July 23d 2016
Much earlier in the summer, it may have even been spring. I was told by Kelly I must get Marilyn Manson/ Slip Knot tickets. (Not really for me), but she claimed "Marilyn puts on the best show."
She picked up tickets early and I sat on it for a bit. Although Mark is much more a Marilyn fan and he and the boys like Slip Knot, when I mentioned to him I was thinking of getting tickets, he said "hold off." According to Mark; Marilyn Manson is NEVER coming back to Syracuse. I did, but as the summer moved forwards and I found a Groupon STEAL ($20- tickets). I decided Why not.
(Apparently there was yet another steal of a deal that included three shows for some great deal, but I am not really in to this style of music and was not heart broken to hear I could have had more bang for my buck.)
Even if Marilyn never shows, at least I will enjoy a concert with my family at the new Amphitheater and it will certainly be an experience.
All but forgotten, summer moves forwards, and soon we approach the week prior to the show, Mark is still convinced Marilyn will not show and to further re-enforce his theory, Marilyn had CA the night prior.
I also found as the weekend approached, Ben would be heading home that morning and not able to attend with us. BUMMED!!! I enlisted Gavin to search for a friend to tag along.He didn't search to hard and by mid day that Saturday I was convinced I would be with one extra ticket.
While attending my CLOSE TO MY HEART HAF meeting, I texted Gal Pal Kelly...."see you tonight?"
her response was "I gave my tickets away." (Or something like that, she was planning on working.) "WHAT?????" She had started this whole thing after all and now she is not going. So I took a shot in the dark....trigger shoot...HIT!!! I have an extra ticket...do you want to go? Minutes later she had CA her work, and it was ON!!!
So the new amphitheater was built. Last fall was their first show.
As a kid, for years big name bands had come to Syracuse and played at the Dome (Syracuse University), Some came to the War Memorial, and still others had played at the smaller but intimate Landmark. Most if any big Bands could be seen at the NY State fair Grandstand...Then.....it all stopped. I am not staying we had no big bands, (and some of my favorites were even at FREE venues) but it seemed more and more like those popular bands were simply skipping over central NY. Buffalo-------SKIP Syracuse-----Saratoga/Albany------& NYC. It made no sense to me, but then again. I was getting older and concerts are not nearly as big of a MUST DO in my life as they once were. The new venue was a BIG change for Syracuse, and I was going to one of their shows.
It was HOT out...Some beverages!!! Coolers with unopened bottled water is Okay. Anything else is a big NO. There is also not suppose to be tailgating pre-show, but there were some serious parties going on in the parking lot.
Once we parked and did the MILE (s) (not really but it was a hike- and my ONLY complaint about any part of my evening) walk to the entrance. We were searched...just shy of a strip search. Chair had to be opened and checked and for a CHEEP THRILL, I got felt UP!!! (Really the women padded me up and down, Boob touch and everything...nope nothing hiding in here...it really is my FAT body.)
Do I really look like I might smuggle something in? (well actually I have been known to sneak in snacks and beverages to places in the past.....GUILTY...FEEL AWAY!!!)
There really isn't a bad seat in the place.
Still pretty convinced that Marilyn was not SHOWING....we waited patiently for a sign the band would be starting. Then....YEP!!!! There he was. Opps Mark you were wrong (1st time ever.) He did make it.
I really only know like two songs and with all the noise, I am not even sure if what I heard was what I knew. "the Beautiful People...the beautiful people...dunt dun dun."At one point the band exited the stage, and were gone for quite some time. Mark said there was something wrong. I missed anything that was happening on the stage. As you can see below, this was pretty much my view. (There are large screen tv's which would have provided me with more visual but we were seated to far in front of them. (I had slowly moved myself down the embankment to prevent what I call as FILL ins...people who feel comfortable with standing right in front of you while your sitting behind with their BUTTS in your face. I had tried to fill in any gaps between myself and the chairs in front of me. I had also enlisted the two men in front of me to act as security....DO NOT LET anyone in front of you I had instructed....THEY FAILED MISERABLY!!! When I Confronted them on allowing a mass of guys in front of them, they said...look at them....look at us. Okay so they were not really BODY GUARD material...but I digress. We still had a great location and I stood the rest of the show any ways.
We finally made it to the car and grateful that we left a little early as I am sure getting out of here will be a NIGHTMARE! We missed the crowds leaving, so that made out exit a flash. WOW!!! What a night is all I can say. Fun was well had. Now on to our next adventure, TTFN