I had a great time at the show. The Casino is a lot bigger than I had imagined it would be, and had a more "Vegas" feel to it than some of those tribal and domestic casinos I've seen in the past.
The theater itself is housed in a separate two story building. You enter through a lobby, where there is a bar, the merch booth and two staircases on either side of the lobby. You take the staircases up to the second floor, where there are more bars and two entrances to the theater itself. The seating was ampitheater style, and the front row seats my wife and I had required walking all the way down the stairs to the bottom of the venue. Two in house monitors were on the left and right of the stage, and then the band had the three hanging monitors above them on stage.
The first song was the polka, and then Canadian Idiot, which people seemed to really love. He said: "Hello Suburb of Vancouver!" sometime around then, which I thought was funny...and there were a few other Canada jokes during the show as well. One was during "A Complicated Song", he said "Move to Nova Scotia where that kind of thing is tolerated". There weren't a ton of people in concert or Hawaiian shirts, which I thought was unusual for a venue like this one, but people seemed to be pretty into the show.
Al came out into the audience during "Wanna B Ur Lovr" (Or WBUL as the folks around here like to call it) and climbed the stairs towards the top of the theater.
They said at the door that cameras were not allowed, but I saw several people using them during the show, I was really bummed that I didn't try to sneak mine in. I did get several pictures with my camera phone. They aren't the best, but I'll share them just the same.
This next one was taken right after Al sang the "Bomb" verse to my wife. She was thrilled, as this was the second time he's come down into the audience and sang to her during a show.
People seemed to be really into the TV clips (you could tell lots of folks were seeing them for the first time). They particularly liked the Canadian themed ones (Celine Dion and Avril Lavigne got big laughs and cheers). Halfway through the show, there was one glitch, which actually made things more intersting. During the opening of The Saga Begins, Reuben lost keyboard audio, and Al was singing it acapella. I wondered for a minute if he'd just keep going, but they managed to fix the sound before it was time for the band to come in. No Stormtroopers at this stop, and Yoda had that new part of the chant I don't know how to do yet...but this was still my favorite part of the show up to that point.
They played Bob this show, so I'm not sure if they played the other one the night before.
White and Nerdy and Amish Paradise both got huge applause, and for the first time on this tour, I was close enough to really appreciate that custom Segway. It's pretty awesome. During the part of Amish Paradise where people are swinging their arms, the guys next to us weren't doing it, so Al leaned down and waved his hands at them until they started. I thought that was hilarious.
During Smells like Nirvana, our section got soaked by the cup of water. I remembered about 2 seconds beforehand and put my phone into my pocket. I forgot to warn my wife.
The medley was great, and I couldn't help singing along during most of it. It's sort of embarassing when you know the band can see you singing along (it's a totally geeked out thing to do) but I did it anyway...except during times where I was specifically trying not to.
Fat was a great finale, and no one got up to leave. There was a real standing ovation, which was cool because the crowd wasn't as rowdy as other shows I've been to in the past. Cell phones had everyone on their feet, and then it was followed by the best performance of Albuquerque I have ever seen.
There was lots of singing along, the part with the donuts was REALLY extended, and he kept asking about "Nanaimo Bars", something I had never heard him do before in concert. During this song, some fan went right up to the stage to take a picture of Al with his camera phone. Security was on him right away and was about to move him away, but Al grabbed the security guy and sang directly to him while the fan took the picture.
It was hilarious and people cheered, but the down side was, Al's kindness inspired a few other morons to try and do the same thing...and they ended up being ejected by security for it. The guy sitting next to me was filming this with his camera, so it'll probably end up on youtube.
During the "Lost my train of thought" part of the song, the band ended up starting all over again, which I loved. I'm not sure if this is a part of the tour now...but I thought it was hilarious. Albuquerque is my favorite Al song of all time...and that just made it even better.
Overall...it was a great show. Best seats I've ever had for an Al concert (I've gotten front row many times, but it's never been that close in an indoor venue). I wish I would have had the foresight to try and sneak my camera in (using it would not have been a problem, since they didn't seem to care). Still..it was awesome, and if he ever plays there again, I'll definitely go back. It was worth the drive.
I can't wait for Monroe tomorrow! I'm taking the day off to go to the fair, and then do the concert tomorrow night.