the audience. I was surprised that Kristen Schaal did not reference FoTC in her act and did not perform with the guys at any point in the show. I was hoping for something like the Flashdance routine, but nothing of the sort materialized.
Before FoTc took the stage, the venue was half empty. The overall vibe at the Comcast Theatre was distant and cold. This vibe was not emanating from the audience, but from the place itself and the security staff. When the venue was filled to capacity during the FoTC performance, that vibe did not change. Even though we had good seats, I felt very distant from the stage. The audio quality was poor and fans were not allowed to leave their seats to stand closer to the stage. At one point, Bret and Jemaine tried to physically get closer to the audience, but it was too brief. I got the impression that they too had a difficulty time navigating this venue. Interestingly, Jemaine several times pronounced Connecticut as CONNECT-I-CUT, as he was clearly trying to create a more intimate connection with the crowd, but I continued to feel the tyranny of distance throughout the set.
Despite these challenges, Bret and Jemaine were the stellar attractions of the festival and gave an excellent performance. Their enormous magnetism makes them natural stars whether they like it or not. They performed the classics Business Time, Inner City Pressure, Hurt Feelings, Too Many Dicks, Sally/Creep, On the Road Again and the new songs Father and Son and 1353.
I planned on posting pics and videos on here as I had recently bought a new camera. I was annoyed by the security's strictness about taking photos while at the same time ignoring the unmistakeable aroma of weed that permeated my entire section. I found that to be ridiculous. I only managed one halfway decent photo during their whole set.
And speaking of weed, Dave Chappelle gave quite a performance last night. Chappelle is not my cup of tea, but my friends are fans and they were very disappointed about Dave's set. I know there have been reports that hecklers started the whole fiasco, but the truth was the heckling only started after Dave started getting annoyed with the audience after someone screamed out "Oprah" which triggered an angry response from him. Many fans yelled out that they loved him and was so glad he was back. My take on the situation was that Dave appeared tired, unprepared and bored, as he kept referencing the clock. My friends were convinced he was in the mist of a very public meltdown. I know FoTc defended Dave on their fb, but the audience is not to blame for what happened during his set.
After Dave's set completely disintegrated, my friends were in a hurry to get out the venue, so the possibility of meeting Bret and Jemaine quickly went out the window. I am grateful I finally got the opportunity to see them live, but part of me wishes that I tried harder to find the right scalper so I could have attended one of the McKittrick Hotel shows. Oh well. It is what it is.
I am curious to see what the future festival goers have to say about this tour. The way I see it, FoTc is carrying this festival entirely on their shoulders.