The west leg of the Soul Inhabitant Tour came to a smashing end at the Fenix Underground in Seattle, WA on April 22nd. What a show! It was the first show where I could see both the stage and the video screens, but by the time Thomas took to the stage the room was SO packed that I could only choose to see him, or the screen between all the bodies lined up in front of my merchandising case. I opted for the screen, as I had not seen all the wonderful video magic worked by Johnny and content filmed by Brian. I didn’t even know there was a seperate small projector designed to throw video on Thomas himself!
It was obvious that this was one terrific show. The crowd was intense and very into hearing the music. There were several small scuffles near my merchandise display and the bar where fans chided others for talking to loud, sometimes politely, sometimes absolutely not. With a start time of 10:45, the crowd had plenty of time to enjoy drinks, which made for a rowdy atmosphere at times. But Thomas was clearly enjoying himself, skating around a glitch during “Submarines” by adding it to the encore later on. I nearly sold out of many sizes of shirts I had with me, and was kept on my feet all night talking to his fans who came by to see me and my wares.
We had a small decompression party back at the hotel, celebrating the end of the leg with a bottle of champagne provided by Johnny and his lovely girlfriend, who has been a great help to me behind the merch table when things get really hopping. They are now off on a cross country drive to New York, complete with some very much deserved vacation days along the way. The crew has started moving east as well, and I hope they get all the sleep they so richly deserve by not having to drive all day and THEN go to work on top of that for a show. Thomas is back home in California, and I am back in Oregon. It’s so quiet! I miss everyone already! But the cats are very happy to see me, and I will have a little time to catch up on errands, bills, my glass work, and sleep.
See you in NYC!
p.s. Happy Birthday, Johnny!