Ok, enough of the distractions – this show was excellent! I had seen the previous Arena show in Cleveland last summer at The House Of Blues. It was in the very first week of the tour and it was clear that the band was still learning the songs. Now they are very tight and everyone onstage looked like they were having fun. The sound was super, and this venue with reserved seating was much more comfortable. “Black Maria” and “Trapped” were smokin’! This time around the crowd was familiar with the Arena tunes. Todd really got into “Afraid,” dancing around and belting out the vocals – he was in fine voice this evening! The middle of the Arena set drags a bit but the finale of Mountaintop/Panic/Manup really pick it up. The encore was:
“Open My Eyes” “Love Of The Common Man” “Just One Victory”I saw many of the regular Cleveland faithful this evening – nice to chat with Lou before the show. Michele R. was busy selling t-shirts – Michele, I would rather see you up onstage singing – maybe Todd can bring you up for “Just One Victory”!