We drove 170 miles here to see Moody Blues for probably the final time. Weren't sure whether the venue was inside or not. Turned out to be not. The Steel Stage, as it's known, is in the area but not inside. That was fine as far as the weather, a very pleasant, balmy night with an eventual breeze, just right for an evening's music. The setup, however, was awful. Even Wolf Trap with its hard, rigid little seats and multiple, non-lit steps was better than this. Here they set up rows of small, rigid seats ( with no padding or arm dividers) in rows which were bolted together and then set so that each head was directly behind the last person's, so that my view was obstructed the whole time, not by someone standing up in front of me, as is usually the case, but by the woman in front of me constantly bobbing her head and body from side to side. Her companion, a tall man even when seated, kept weaving his head to see around the head in front of his, which of course causes a chain reaction all the way down the row. Also, the ample lady next to me, who was delightful when I talked to her during the bands' 30 minute intermission, was rocking and thumping her hands and feet the whole show, so that because of the seats being bolted to each other, caused me to be jostled in my seat for each beat of every song. I can't say enough how thoughtless this attached row system is and although I guess it is convenient to store and transport this type of seating, it is massively inconvenient to sit in, not to mention expensive. We would have been better off getting seats in the permanent bleachers that night and I wish that I had bought those instead for this show, but I don't ever plan to go back there. And what they charged for tickets wasn't cheap. Oh, and the finishing touch, when I did get up to find a restroom, about 1,000 other people had the same idea and the line to use the few port o potties that they had set up stretched all the way back into the entrance to the concert venue, which had another clot of people wandering in every direction. Upon seeing this mess I gave up, never to return.
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