Well I'm a few days late with my impressions, but better late than never!
As of Friday I wasn't even really planning on going, but I just could not resist. Craigslist is full of people wanting to get rid of their tix at face value or less. And I found a good one. I opted not to do GA, since I kind of wanted to see the show from farther back this time (I had GA on Monday at MSG). It was still a great section (106). I also didn't want to deal with entering at the same time as someone with their credit card to get in and all that...
I got to see Buddah26 way out on the floor which was cool to say hi from afar, and at the end of the show, briefly outside in the rain, I got to meet Msmart who is officially my first Muser from here that I met in person:) Hey guys!
Everyone has said that it's not the setlist that matters -- it's the show, and you are right about that! I had an amazing time all over again, BUT one could only hope for something a little different if you've seen them earlier in the week. Sadly I missed Night #2 at MSG, so I wondered if they would give NJ a treat, being it was the last USA show till Fall, and also it was basically a 3rd NYC show, since it was north Jersey, as others have said.
When we got Hysteria, I was already feeling lucky. I LOVE this song, and I'm so glad I got to hear it. The rest was the same as Night #1 at MSG -- which is absolutely ok! Still great! I was hoping for New Born a little I must admit:)
I got excited watching on the big screens as Matt shook various hands and offered hugs to a special select few -- so lucky!!!
I only got to see the last 2-1/2 songs of Dead Sara. That was ok, I was just glad to have made the show in time, being it all started a half hour earlier than NYC.
IZOD Center rocked. Everyone in my section stood, but most stood still. I moved the entire time. I had a great view of the GA floor and I can tell you that the side on the RIGHT, by Chris, definitely rocked harder than the other side! They jumped, they pumped their hands in the air, and the left side for the most part--except for a few in the very front-- remained still. I think as others have pointed out, it is because they are worried about getting the perfect shots with their phones for videos etc. It sucks because even if you capture something amazing for all of us to share HERE, you are not living in the moment and rocking out WITH Muse and everyone around you. I've been guilty of this at times.
Maybe some of you have gotten this question: "Why do you feel the need to go to more than one show? Haven't you seen it already, what's the point?"
My answer is that it is like watching a movie that you really loved, and you get the urge to see it again and this time you know your favorite parts to really look out for, or to catch something you might have missed the first time, or even in some cases get something brand new! We listen to the same Cds over and over, why can't we watch and listen to the same show over and over? I say if you can get there, afford it, and are able, WHY NOT!
Being my first show at the IZOD, and coming from central jersey, I didn't know what to expect with the shuttles after the show which takes you to Secaucus. I'm not sure I'd go out of my way again to see a show there unless it was something I really loved like this was. The shuttle after the show was very inefficient in that they sent only ONE bus to pick up a massive line of people who stood freezing and wet from the rain. Only after about 35-40 minutes of waiting outside, did they send two more at the same time. I didn't catch the train i wanted, and therefore got home at 2am. All worth it, but when the show was over, I was over the long journey! At least on the way up you have the anticipation of seeing Muse and you feel excited. On the way back it seems twice as long, as you fight sleep on the train.
Anyway, I really look forward to the Philly show in September, and wonder what changes will transpire?!