So a few months ago I saw that Primus (one of my favorite bands ever) was playing a the Santa Barbara Bowl so I got a pair of tickets for me and my son.
About a month later I saw that Rush (my favorite band ever) was playing down at Irvine Meadows so I got tickets for myself, my wife and our son (my wife is a Rush fan too).
Of course, that left our daughter, so we talked with Grumpy4 to see if she'd keep an eye on our daughter while we were at Rush and to say thanks, we would all go and see Weird Al at the OC fair on Saturday.
Once I had all my tickets in hand I realized that the Primus show was the same weekend as the other two shows. Three Concerts in 3 days. Two in OC one in Santa Barbara. Sounded like a fun (if not exhausting weekend), which it was.
It all started on Friday the 13th:
We left our house and made the drive down to OC. Our plan was to spend a few hours at Disneyland before checking into our hotel for the weekend, the Irvine Doubletree. Unfortunately my wife wasn't feeling well so after a lunch at Naples at DtD, we headed to the hotel.
Once we checked in, the kids and I spent some time by the pool while the wife rested hoping she would be better for the concert.
Unfortunately she wasn't feeling well, and my daughter had NO desire to see Rush. Luckily the hotel we were staying at was FULL of Rush fans and one needed an extra ticket. So that worked out.
Left the hotel and made the 1 mile drive from the hotel to Irvine Meadows (I refuse to call it that "other" name).
My son and I at the Rush show. This would be my 9th time seeing Rush, my son's 2nd.
The view from our seats. I purposely try and get seats in the front of sections so he can see without anybody right in front of him.
It's always a treat when you get to see your favorite band live
The stage set-up was awesome.
The "Count-Up" to the 2nd half of the show where they opened the 2nd set with their entire Moving Pictures album. Once the clock reached 1981 they started the 2nd set.
Fire makes everything better
So after the show, we headed back to the hotel to get some sleep to prepare for the next day.
Started the morning off with some yummy coffee (who knew the bar at the Doubletree in Irvine made such good coffee). Spent most of the morning/early afternoon relaxing by the pool and thankfully the wife was feeling MUCH better.
Headed to the OC Fair about 3:30/4:00. The good thing about our Weird Al Tickets was that for the price of the ticket ($10) it also included fair admission. It was like getting the fair for free. What a deal!
Walking around the fair:
Much fattening food can be consumed.
Some of sounds/tastes good:
Some ... not so much.
Some ... REALLY not so much. Deep Fried Butter? Even when I wasn't training for a 1/2 marathon I wouldn't have wanted this.
I do have to say though, the deep fried avocado's were REALLY good.
We then met up with Dustysage and Fishbulb to do some cheesy rides.
They also have FastPass now ... not sure if they can even call it that. Doesn't Disney have a trademark on that?
Oh, and you don't need the FP. The fair was PACKED yet we didn't wait in line for anything.
The entrance to one of the rides ... yeah.
Grim Grinning Ghosts Come Out to Socialize?
I know people like to complain about the prices at Disney, but you can spend a LOT more at the fair for considerably LESS time and WAY less quality.
I bought a $50 "ride card" for my son and I. We got on the coaster, 2 spinny rides, 2 cheesy haunted rides and a maze. this took us approximately 30 minutes and maybe 5 minutes of total "ride time". Try mutiplying that by a couple of hours and you can EASILY spend $200-$250 on fair rides.
Not to even mention the food which we spent collectively about $150 on for the day, and didn't really even get an actual "meal". Just lots of crap.
After the rides and a HUGE corn dog, we headed over to Al's Brain. This was actually free with fair admission. Who knew such a thing even existed.
The show as actually pretty cool.
We then said goodbye to Dusty and Fishbulb and made our way into the Pacific Amphitheatre for the show. I hadn't been to this amphitheatre since 1990 (my 2nd Rush show) and I quickly remembered how great a venue this is. I really wish they did more concerts here. Stupid neighbors.
The view from our Weird Al seats
For some reason my camera was in a bad mood that night, so here are my (mostly) non-blurry pictures.
Smells Like Nirvana
Dare to be Stupid (It's always easy to tell which Al song it is due to the outfits)
The Encore had Al coming out and doing The Saga Begins and Yoda with a bunch of Stormtroopers and Darth Vader. It was AWESOME. I had always heard that Al put on a great show and he for sure didn't disappoint. Coming from somebody who has been to over 100 concerts in my lifetime (so far) I have to say, this was one of the best concerts I've ever seen. Certainly in my top 15, if not Top 10.
After the concert we took a quick look at the baby pigs.
The Kid's were showing off as usual.
We then headed back to our hotel, tired, exhausted, but with great memories of a great day. I think it took us all about 5 minutes to crash.
We headed home pretty early in the morning (10:00am) since the concert in Santa Barbara started at 6:30. They have to be done playing there by 10:00. After getting home, taking a MUCH needed nap we got up to the Santa Barbara Bowl at about 6:00.
The view from our seats: (Sorry, these were taken with my cell phone, I forgot my camera)
You also get a great view of the Ocean:
The one good thing about the Santa Barbara Bowl is it hasn't been taken over by a big corporation and they don't over-charge you for things.
Diet Coke, Sprite, Pretzel (with Cheese), Snickers Bar, Reece's ... I would normally expect to pay about $25 for these at a concert (or the movies). At Santa Barbara Bowl ... $12 total. And GOOD beer was only $6.
I really LOVED this venue (this was my first time here) but if bands are playing there instead of somewhere else this is for SURE going to be my venue of choice in the future. Not only is it closer for us, the setting can't be beat. If you ever get the chance to see a show here, don't miss it.
As for the show, Primus was great as always. Wolfmother opened up for them and they were great as well.
By the end of the night, my son and I were both very glad that the concert had to end by 10pm, we were both very tired. Got home about 10:45 and crashed soon after.
And with that, I think I'm "concerted" out ... for awhile at least. Of course, there are bound to be some shows I'm interested in soon.