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I actually think they toned down the sound - Mesa has noise ordinances and I've seen acts get turned down during shows at MAC. James was low in the mix at a few points, but I thought that felt more like the sound guy didn't get him turned back up when he came back from a break. Mangini's solo was a little less crazy than the LA one, but he also seemed much more comfortable w/ the older material tonight. At one point in the LA show it seemed like he got lost - tonight he was locked in and having fun - injecting his own personality into the older tunes, esp. Fatal Tragedy. Really liked seeing that.
Good show, better than the Nokia Theatre show I saw in Sept. The sound was simply amazing at MAC, and Andy McKee was a treat as well. But what's with the drunk lady who threw her bra in the air?
MAC website has ticket prices - REALLY reasonable - $27-$45. I can afford it even if I can't convince my editor that DT is worth some ink.
And MAC is one of the nicest venues in town - intimate, great sound, comfy seats, free-to-cheap parking. Although I haven't heard a really loud show there. I still expect it will sound better than the Web Theater did!
Dec. 4 Mesa Arts Center according to Danny Zelisko. Tix on sale on 10/10.
Just got back from LA show - noticed it was NOT a Live Nation/Clear Channel show. That could be the problem w/ Phoenix. If they aren't using Live Nation, that can cause problems in Phoenix because Comerica is a Live Nation venue and the other choices are pretty limited - they're too big for the Celebrity now and the Marquee is a joke. W/ Zelisko booking Mesa Arts and the Orpheum, that might be what DT needs. I could also see a nice Spring show at Mesa Amphitheatre.