By the final day of the Halloween run, most of my crew was hurting. Too much bourbon and beer had our hotel room smelling like the bathroom of a Wisconsin dive bar. Saturdayâ€™s show was sold out but I ended up getting a wristband for the floor, which ended up being completely packed with people. I was forced to stand behind a guy wearing a huge mushroom head hat and next to a girl that decided to conserve space by grinding on my leg like a dog humping its favorite teddy bear.
As far as Umphreyâ€™s goes, this was definitely their most animated show of the weekend. Jake and Ryan were all over the place, both musically and physically. The first set contained an unfinished version of The Policeâ€™s â€œThe Bedâ€™s Too Big Without Youâ€, which made me realize that I will probably never get a chance to hear Umphreyâ€™s cover â€œWalking on the Moonâ€ live. Also, itâ€™s about time for Umph to tackle â€Man in a Suitcaseâ€.
The final mash-up of the weekend was â€œPush the Booth Deeperâ€ and it was confusing as hell! Most of us had no clue what was going on, which song was being played or whether all three originals were being played at the same time. A friend was able to get a hold of the songâ€™s notes and confirmed the cluster of confusion from which this mash-up was birthed. To be honest, I am still trying to wrap my head around it.
Umphreyâ€™s McGee finally ended the second set on Saturday night by busting out the Metallica rager, â€œâ€¦And Justice for Allâ€, which hadnâ€™t been performed live in over five years. But the real highlight of the evening was the relentless â€œBridgelessâ€ encore. As the tune progressed, one particular audience member could no longer contain his excitement. This very dirty looking man ran across the stage without shoes on, only to be tackled by the stage crew in front of the sold out crowd. It was then rumored that the same wook ended up outside the venue about an hour later going absolutely insane without a single piece of clothing on his body. And thus, a Halloween weekend full of mash-ups and debauchery came to an end.