Now it feels like Christmas. :)
I was in awe at their movable lighting trusses. What sick-minded designer thought that up? In one way it's good that the lights mounted to them are movable too, but in another way it's a nightmare that the computer controlling them needs to account for the movement of the truss! Usually they only moved between songs, but a few times they moved during complex lighting sequences. The effect was well worth it, whatever pains they had to go through in getting that to work.
Pyrotechnics! I don't recall them using those before, but that was definitely cool. Different colored flames, too!
LEDs! I should've predicted this because it makes so much sense... LEDs for stage lighting! Those traffic lights are so bright. So why not fill the stage with them? :) They used them well. But one malfunctioned towards the end of a song and it stayed on shining red into the blackout... until some techie ran out and fixed it. Fortunately it was on the stage, not hung out of reach. I thought they'd just unplug it, but it was actually working after that, so I guess maybe its communication cable just came loose. Shouldn't computer-controlled lights fail to an off state when communications are lost though? In any case they fixed it quick and without disruption before the next song, so good job there. I'll bet most people didn't even know anything went wrong.
Lasers! Of course... Red and green ones.
Bell Lights! Actually, they were just their regular movable lights, the bigger ones, but in this one song where the lyrics mentioned bells ringing, they had the big movable lights point down and swing back and forth like bells. That was awesome. :)
Snow! Of the soapy variety. It didn't reach us though... just the people within 20 rows of the stage.
Drum solo! Dude, that was basically an electronic fireworks display (the finale part). I wonder if that was the inspiration... Because it felt just like it.
Proposal! That's right, one of the fans proposed to his girlfriend there at the show. He had e-mailed the band about his plan, and between songs they mentioned it, asking if he was there. They shone the bright white movable lights out into the audience and found the guy with everyone around him standing up and pointing to him a section or two over from us. She said yes! (Not that there was any pressure. :) )
Also, we somehow arrived at exactly the right time. I took jhoover as my Christmas present to her. We went to dinner first at Cerame's, then left there at about 7:20 for the 8pm show. But when we got to the 490 exit into downtown, it was backed up onto the ramp, and it just didn't seem to be moving at all. So we got out of line and went straight instead, finding a different way to the arena, but just ending up in another line that didn't seem to be moving, but at least we knew this one was leading into the parking garage. By the time we got parked, it must've been 8:05. We walked in, got our tickets scanned, and headed for section 117. The show hadn't started yet! So we sat down, then Jamie says, "Hey these seats aren't bad at all." Upon looking around, I realized, wait, we're in the upper bowl. I know our tickets were in the lower bowl! Yup, we had found section 217. So we got up and found our real seats. And I swear just as our buts hit the seats, the lights went out. Awesome. :)
Getting out of the parking garage took forever of course. But we got to kill the time by playing with the present Jamie gave me! It's the hand-held 20-questions game, like the one you can play at www.20q.net. So we sat in the car playing it while waiting for cars to move. We tried to think of something really specific in hopes to beat it, so I thought of a lug nut. (I guess being surrounded by cars had something to do with that.) So it asks us all the questions and it didn't guess it within 20, but it kept going... At some point we got distracted and lost interest in the game, but then Jamie looked down at the screen and it said "Is it a lug nut?" We about died! It didn't surprise me that it was in its database, but it was totally absurd because the last few questions it asked didn't lead up to it at all. And it never asked about anything car-related at all. I know it's probably programmed to ask misleading questions before it reaches 20 if it already knows the answer, but it had already lost, so we figured it would be trying really hard. Oh well. :) Then later we tried "galaxy" and it guessed that one too. Again, without any questions that really lead up to it at all. It would be interesting to see the tree of logic and possibilities it goes through. Jamie thinks it might have a microphone and voice recognition chip in it to pick up the word from conversation. :)
All in all, an excellent evening. Now I have Christmas cookies to finish decorating tomorrow. :)