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07-05-2012, 12:02 AM
Just got back from celebrating the fourth of July with Joe....

From far away! Turns out there was a massive VIP section which took up the entire center of the high school stadium where the celebration was held. The free areas were pushed to the far sides and back, and were not allowed near the stage until the last song.

This whole scenario was unusual. The performance took place in the football field of a high school in this little Ohio town of Dublin. Joe didn't really explain why he was there. He just joked, "they asked me, 'Joe, how would you like to play a high school on the fourth of July?' and I said, 'Great!'" Asking around, I found out that locals consider this celebration a big deal, and the stadium was crammed with people.... It's not as if he were really just playing a high school. Still, it's a bit surprising that they got him! Someone near me joked Joe's appearance fee was probably paid by the taxpayers since the celebration is mounted by the city, lol.

Joe was fabulous. His energy level didn't appear diminished at all by the heat. He dedicated "I Shall Be Released" to Levon Helm and said he was still having a hard time getting used to the fact he was gone, but other than repeated wishes for a happy Independence Day, most of the banter was standard. He did make a reference to Kent State Univerersity before "The Bomber," saying that writing it was pretty much all he accomplished while attending college - "The hardest 12 years of my life." There was actually a firework set off during this song - deliberate? I don't think so, but it was appropriate!

During "Funk 49" Joe appeared to bend down and get something from an audience member during the percussive interlude. Earlier he had joked when one audience member asked for an autograph during the show that he was "busy now" lol. However, I was too far away to see if he was actually signing something or if something else was going on. Immediately afterward, while the percussive interlude continued, he walked to the side of the stage and started talking with someone from backstage, although it was hard to see him so he may have done other stuff too. He was there long enough for the interlude to be extended twice. Perhaps that's when they told him about the storm (more on that later).

Musically, it sounded to me that the "Turn to Stone" guitar solo had been elaborated upon since the last time I'd heard him play it. I like that he changes things like that up.

They let all of us plebes to the stage for the end of the last song,"Life in the Fast Lane," so I got to get up close for a bit! That was cool.

Sadly, we had an abbreviated set list due to a storm coming in. There was no encore and a couple other songs were left out. They barely got the fireworks set off before it came in... But those fireworks were something else! It was a staggering display, perhaps in part because they were sending more up at a time than usual because of the incoming storm.

While there were a lot of elements of this show that didn't quite turn out as I had hoped, it was still special to have Joe Walsh playing at my Independence Day celebration. ;)

07-05-2012, 08:53 AM
Soda, I'm glad you had such a good time even if you were further away than planned. Thanks for the write-up!

07-05-2012, 10:16 AM
Thanks for that, Soda. Glad you got to celebrate the 4th with Joe! :partytime:

07-05-2012, 10:17 AM
Hi Soda, glad you're home safe...and that Joe was his usual "amazing" self...but the whole thing sounds surreal...too bad about the weather shortening his set...How did they get him to play at this thing? wow...maybe he'll come to my place if I ask? apparently Joe's very agreeable!!!

07-05-2012, 10:49 AM
Sounds like a cool place to see him. I like the unexpected when it comes to music. That's a 4th you won't forget!

07-05-2012, 11:25 AM
Glad you had a good time in Dublin Soda! I wonder would he come to another little town called Dublin in the future ?

Ive always been a dreamer
07-05-2012, 04:20 PM
Glad you had a good time in spite of the weather and shortened show, Soda. Spending 4th of July with an Eagle has to definitely be memorable. :thumbsup:

07-05-2012, 04:54 PM
Thanks for the review, Soda. I'm glad you had a good time in spite of the heat and not getting right up front as you usually do. Can't imagine him at a high school, albeit a big one! :shock:

08-13-2012, 12:10 PM
I might as well add the setlist for this, too!

Welcome To The Club
A Life Of Illusion
Walk Away
Analog Man
Rocky Mountain Way
I Shall Be Released
The Bomber
Turn To Stone
In The City
Funk #49
Life's Been Good
Life In The Fast Lane

Too bad the weather cut it short. :(

08-13-2012, 02:08 PM
Here are some photos I found from the show:




All the tables are the VIP area. As you can see, it takes up the vast majority of the field. I'm so far out to the side you can't even see my location in this photo - it's just beyond the photo's scope on the right.

You can see where I was here - by the green rail on the far right.

08-13-2012, 04:28 PM
Wow! I never saw tables at an outdoor event like this before!

Great pics though! Thanks Soda!

08-13-2012, 05:53 PM
Awesome pics! Thanks for sharing! :thumbsup:

08-13-2012, 07:10 PM
Your setlist wasn't that much shorter than ours (Naperville Ribfest). The only changes are that he did Lucky That Way before The Bomber and ended with All Night Long.

Thanks for the great pictures!