What a weekend!
Where do I begin?
Ben and I left Knoxville around 2:00 on Saturday and drove to Atlanta with no problems. We had a little difficulty locating the hotel once we arrived, but found it quickly enough. We headed over to Gwinnett Arena around 7:00. The show was scheduled to begin at 8. I didn’t bother taking the stealth cam with me this time around. We went inside and went down to the floor. Hardly anyone was there yet, so we sat down against the wall towards the front.
Burning Brides came on at 8:00. They were good, much better than I was expecting. The lead singer told he had a surprise for us, and Josh came out and played drums on one song. Then James came out and played guitar on the next one. That was pretty cool. Anyway, I was fairly impressed by them, and I think a lot of other people were too.
A Perfect Circle came on at 9:30. I had an excellent view this time. We were standing on the left side of the stage, pretty close to Jeordie, and like the second “row” of people. I had a great view of Jeordie, James, and Maynard the entire time.
They opened with “Vanishing,” of course, with Maynard behind the screen. When the screen came down as they went into “Pet,” Maynard had a cardboard cutout of Arnold Schwarzenegger placed in front of him. He also had a sign that read “Maynard Dr.” on his microphone stand. Hehe.
I was very, very happy with the setlist for this show. Basically, every song that I didn’t get to hear in Indianapolis, they played in Atlanta. I actually think this show was possibly better than the one in Indy. Maynard was really getting into it. It was just awesome.
Here’s the setlist:
Weak and Powerless
Thinking of You
The Nurse Who Loved Me
A song that James sang
Very awesome show.
Afterwards, I couldn’t remember where I parked, so we wandered around the parking lot for awhile. We finally found it, and then it took forever to get out.
Ben before the concert.
Ben after the concert.
Me after the concert.
The next day, we decided to go to the Mall of Georgia, which is like the largest mall in the south. We checked out of the hotel and went to get in the car. It wouldn’t start. We determined that it was the battery and got someone to jump us.
We got to the mall and walked around for a bit. Personally, I think I like Opry Mills better. Although the Mall of Georgia does have an Armani Exchange store (*drool*). It had a neat little outside area with a fountain that kids could play in and some other stuff.
When we got ready to leave (I actually didn’t spend any money), the car wouldn’t start again. Wonderful. The battery is officially dead. We start trying to figure out what to do. We go back into the mall and find a mall security guy and he gets someone to jump it for us.
We start driving down the road looking for an Autozone or Wal-Mart or something. We happen upon a Sam’s Club and decide to stop there. It was already getting kind of late and we were ready to get back on the road to Knoxville. We go into Sam’s, locate the kind of battery we need, and go to pay for it. Well, guess what? My Sam’s Club card had expired. Bleh. So, we get someone there to jump us off and continue our search.
We found a Wal-Mart down the road. We go in, buy a battery, come back out, determine we need a wrench, go back in, buy a wrench, come back out, and finally finally finally get the battery replaced. Finally. Ugh.
So then we get on I-85 to begin our journey back to Knoxville. And get stuck in traffic. For an hour and a half. I’m not lying. We went 14 miles in 1.5 hours. Oh, and did I mention it was raining through all of this?
We finally got back to Knoxville. And now I’m completely broke once again.