On Thursday night, I was finally able to see Matt Nathanson in Asheville. My only complaint? He was opening for Lifehouse. Matt should have been headlining the Orange Peel, not opening. Lifehouse was ok, but I was also biased because I heart Matt – even more than Edwin. My other complaint about that show? The couple who groped each other throughout the entire show. They were gross, and the guy was so big that I kept having to move out of the way to avoid being hit or groped. And, they were drunk. Gross.
So, back to the show. Matt was amazing, as usual. He was so worth the late hours, and me having to wake up the next morning. I just wasn’t able to hang out long enough to talk to him after his set. I was a little excited to hear from Bekki, though, that he was playing a free show on Sunday afternoon outside of Atlanta.
I was so exhausted on Friday that the thought of driving to Atlanta was tiring and I cancelled all thoughts of it…until Saturday. On Saturday, my dear friend Cathy called me. I haven’t really talked to her since February. She lives in Greenville, and as soon as I listened to her voicemail, I knew I might have a shot at the Atlanta show. By Saturday night, it was set. We were going to make Sunday a roadtrip.
Sunday afternoon I found myself in Greenville by 1:15. We were heading out by 1:30 and knew we had at least a 3 to 3 1/2 hour drive on our hands – and the show was going to start at 4:00. Thanks to Cathy’s mad driving skills, we were able to stop for lunch (20 minute detour) and make it to the show by 4:00 – exact time.
Gary Pfaff opened the show and I adore him. I talked to Matt briefly before his set and he was as wonderful as usual. Before January, it had been years since I had seen him. My goal was to chat with him following the interview we did in February. My goal was met. Another show, another amazing performance by Mr. Nathanson. He toned down the set to include less harsh language – you know, for all of the 5-year-olds in the crowd. He referred to his set as being rated PG, and quickly changed it to rated G. He talked about the show feeling like Tiffany’s performances in malls, and tonka trucks, break dancing. There was even talk about Rock of Love and Bret Michaels.
I love the 12-string guitar…
I created a photo gallery. I couldn’t help myself. I took almost 70 photos. The pictures haven’t really been edited yet, but click here to take a look. (I spent 5 minutes trying to embed the code on the blog. It wasn’t working. I don’t have patience to spend more time on it.)
It was an awesome day. Yes, I’m tired today. But, it was sooooo worth it!