I just got back from dinner after the RHCP concert. I will probably put up a rant about how much vegas sucks on my own journal, but not tonight. I shant sully the wonderful experience of the vegas show.
The venue was fantastic (until the end...) but annoying. They moved it out of the Las Vegas Convention Center (which was a block off of the strip, and walking distance from my hotel) to the Sam Boyd soccer stadium about 10 miles away (35 dollar cab ride to get there). Once there we were being fully baked by the Nevada sun. The venue (like most) has the dumb policy (like most) about not bringing external water (which seemed really idiotic since we were in the f*cking desert). They did however provide water. I however smuggled in two bottles of water (for my wife and I) and I chugged one before we entered as my attempt to feign compliance by throwing out the bottle. However they didnt do a patdown so I got away with the bottles of water in my cargo pants. Many other people weren't as lucky. After we entered the venue, my wife and I were one of the first 5000 people to enter, so we were able to get into the front section of the venue. Thus I was able to get about 40 feet from the stage. I had seen enough live concerts to know that I wanted to be on the right-side of the stage (since thats where John plays). The event planners got the stage right. They buit it with the stage facing east, so the stage blocked the sun. The temperature in the shade must have been in the 80's, as opposed to the 100+ degree temperature of the sun.
The show started about 6pm. The first openers was some punk band called "The Adolescents" (http://www.theadolescents.net/). They were alright. Typical punk band, but nothing special. They played a germs cover though, which was decent.
Weezer was the second opener, and they started around 7:30pm. A decent show, but Rivers is so unenergetic, it was quite a boring performance (unless you are a crazed weezer fan, which I'm not).
(anyhow, this is an rhcp journal, so I'll talk about them).
After about an hour of prep work by various stage crew and the techs (I'm glad to finally get to see Dave Lee, Tracy Rober, and Chris Warren do their thing), the show started about 9:20PM. As usuall there was a jam with Flea, John, and Chad, before Anthony made his enterance. I'll post the full set list later. It was a two hour show, ending around 11:20pm. The show was very much like 2004 tour (IE, Live at Slaine or Osaka Jo Hall). However, there were 3 new songs played, and the highlight of the show was an impromptu jam session with Flea on trumpet and John on Flea's BASS.
Overall, the concert probably wasn't as good as Live at Slaine (which is really hard to beat), but it was damn good. Though, it was the most expensive free concert I've ever been to, considering if you factor in hotel, airfare, and cab fare, it cost me about $650 dollars (from NYC), and I met plenty of other people from Oregon, California, all over.
Anyhow, here's the setlist. I got into the 3rd song before I realized I could type up a setlist on my PDA rather than trying to remember it all, so I hope I got all the first songs.
(note that some of the jams may have had pieces of new songs in them)
01 - Jam
02 - By the Way
03 - Scar Tissue
04 - Fortune Faded
05 - Otherside
06 - Throw away your television
07 - NEW: "For the 21st Century"
08 - Dont Forget Me
09 - I feel love (Donna Summer's Cover)
10 - Parallel Universe
11 - Thelonious Monk cover ("a good question" "you don't have to do nothing")
12 - Brandy
13 - Get On Top
14 - Soun to Squeeze
15 - NEW: "Ready Made" ("ready made / steady as a river flows / ready made / this is how the story goes")
16 - Jam
17 - Californicatoin
18 - NEW: "Red Hot Mama"
19 - Right on time
20 - Can't Stop
21 - Jam (John on Bass Flea on Trumpet)
22 - Under the Bridge
23 - Give It Away
24 - Jam