The day of the days

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We woke up early since we were very excited about what will await us. We had a shower and put our clothes on and then we headed to Grafton Street where we should meet up with Christian again. We wanted to meet us at 9 a.m. but he didn't show up. I texted him and he texted back he's on his way. Another 30 minutes went by and he didn't show up. Then finally, 45 minutes late, he arrived. He got lost somewhere since the map was wrong. Hehehe, I never heard such a lame excuse. Jules and me had the same one but ours worked fine - lol. Anyway, we headed into a MacDonalds for breakfast since we got very hungry while waiting. And we were cold. A wind was going and it was raining, temperatures around 15°C. After breakfast Jules and me walked into a Marks and Spencer to buy a warm fleece pullover. Heck, it's july it should be hot as hell!!!!

We did some sightseeing in Dublin. We've been to the river Liffey, St. Stephens Green, Dublin Castle, the Olympia Theatre and strolled around Temple Bar. I wrote some post cards to my friends who didn't want to attend - just to let them know what they've missed :p

Around noon we headed back to the hotel for a little nap since the night would be exhausting ;) At 4 p.m. we met up with Christian again at Temple Bar for an early dinner. Then we headed to the theatre already, since Mark told us if we would be early there's a chance to get one of the 100 wristbands for a reserved area in front of the stage.
Dublin - Street in Temple Bar
We were queueing. Mark was already there and we talked a bit. Next to us stood 2 ladies from the US and a man from the UK and we chatted a bit to kill time. The 2 ladies had a bottle of red wine each which we shared while waiting until the doors got open. Suddenly Peter Buck (the guitar player) accompanied by the manager Bertis Downs and the other guitar player Scott McCaughey arrived. They stopped by us and chatted a bit. Then they went to the stage entrance and disappeared. We were thrilled.

Finally the doors got open and we headed into the theatre. We were lucky and got our wristbands. So we were able to leave our places for catching up some beer or red wine or just go to the toilet. We stood in 2nd row in the middle of the stage so we had a good view on all the band members.

The support act (I forgot her name :o since she didn't play my taste of music) entered the stage and played for about 30 minutes. I looked around the old theatre a bit. It was amazingly beautiful. This was truely a nice place for this. It isn't huge - I guess for about 1,000 people but it had a special charm. I spotted Mike Mills (the bass player) at the balcony listening to the music.

Then, after a 30 minutes break,  the band came on stage. Mike Mills had a megaphone and shouted "This is not a show" and the party began. The first song was "Horse to water" one of the new songs, followed by another new song "Starring down the barrel of the middle distance". The people were thrilled by the new songs and we all were in great mood.
Dublin - House in Temple Bar
Then, when they played old songs like "Auctioneer (Another Engine)", "Feeling Gravitys Pull", "Driver 8"and "1,000,000" (one of my favourites) the crowd went mad. All of us, fans and band, had a great evening.

The setlist was (if anyone is interested:)

    1. Horse To Water
    2. Starring Down The Barrel Of The Middle Distance 
    3. Auctioneer (Another Engine) 
    4. Mr. Richards
    5. Houston 
    6. Feeling Gravitys Pull 
    7. On The Fly 
    8. Driver 8 
    9. Man-Sized Wreath 
    10. Kohoutek 
    11. Supernatural Superserious 
    12. Until The Day Is Done
    13. So.
      Dublin - House in Temple Bar
      Central Rain
       
    14. Accelerate
    15. Living Well Is The Best Revenge 
    16. Encore:
    17. Second Guessing
    18. 1,000,000
    19. Little America 
    20. I'm Gonna DJ 

Exhausted and happy we left the theatre to head into the pub next door after the gig.
Dublin - House in Temple Bar
The pub was packed with hundreds of fans and not even a mouse could have found a space - lol. And all of them had just 1 topic. The new songs and how great they sounded. I never saw so many happy people on one place.

Around 1.30 a.m. we headed back to the hotel since I had to get up early for our flight back home.


aloneinthecrowd says:
It was :D I'll never forget these 3 days.
Posted on: Oct 26, 2009
sylviandavid says:
A full and happy day!
Posted on: Oct 25, 2009
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Dublin
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Dublin - Street in Temple Bar
Dublin - Street in Temple Bar
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Dublin - House in Temple Bar
Dublin - House in Temple Bar
Dublin - House in Temple Bar
Dublin - House in Temple Bar
Dublin - House in Temple Bar
Dublin - House in Temple Bar
Dublin - House in Temple Bar
Dublin - House in Temple Bar
Dublin - House in Temple Bar
River Liffey
River Liffey
River Liffey
River Liffey
River Liffey
River Liffey
Bridge over Liffey
Bridge over Liffey
Bridge over Liffey
Bridge over Liffey
River Liffey
River Liffey
Brogans Bar
Brogan's Bar
Dublin castle
Dublin castle
Dublin castle
Dublin castle
St. Stephens green
St. Stephen's green
St. Stephens green
St. Stephen's green
St. Stephens green
St. Stephen's green
Olympia Theatre
Olympia Theatre
Olympia Theatre
Olympia Theatre
Olympia theatre
Olympia theatre
Olympia theatre
Olympia theatre
Olympia theatre
Olympia theatre
Its the end of.....
It's the end of.....
A bunch of happy people
A bunch of happy people
Michael Stipe and Peter Buck, Bill…
Michael Stipe and Peter Buck, Bil…
Peter Buck and Scott McCaughy
Peter Buck and Scott McCaughy
Mike Mills
Mike Mills
Boys havin fun
Boys havin' fun
Waitin that Michael ends up his s…
Waitin' that Michael ends up his …
Give it all
Give it all
1, 2, 3.....
1, 2, 3.....
Concentration
Concentration
Lost for words
Lost for words
cheers
cheers
a commercial break ;)
a commercial break ;)
Scott McCaughey
Scott McCaughey
Mike Mills
Mike Mills
Peter Buck with Dinosaurs
Peter Buck with Dinosaurs
Bill Rieflin
Bill Rieflin
Michael Stipe
Michael Stipe
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