Ha! I was the tall guy in front center. I was jamming out. I basically held Ariel up solo while he was crowdsurfing.
I posted my swag here: http://www.mausspace.com/phpBB3/viewtop ... 16&t=25279
I bought a couple things I didn't have and some buttons. He signed my copy of Pom Pom! I told him I was going to see John in February. He said it "would be an awesome show." I said this is going to be an awesome show! He smiled. After the show I was hanging out outside and actually chatted wiith Ariel and Bradford Cox from Deerhunter.
I was in the center of the crowd, but further back. The crowdsurfing was coming my way but didn't make it all the way to me. There was a really good vibe in that place, one of those shows where you really feel a connection between the performer and crowd. I think I first felt it around "Time to Live", at which point I caught a whiff of some sweet smoke, and suddenly we as a crowd had Liftoff.
I do wish we'd met up. Also wish I could have stayed later and socialized after the show, but I'm not good at late nights and I had to get up real early for work the next day (and I felt it the next day too).
The Deerhunter guy was there? I've never really listened to them but they keep popping up on my "recommendations" because of other stuff I like. I keep forgetting to check them out.
My daughter was surprised to hear that I actually got to talk to Ariel in person and that he was selling his own merchandise. See, that's the advantage of being a fan of stuff that's more under-the-radar than, say, Taylor Swift. You'd never catch her selling t-shirts.