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Keane @ The Fillmore, 12/2/04
Friday, Dec. 03, 2004 - 9:58 a.m.
It's hard to believe it's only been six months since the first time I saw Keane.
John and I drove over to the garage under the Kabuki Theatre complex in Japantown and parked there. The Fillmore was located diagonally across the street from there, and the night was cool and clear. We got to the venue shortly before the doors opened, and didn't have to wait out in the cold for too long.
Security was very cool. They were not tearing stubs off of our tickets, but merely scanned them instead, so we were able to keep our tickets intact as a souvenir. The security person I spoke to asked if I had mace or pepper spray, and I said no, just nasal spray, and he smiled and waved me in. John got a more thorough frisking, but soon followed me in. We climbed the stairs to the theatre, and admired the hallways filled with the posters and handbills.
When we got inside, the look on John's face was worth what I paid for the tickets. He is a native of San Francisco, a child of the 60s, and has never been to a show at the Fillmore.
We went into the actual theatre part and scoped out what were surely among the best seats in the house; about thirty feet to stage right.
The crowd that comes to see Keane is always among the most well-mannered that I have ever been in. Excuse Mes and Thank Yous were plentiful, even near the front of the stage.
I was also absolutely stunned to see the amount of children at this concert; I saw probably several dozen people under the age of thirteen if I saw one.
The opening band was The Dears, and they're from Montreal. They were really good, as are most Canadian exports.
Their set ended and then after a short changeover, Keane took the stage. Tom's hair is a lot longer, and everybody is still managing to find energy from some unknown source.
They're heading for Japan in the middle of the month; I hope they are well-received.
I have seen this band four times, and I am not tired of the experience yet.
Overall, Keane is still in top form, and the show was excellent.
In other news, my allergies are giving me perpetual hell, but that's normal for this time of year as there are a lot of woodstoves being fired up and extra mildew for the holidays.
Ho ho ho.
I decided not to play Friday Five today. I hope that's okay with you. :-)
Have a good weekend!
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