We were lucky enough to get 3rd row pit seats for this show in Philadelphia. These were the best seats I've ever had for a show, and it was wonderful.
The picture of the venue on Guy's site doesn't really show that the dark area above the wooden ceiling contains balcony seating. The show wasn't nearly sold out. I'd estimate that over 1000 seats were empty. All the green seats in Guy's picture were empty as well as some of the red ones near the back and sides. Still it was a large crowd. I've seen 14,000 listed as the capacity, but I would question that figure as being much too high.
I was looking forward to a pleasant evening, weather wise, since the week had been so mild, but Saturday brought some very warm and humid weather. There was a breeze in the evening, however, even though it was an outdoor venue, much of the inside is covered with a permanent wooden roof which kept the breeze from getting near the stage.
As we passed through security at the entrance, we overheard them getting a change in instructions that hand held video cameras were now allowed to be brought in. I doubt they all received the same instructions, since the security inside the pit even stopped a woman in front of me from taking a single still picture.
I was really hoping that there might be change to the set list, being that they had a week off, and this was a new leg of the tour, but it was very much the "usual" setlist, minus Shangri-La. I thought the omission might have had to do with the temperature, as it had to be warm on stage, but reading Guy's page, I learned that it was due to the 23:00 curfew. For the full set list, see the Naples show, it was the exact same list and order.
MK wore a dark Tshirt and Levi's. Some moments during the show:
As MK was sipping his tea, he made a little joke as to how the American cup and saucers weren't up to his usual standards.
At the start of Bonaparte, MK started the rhythm, and as he played asked Richard if he liked it, and just as Richard was about to join in, MK suddenly yelled "boo" at Richard. A funny little moment. In general they seemed to be having fun on stage, and inspired.
As mentioned on Guy's page in the past, there are monitors for the pit audience, right on the stage. To me, the sound quality in these seats was as good or better than any seats for any artist or show I've ever seen. MK's guitar was so incredibly clear, as well as his voice. His voice was better than on any of the downloads of prior shows that I've heard. Better than the last tour too. Probably the week off gave his voice a well needed rest. I didn't bring any recording equipment, but if anyone did, I would expect this to be one of the best quality shows of the tour, sound and voice wise. I'd love to have a copy (hint hint). The only exception was in Speedway. I'm not sure if it was the mix, or the sound level of the guitars, but the organ was so distorted that it was almost impossible to hear it. Danny was fine on drums, and I listened with an open mind, but sorry, I really missed hearing Chad.
The crowd seemed into the show, enthusiastic, but not overly so. There were a few standing ovations, but I couldn't tell if that was just us in the pit, or it was the whole crowd too. I kept waiting to move to the front of the stage, but didn't want to be the first one. It turned out that no one moved up until after TRoad had finished, and once they did we got right up in front. We were about 4 feet from MK, and the stage wasn't very high, maybe 4 feet high. During Money for Nothing he came up even closer to the crowd and made eye contact with each person in the front with a little smile as he was playing.
In the pit there was an interesting guy in the front row. He had about 10 gold bracelets on one wrist. Throughout the show and shortly after it ended, he badgered the crew, and the band (Richard especially, even in the middle of the show), for guitar picks, drum sticks, and set lists. I thought it was quite annoying. The best part was that there were 2 boys in the second row about 8-10 years old, with their parents. Before the show, Richard's guitar tech explicitly came to the edge of the stage, called them over, and gave them each a guitar pick. After the show, one of the crew gave the same two boys two drum sticks each, and this was right near the guy who had been badgering them for the sticks. I enjoyed that moment...lol
On to Newark Tuesday!