The Fieldhouse felt like it was just pulsing with electricity. Between the guitars wailing and the lights flashing, it was a really neat experience . . . and through the course of it all, I got to learn how most of it worked. Dean, Peter, Harry and the other roadies got done just in time for the Goos to show up. It was about 3:30 now, and we had to be back at 4:30 for another meeting as security, so we decided to stay and watch the soundcheck. That was one of the best parts of the entire day. We got to actually sit and look at all that we had accomplished that day. (Not to mention, it was like having our own private concert.) We had our meeting at 4:30, got set up, and were ready for the concert. Fans started trickling in at 6:00, and, right on schedule, the Gufs came on at 7:00. I was working Security in the crowd, but I was about 10th row in the center, so I had a pretty good view. Everything went right as planned. . .a half hour set change and the Goos came on at 8:15. The crowd went nuts.
The Goos played for a good two hours, and got the audience really involved. It was the first Goo concert I had ever been to, and I was impressed with their ability to connect with their fans. One particular moment I recall was when John started cracking jokes about bands like the Backstreet Boys and N'Sync . . . "That's not us," he said. Girls in the front row were hving perpetual heart attacks because he was actually talking to them. This concert was one of the best ones I've seen; and definitley better than the one Bradley University had last year. (But hey, that one only cost $3 because I'm a student here, so I can't really complain.)
After the concert, we reloaded everything back on to the trucks and got ready to leave. It was actually kind of sad, because it was all over, and I knew I probably wouldn't get another chance to do something like this again. All the student volunteers who had worked that day exchanged names and e-mail, and we said "goodbye" to the roadies. It was a great experience, and I will never hear the Goo's music in the same way again.