U.S. TOUR 2004
Phoenix, Arizona - July 4
Well, my husband and I are still in Gipsy King Land.....can't get them out of our head or heart, nor do we want to! We saw them at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix and since we called early enough this year, we got front row seats! It was the first time we were able to actually see them play, not only hear them. It was quite an experience! Of course, I then wanted to follow them all over the Western US but in our reality it was impossible. By last Tuesday, the 13th we couldn't stand it any longer and off we went to Tucson. This time we had no tickets, a four hour drive...one way, had to leave work early, be at work the next day, and a burning desire to see the KINGS!!! I guess it pays to follow your heart because we got real lucky and ended up with 2nd row center seats. We got to the box office as it opened and they just happened to have these great seats.......amazing!
We enjoyed every second of each of the concerts........it was like dying and going to heaven, for lack of a better way of putting it! They seem to get better and better every year! We liked the sound and the enthusiasm of the crowd in Tucson though. I'm sure they like seeing their fans get into it. Personally, I don't know how you can't! Their music is like nothing else and to be fortunate enough to be able to see them perform is like a religious experience!!! What more can I say!
I need to add a few comments to what my wife has said.
The Celebrity is a great venue to get really close to the band. Our front row seats were also right next to the on/off stage ramp so we were able to shake hands with the guys and generally act like 50 something groupies. The downside is the sound quality. Can you say, TOO LOUD! I mean, I love a live performance but for the size and configuration of the theater, it seems as though the sound tech's are sacrificing quality for quantity of sound. We could hear their monitors over the main sound system. An extreme case of "muddy" sound.
At the end of the performance, Canut was gesturing to Diego and sticking his fingers in his ears and shaking his head! After the encore, he was the first to leave and obviously irritated. We really enjoyed it for the closeness to them but as far as sound quality goes, well, I enjoyed the Tucson performance much more.
The other descriptions of the Tucson performance were spot on so I don't need to add anything.