Gomez, my favorite band, headed back across the pond for a 15 years celebration tour, and husband and I went to see them in Dallas yesterday. They are also doing a couple shows in Austin, which is much closer and a great music city (so I've read), but they are during the week and the band would start playing at about the same time we need to go to sleep. Dallas is a little under two and a half hours to the North of us, and not our new favorite place for driving. We made it to our first stop, In-N-Out Burger, a fast food place known to those on the West coast. I don't have any particular connection to it from my nine years living in CA (expect remembering it was good even though I always thought it smelled like fish near the place), but it was fun to experience a little CA flashback. Our attempt to then head to the concert venue was interrupted by traffic and almost running out of gas while stuck in it. Yeah, that was not fun. We were not pretty, calling Telefact to help guide us and trying to get my iphone to understand we were on the highway, not the little roads below. We made it to a gas station, though, by giving up taking our exit and heading the opposite direction. Luckily, it was still pretty close and easy to get to the Palladium for the show, with 15 minutes to spare before the doors opened at 7.
People gradually made their way in; we were the 5th and 6th people in line to get in, and the show started at 8 with an opening band Hey Rosetta!, from Newfoundland, Canada! Never heard of them, but they had a cello and were pretty good. Then Gomez came out! They split their show in half- the first half was songs they picked to play, and the second was the top 10 songs we voted on for them to play (when you bought a ticket, you could go select what songs you wanted them to play). And they were awesome. We were right up close and they played some of my favorites (though really I enjoy all of their songs). It was a great show, and I'm happy to have finally seen them live (after two missed opportunities to see them in Pittsburgh and DC). I just love them.
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(Abbreviated) Setlist via
and lastly, I took this video of Gomez performing (most of) Detroit Swing 66