That was the night of my life! Holy Smokes! I don't even know how to put it into words...It is really late, but I can't sleep.
I got there really early - like 11-11:30am - WhiteStripes03 was there already, which was cool. He was a really sweet guy, and I was glad to have his company. I had brought my stamp pendants with me (see art thread) in hopes of being able to give them to a roadie or something to give to the band. The tour buses were in the parking lot right in front of us, so we got to see the guys walking around to and from the buses to the venue. At one point Patrick walked out, and I caught his attention and motioned for him to come and see me, and then something strange happened...he actually did! I gave him the pendants and talked with him for a while about the album art. He is the absolute sweetest guy - and totally made my whole night - I cannot thank him enough for all he did.
He had to go after a bit, as the other band members had piled into a van while we were talking. But when they came back, he caught my eye and waved at me and showed me that he was wearing my necklace. So sweet - (and I would be totally remiss if I did not mention how incredibly charming he is in person...)The rest of the band got out of the van and Jack and Brendan were also wearing the necklaces. I was over the moon,
They wore them onstage the entire concert! Patrick waved at me, from stage, a couple of times, and pointed out that he was wearing my necklace. Honestly the sweetest guy, I can't believe he was so incredibly nice - (did I mention that he is insanely cute? )
I will try not to fangirl gush about Patrick too much more, but he is really the best...he made my entire trip.
The concert was great and not great at the same time. The Sadies were completely awesome - their set far exceeded expectations, and I was really glad to have gotten to see them. I didn't know of them before, but I will totally be picking up some of their stuff in the future.
I got on the rail, straight in front of Jack (more importantly in front of Patrick).
The Raconteurs were really tight. Jack's voice was giving him trouble - he mentioned that he wasn't supposed to be singing, but he sang anyways - and was great. I can't for the life of me remember the set list.
What I remember playing was(not necessarily in this order):
Consoler of the Lonely
Switch and the Spur
Keep It Clean
Steady As She Goes
Many Shades of Black
Salute Your Solution
The crowd was the biggest bunch of drunken jerks I have ever encountered in my life. Some jerk behind me kept calling out over and over again "Jack White!!!! Loook at MEEEE!!!White STRIPES!!!" which was insanely annoying. I have never been so smooshed in my life as I was against that rail, by some huge goons behind us. There were crowd surfers galore and several times I had to crouch down to avoid being hurt. When that wasn't happening, the crowd was moshing and would just surge forward until I couldn't breath, and I would have to brace my legs and arms against the rail to not be completely smooshed - all of which kind of distracted from the show. When they weren't flattening you from behind, they were pushing you from the side.Some girl beside me was bent on filming the whole show and kept reaching her camera past me and putting her elbow in my face.
Keep it Clean was absolutely incredible. So glad they played it - as was Salute Your Solution and Carolina Drama.
I think we ended up missing several songs due to the idiocy of the crowd. The band kept slowing down in between songs until the crowd calmed down.
Brendan's voice was awesome and it was great to see him play - slide guitar on Carolina Drama, and Top Yourself were highlights for me - I'm a big fan of his. I was completely impressed by his skill. He is BTW nowhere near as skinny in person as everybody makes him out to be. I got to see him ride by on his motorcycle before the show, as well as walking around, and got a couple of smiles which was nice.
Little Jack played an awesome set.
And Patrick was of course incredible. Somebody mentioned before that he is one of the most charismatic drummers on stage that they have ever seen - and yeah, ok, chatting with him earlier in the day certainly helped - but he has stage presence. I found myself watching him almost more than anybody- and that is said from someone who had Jack White right in front of her. I have never seen anybody drum the way that he does - incredible.
After the show I (and a few LR's I shared my passes with ) went to the bar part after everybody cleared out and waited. I saw Mark the keyboardist - but he was talking to a few guys and I didn't want to interrupt - and I wouldn't really know what to say either. But Patrick came in and I got to talk to him for a while. He thought I was a teenager, lol, either that or he was being very flattering - but I'll take it. He gave me a tshirt for my brother who couldn't end up making it to the show after all. He had a bad reaction to the dye from his CT scan and was really sick.
I'm glad he didn't try to be a trooper - he was worried about letting me down - but that crowd would have taken him down in a heartbeat. Patrick also gave me (and the other LR's) a copper bracelet each - which was super nice.
We talked about jewelry making stuff for a bit (he went to art school, and used to make jewelry!), and he signed something for me and I got a picture of us together. He told us that he didn't think that the rest of the band would make it in to say hi, but that we could wait a bit if we wanted.
We waited for a few, but it was obvious we wouldn't be seeing any of the rest. When Patrick left, so did I. It was slightly disappointing not meeting the others - but then again, not really. The Raconteurs wore my pendants onstage! They already gave me the greatest gift ever by wearing those pendants, and a handshake and awkward hello could nowhere near compare to that. I totally wasn't expecting that, and it was so nice of them to wear them - and I am so thankful. And besides, it was so nice the time that Patrick took out to talk with me- who could ask for more than that!
So yeah - the absolute best night. I can't believe everything that happened....and thanks again to Patrick and the band!