Saturday, September 26, 2009

A Day in the Hot, Triple-Digit Sun

I went to A Day in the Zone today, and while it was stinking hot all damned day, I'm glad I made the effort to see Train. Because they rock live.

Drops of Jupiter has been my "theme song" since 2001. I absolutely love it.

I arrived at Discovery park at about 2:00 this afternoon. I missed Howie Day entirely, and thought I'd wait in the shade while Colbie Caillat and Hoobastank played. I had an ice cream and stared at some cute cops, before getting up to look around.

A fire truck blasted water out over part of the park, and people stood cooling off in that. It was nasty hot today--over 100 degrees. There were food vendors galore, and Keith Brooks, a Zone DJ, threw T-shirts into the crowd from the ladder truck that was on hand.

Colbie Caillat was adorable, and very good live. Her guitar player was easy on the eyes, too. She had a couple of very drunk fans standing in front of me. I took a video of one of them dancing.

I had wandered down near the stage, figuring I'd like to be as close as possible when Train played. This meant standing there for two hours in the sun, guarding my spot jealously. No bathroom breaks.

Hoobastank was up next. I'm not a huge fan, but they were entertaining. The bassist was pretty hot, if you like multiple tattoos (he had a fabulous smile, too).

Finally, my long wait was over and Train took the stage. I sang along at the top of my lungs with their awesome songs like "Get To Me" and "Meet Virginia."

Pat (lead singer) invited four little girls up and dubbed them the Trainettes. They got to sing along.

Then he took his shirt off, to the delight of the women and gay men in the crowd.

The guitarist totally rocked out on the ukelele for "Hey, Soul Sister." After that awesome song, they played their last number of the day, my all-time favorite, "Drops of Jupiter." It was marvelous. Some more shots:

All in all it was a great day, and I'm glad I went, even though it was hotter than hell and I was drenched with sweat. Tomorrow is so laundry day. Then on Monday, I'm off to Fort Bragg!

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