State Theatre (show #1)
February 5, 2000
The trip to Easton, PA was the shortest drive that I had to do for this leg of the tour. Overall, it took about an hour and a half, but I had to stop at work first to pick up tickets from one of my bosses. She had tickets to the Beacon Theater the following night, but could not use them, so she gave them to me. We got sort of lost on the way to the theater since the directions we followed were wrong. Luckily, we got back on track and got to the theater with plenty of time.
Coincidentally, there were a lot of newsgroup regulars sitting together with us in the first 5 rows or so on the left. Among them, Diva, Lynn, Angela, Jackie, Sue, Anne, Adrian, and a few others. Al's voice sounded better. Again, Al did not perform "Pretty Fly For A Rabbi," "Free Delivery," or "Smells Like Nirvana" because the songs are too high and his throat was still sore. I also think because he had two full shows, he didn't want to risk it.
In what may be a new trend, during the "One More Minute" interlude where Rubén plays filler music on his keyboard, Al actually credited Steve Jay instead of Rubén for the keyboard solo. Poor Rubén.
Al's microphone died during "It's All About The Pentiums." It was the weirdest thing. He was singing and dancing and then it looked as if he forgot the words. However, after a bit, it became obvious that the microphone had given out. Al pointed to the microphone and pointed offstage and then ran offstage. The band kept playing, and a few seconds later Al came back out with a new microphone and continued singing. You could tell Al was trying not to laugh about the whole thing.
After the show, Christina gave Skip, the road manager, some herbal tea for Al's throat and he promised to pass it along. Anyone who wanted to go out to dinner was supposed to meet at the Best Western in town. So Christina, Adrian, Anne, and I walked over together. On the way, Jim West came up and said "Hi Dave." I asked him if he wanted to go to dinner, but he said he had plans already. He was going to the hotel as well, so we walked with him. That was pretty surreal to be following Jim West around town. We met up with everyone and had dinner. Dinner was a lot of fun and everyone was pretty zany. After dinner, we all walked back together to the theater for the second show.
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