In the opinion of this concert-goer, who attended his 10th Phish show on Wednesday, Oct. 23, here at the Glens Falls Civic Center, the whole feel of that evening was one of contentedness, gratitude, support and deﬁnitely intimacy.
This Glens Falls show was something special for the band, for the Phish community and for Glens Falls.
You could feel it in the buzz before the show.
It was apparent in the thoughtfulness of the songs they chose to play.
Guitarist and singer Trey Anastasio conﬁrmed it in a personal address to the Glens Falls Civic Center audience.
You could even hear it in the musicians’ nerves at the beginning of the concert.
Phish didn’t have to play here.
They typically play arenas three and four times the size of the Civic Center.
But Glens Falls proved that community, care and gratefulness can outweigh ticket sales and bring top-tier artists to town. There’s no place like home.
“There’s a song that I sing called ”Til the Season Comes ‘Round Again,’ that’s the last song on my album, ‘The Gift.’ It’s a new song, but I think it’s such a wonderful song for summing up what Christmas is all about. It’s a little like ‘Chestnuts Roasting On an Open Fire’ [actual title – ‘The Christmas Song’], but it’s got a religious bridge that talks about ‘one night holy and bright.’ It’s really just a wonderful song about warmth and about family and what the purpose of Christmas is really all about. Those kinds of songs are just so very hard to find.
And I also love ‘Chestnuts Roasting’ because I think it allows even those people who are not religiously oriented to feel the spirit of Christmas regardless. And it symbolizes the power of family with its ‘cold-outside, warm-inside’ imagery.”
When you’re as successful as Alan Jackson – who has racked up more than 50 Top 10 hit singles, half of which have shot straight up to No. 1 on Billboard’s country charts – sometimes it’s difficult to predict exactly which song is going to be the biggest crowd-pleaser in concert.
That won’t be the case, however, when the country superstar makes a tour stop at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Saturday night. No, you can bet the farm that this is the one that’s going to earn the loudest and longest applause of the night:
It was nearly showtime for the Racin’ & Rockin’ Country Music Show at the Glens Falls Civic Center. It was Saturday night, party night. People streamed into the hockey arena – either heading to their seats or going to get a beer. The techs were buzzing around the stage finishing some last minute adjustments for the quadruple bill featuring some of country music’s biggest stars.
It was a joint headlining bill with Jo Dee Messina and John Michael Montgomery sharing the top spot with up-and-coming stars Jack Ingram and “American Idol” star Bucky Covington opening the show.
“I don’t know. Boy, I couldn’t tell you the first record album I ever bought.
It might have been Van Halen’s ‘Women and Children First.’ That would have been around the time that I first had my own money.
I really don’t know, but it was something like that.”
Guitarist Kerry King and the rest of his bandmates in Slayer invade the Glens Falls Civic Center in Glens Falls at 7pm on Wednesday (August 11), to kick off their co-headlining American Carnage Tour with Megadeth. Opening the show is Testament. Slayer’s “Seasons In the Abyss” and Megadeth’s “Rust in Peace” will be played in their entirety. Tickets $29.50, $39.50 and $49.50.
The long-awaited American Carnage Tour – postponed for several months due to emergency back surgery on Slayer bassist-vocalist Tom Araya – is shaping up to be one serious trip in a mega-watt, head-bangin’ time machine.
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