My feet are still sore from the torture I put them through Friday. This whole general admission game is clearly a game for those a little younger and a little more in shape than myself, LOL! But I'm glad I had the time to be able to commit to the general admission experience. This was the first concert in about ten years that I attended alone. Most shows, I'll take my wife. On the off chance I'm seeing an act that my wife has no interest in seeing, or that she's already seen on a particular tour, I'll often take my sister or a friend, but in this case, i decided to go solo. my wife saw the tour in Chicago, and had no interest whatsoever in lining up.
I was concerned about feeling claustrophobic with a ton of people so close, but one of the advantages of a rail spot is the fact that you're standing on a metal plate. It's actually really awkward for the people behind you to step on that plate with you, so they have no choice but to give you some space, lol.
The folks around me in the lineup and on the floor were fantastic. I've already forgotten the name of the woman to my left... she was wearing a dress that had been fashioned out of an original Joshua Tree t-shirt. To my right was Steph from Burlington, with whom I started out on the wrong foot with as she was making a B-line for the exact spot I was on the tree stage. We quickly became acquainted, though, and put the nastiness behind us. She gave me the greatest compliment as we were waiting between The Lumineers and U2. "Joe, you are so chill right now. I have to tell you, it's making ME chill, too!" (she was a little anxious between sets) These wonderful ladies were also kind enough to make sure my rail spot was still there when I made my way through the crowd to get a pizza slice and a cider.