Matchbox 20 and Alanis Morissette

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Snow on the way up to Reno on 80

I was lucky enough to again win tickets from the local radio station to see another concert!  This time I got tickets to see Matchbox 20 perform in Reno! Whoo hoo! The plan was to call it an early day on Friday and head up for a quick sushi dinner at Atlantis and then off to the concert! The unfortunate thing was the bloody weather!  Every time I've had to go to Reno lately has been met with nice rain and snow storms, causing delays and some scary driving conditions (for someone like me who has never driven in the snow).  :-))

It took about 3.5 hours to get up there but mainly because of the snow versus the usual backlog of bay area people headed to Tahoe for the weekend.

Alanis
  We got up there with plenty of time to spare though and got an opportunity to check out the all you can eat sushi dinner at the Atlantis Hotel which is on the catwalk overlook.  The sushi was so so but the view definitely was amazing!

Got to the concert with only a few minutes to spare and the seats weren't great but they weren't the top of the venue either.  Still hard to complain though since they were free!  The face value on the tickets had we been able to buy them since the show was sold out was over $60 each. 

The opening act was someone I had never heard of and I could never understand everytime they said it because the acoustics weren't the best since the concert was at the Reno Events Center.  I didn't know until we were there that Alanis Morisette was also playing!  She came on and did an hour long set which was AMAZING.

Matchbox 20
  I've never seen her live but have always wanted to - she did all her well known songs and a few new ones that I hadn't heard. 

Then.....Matchbox 20 and Rob Thomas.  Yiippeeee! He's so gorgeous!!!! LOL.  They actually came on and played a two hour set straight without any breaks.  I had seen them once years ago at a concert in So Cal and they are just as great as I remember.  I didn't have my camera as it's bigger and I was worried about them checking at the door so I wasn't quite used to the one I was forced to use! :-(  I got a couple good videos though....just ignore the Blair Witch similarities!!!

The concert lasted 4 hours and we went running out of there as our parking had expired and we were in a tow lot...the Friday of St Patrick's Day weekend!! Yikes!! After running across the few streets to get to the parking lot, we saw the people checking tickets only two cars away!!! As we jumped in the vehicle and quickly removed the prepay ticket from the dash, they brought out the boot and started locking the car next to mine!!!  We were about 30 seconds away from having to try and find a room to spend the night!!! LOL.

Rob Thomas
  Any other weekend would've been fine but I was scheduled to "work" at a winery the next morning in the tasting room!  I didn't want to miss my first day!!! :-) 

We started to head out and thought we better check traffic again to see what the weather looked like through the pass.  Yeah, well......chains required and well, don't have them for the company car!! LOL.  $45 for chains and 5 hours later (drive is about 2 hrs normally), got home at almost 4am, leaving me about 5 hours of quality sleep before I had to be up and ready to leave for the winery. It was worth it though as I had dreams of Rob Thomas dancing to lull me right to sleep!! Yeah!!!  

 

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Snow on the way up to Reno on 80
Snow on the way up to Reno on 80
Alanis
Alanis
Matchbox 20
Matchbox 20
Rob Thomas
Rob Thomas
Looks like its blowing sideways!
Looks like it's blowing sideways!
Atlantis
Atlantis
The sky walk where the sushi bar w…
The sky walk where the sushi bar …
The sky walk where the sushi bar w…
The sky walk where the sushi bar …
Cool ceiling in the Atlantis bathr…
Cool ceiling in the Atlantis bath…
Alanis
Alanis
Matchbox 20 entrance screen
Matchbox 20 entrance screen
Reno
photo by: alonski