A True Fanatic in Port Chester, NY

Trip Start Sep 16, 2012
Trip End Oct 20, 2012

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Ace Hotel New York New York City
Read my review - 5/5 stars

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

So. I need to be clear on this entry. There will be no travel talk, or outline of our day-time activities. Because, quite frankly, the absolute highlight and all I can think about when I think of this day, was Port Chester and David Gray.

After more than 20 years closed, the old and infamous Capitol Theatre has only just reopened in the past month after a history of entertainers including the Grateful Dead, PInk Floyd, the Rolling Stones and David Bowie to Janis Joplin.

The train ride north to Port Chester from New York was around 45 minutes from Grand Central station. It's a classic suburban town outside a major city hub.  Gritty, with a variety of convenience stores, cinemas, bottle shops, Mexican restaurants and of course, this amazing old theatre. 

Inside the theatre was gorgeous. Dad was walking around and chatting to one of the security guys that was telling us that it had been neglected for more than 20 years and finally opened again just this year after major renovations. They anticipate this will see a change in the area of Port Chester.  And I am not surprised when it is about to host the likes of Bob Dylan and Regina Spector etc. Our tickets officially were branded 'Fan Club’ so I was hopeful our tickets would be good, particularly considering I booked them at midnight right on the dot of being released on the fan site.  

I was not disappointed. Front row seats - a mere 2 metres maximum from the man himself. An Irish guy called Foy Vance was the support act, who was on for around 30 minutes.  Quite enjoyable.

As soon as the concert began with David, pretty much the front rows and half the theatre were up on their feet dancing. Security initially tried to get us down up the front, but they had no chance and in the end gave up (even though the girl beside me was threatened with a little eviction!).  I think the security guys knew there would be a riot if there were any interference with this fan club’s enjoyment!

Across the other side of the theatre in the second row there was one other guy who was a classic.  Dancing like a crazy man, every now and then he would look over to us and get all wound up again – at one stage I thought he was going to come over and dance with us, but the security guys up front were already pushed to their limit I am sure! So he stayed on the other side, but we all danced the whole concert regardless, except for the slower songs like Kathleen etc.

Whilst I had no photos with David Gray, I can confidently say eye contact was made several times and he was looking over at Talia, Ben and I dancing often and having a bit of a grin at us.  One happy woman! Talia and Ben lived on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and were legends – they have seen David 12 times in concert and were going to see him again in two days at Connecticut. Lucky buggers! Oh, to be American and have bands at your whim so often!

Tracks played were Draw the Line, Fixative, Nemesis, Babylon, Sail Away, Please Forgive Me, Shine, Lately, Kathleen, Jackdaw, Flame Turns Blue, World to Me, My Oh My, The One I Love. (Not in that order!)....and I am sure I have forgotten one or two.  

At the end, Talia and Ben gave us a ride back into Manhattan – which saved us a good hour as the only train back was the 11.50pm and the concert finished at 10.45pm. We are certainly indebted to them for their kindness.

The only thing missing from the concert was Des and Cath as I know how much they would have gone off with excitement as well – particularly after Festival Hall in Brisbane before it was demolished.  I am sure he will be in Australia again soon…we can relive it again then! (You can come too Helene).

If there were a highlight of this trip, it is most certainly this night!

I am now obsessively playing DG on the IPOD everywhere. A true fanatic. 
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