ba ba booie
2005-08-28 18:33:38 UTC
Arts Center experience in Homdel, NJ.
I will try and make this short & sweet.
I planned on meeting a friend @ the show. We were supposed to meet on
the right side of the lawn. So I brought my equipment with me on my trip
into work in the morning. Then on the way home I would stop off at The
Arts Center. It's like 15 minutes from my apartment.
So I leave work a little earlier to try an get a decent parking spot. I
got there at a decent time. But that was not good enough. The place was
I had to weed through some cars and wound up veering on to the grass
where some other cars were parked. I was far from the venue but not that
So I did not have a ticket but they were still selling them at the door.
So I decided to moosie around to see who was who. I
I did not sell anything at this show. No stickers or shirts or something
I have always done that in the past.
It was always the Allman Brothers and The Grateful Dead. For some reason
those fans love to tailgate by their cars and buy cheap stuff.
So I was walking up and down the isle's. I did not see anybody that I
knew. That was strange. Usually I know somebody.
It seemed like it was a very young crowd in the parking lot. Quite a
few Jersey girls running around with skimpy tops on.
I walked and walked and I still saw nobody I knew.
As I was walking around I held my finger in the air looking for a
ticket. Got some drunk comments from some of the hecklers in the isles.
I finally found one for $20.00.
That was decent. So I went to see if there was some sort of a Shakedown
I walked way over to the other side of the Parkway to see what was what.
I walked and walked and there was nothing there. There was no Shakedown
So while I was over there I figure I would buy a beer because I was
parched! I was looking for some choice beers. No such luck! These people
were drinking shit beer. I was amazed. Nothing but Budweiser, Bud Lite
and all other kinds of crap beer. I was stunned. They were pounding that
stuff down like water. Fuel for their buzz.
I then walked by a guy who had a carton of two kinds of beer, He had Bud
Lite and Rolling Rock. The Rolling Rock looked good to me. I said to the
guy I'll buy a beer from you! He looked at me and said here I will give
He then handed me a cold Bud Lite.
I looked at the beer and then at the guy and said no thanks and handed
it back to him. I said/asked to him again, I will buy one from you. He
then looked in his cooler and he only had 2 Rolling Rocks in there. He
said I don't have enough. He then handed me one from the carton that he
had in the trunk. It was semi cold. I said great, ya want the money. He
said no thanks enjoy.
So I went on my way and enjoyed a semi cold Rolling Rock beer. It was
the best I could do. It sure tasted better than that Bud Lite beer. Why
are they drinking that stuff? I just don't know.
I walked back to my car and got my stuff and headed in. There was some
sort of a search as I went in. No big deal I had nothing to hide.
I wanted to try a different place to tape on the lawn. A friend of mine
suggested that we try and tape on the extreme right of the lawn. There
was not as many people there and the sound was excellent.
I also set up behind one of those pillars that hold up the shell that
covers the amphitheater. I thought that was a decent spot. I walked
across the lawn while *moe* was playing to see if there was a difference
in the sound. There was none. I guess it was a matter of preference.
I set up my equipment and all seems to work out. So as I am watching
*moe* I feel some beer splash me on he back of my head. I turn around
and the next thing I know there is a brew ha ha going on behind me.
These two guys are going at it right next to me.
My mic stand almost knocks over and one of my microphones fell off it's
holder and it was just swinging there.
Beer splashed on my bag of recording stuff. Luckily I had it protected.
I kinda know about this scene and with this drunken, beer swilling
Allman Brothers crowd. You have to be prepared for the worst.
So As they were fighting I was moving my stuff away from the situation.
At least 10 feet due left. The guy who was fighting was obviously DRUNK!
So I re-set up in another spot.
I thought that was a good place to set up shop. Lord know I was
surrounded by way too young NJ girls smoking their cigarettes and
drinking their $7.00 Bud Lite beers in the plastic bottles bought inside
and talking on their cell phones all through out the show.
So the Allman Brother (singular) and the rest of the band take the
Warren and Derek show up.
That sounds good to me.
They all jockey into their positions.
The crowd goes wild. My tape is rolling and I set my levels and I am
So they bust out with a tune
(one way out) and it sounds pretty good.
Then I notice something strange, they sound like they are jamming. They
truly do. But the thing I noticed is, that they are jamming, but with no
feeling. I am sure it was played with feeling in it but I couldn't hear
the feeling. The sound was a constant same level through out the whole
show. Sure there was a lead or two, but you just couldn't feel it. I am
wondering if it might have something to do with the *Instant Live* doing
Can you picture what I am/was hearing?
It is/was like a limiter was put over the whole sound system in the
venue. Even the drum solo was the same level. Had to be the way they are
doing the instant live thing. I don't know?
So as the band is playing I am watching and listening, then I feel a tap
on my shoulder and it is my 2nd cousin. I couldn't believe it. Out of
all the people on the lawn, and he was able to find me. I did not know
he was going to be there. It was good to see him. He said that he saw
the mic stand on the lawn and thought it would be me on the extreme
right and not in the middle where the other tapers were.
We enjoyed a lil' somthin, somthin and talked quietly while sitting and
enjoying the music.
It was a nice night weather wise.
No rain. Just right temp and no wind. Perfect recording weather. So as
my cuz and I were talking he told me that he bought a ticket before the
show for the *Instant Live* CD after the show. He said he couldn't wait
for me to give it to him.
So as we are talking I told him that I wanted to hear my favorite song
by the Brothers, (mountain jam). I love that tune. My cuz said that is
what they are playing now. I thought they were noodling around but it
was the start of the Mountain Jam song. Woo hooo I was happy. I love
that song. It was a 20 minute version. I loved it. In fact I am
listening to this show as I type this and it sounds freaking great!
There is a cool image that I captured on the tape. But this constant
level thing bothers me sort of. They are taking leads but you just can't
feel it. I then turned to my cousin and said, the band ain't got no
heart with out some Dick. So my cuz turns to me and says it's the next
best thing. Uh yeah, I guess so?
Then one of the guys from *moe* came out to jam on a song (what drives
men crazy?). That was a good one.
Warren did an acappella song for one of the encore's. That was a good
He still has a good voice.
All and all it was a good show.
My cousin stayed with me until the show was over. He waited while I
packed up my stuff.
We then walked outside and he had to wait on the line to get the CD that
he paid for. There must have been over 200 people in line. He had to go
all the way to the end of the line. There were tons of people there. I
thought it would take forever, but once they got the CD's out they the
line moved pretty quickly. He was out of that line in 10 minutes flat.
They get $25.00 for the 3 CD package. It is all labelled and boxed ready
to go. There are no song list on them. Maybe they are catching onto the
booie way of thinking about labelling CD's?
$25.00 x 200 is a nice chunk of change.
I got into my car and took off for my journey ride home. It took me
about 20 minutes. I stopped in at the 7-eleven and picked up a pepper
turkey with cheese for when I got home. I got the sandwich and figure I
would d get another one just in case I got more hungry.
Then before got home I stopped I went into the bar and got a six pack
of Samuel Adams (Boston Lager) to drink. I like that beer. Funny thing
is I put the six pack on the counter where all the other so called studs
are drinking their Lite beers. They give me the ol' stare, like what
kind of crap beer am I buying.
I get the six to go and I am on my way. I make it home fairly quick.
I had a good time. Wish I could have went with someone, but no big deal.
Short & sweet, yeah right ; )
Once I start I can't stop.
That was my 8/23/2005 Allman Brothers experience.
A few booie experiences worth mentioning.
Allman Bros fans love there beer and whiskey to the extreme.
Warren & Derek are a good combination.
I hate shows that have a limiter on their sound systems. There is a
feeling that is lost. To some people that can hear it, or that even
care. Most people (general public) would not even notice or care.
My recording came out perfect.
I am offering it up as a b&p is anybody want's it. Is that against the
Allman Brothers rule? This is a free offer.
That turkey sandwich and beer after the show tasted great. I only had
one beer the whole night, and that was the Rolling Rock before the show.
You gotta hear this Mountain Jam song.
It is a FATTY one.
moe was pretty good. It is tempting me on going to the moe down coming
up. Anyone hear ever go to one?
People talking on their phones through out the whole show is the new way
of showing your ethic's of attending concerts.
There was no shakedown at this venue.
The show was over and then they played some hous music. My cousin said
to me that song was called *Little Martha* from the *Eat a Peach* album?
That was a good song. Was that Duane 's song?
I let my recorder go a little longer to get that part of the show.
This was the only show that I went to
this summer. This summer did not exciete me as other past summers.
How do those *instant live* CD's sund. Is there a limiter on those CD's?
I am sure it is on there.
My equipment was working fine that night.
I will offer it up as a b&p on DVD
It came out pretty good.
I still miss Dicky Betts in the Allman Brothers Band. They lost a
certain feeling when they lost their Dick!
If you read this far and are interested:
Allman Brothers 8/23/2005 b&p
NJ Arts Center in Homdel, NJ
(no corporate name here)
DVD audio only.
This whole show will fit on one DVD.
How sweet it is.
A little bit of flapping of the gums on
the disc, but you are at a party.
Talk to ya soon
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