As for the actual show content and progression, I was a bit concerned that they may not be feeling it before hand. I went to see them in 2013 in MI and they didn't seem too into it. In an attempt to correlate their performance in Michigan to something, I figured it was because they didn't sell all of the tickets and had to go through Groupon. I thought maybe they figured that the people there weren't going to be as into it since they got cheap tix and maybe they were not thrilled that they didn't sell more tix. I'm not sure... I mean, it was a good show (if anyone was there, Meadowbrook music festival on 7/4/13) but I just felt like something was up and maybe Adam wasn't horribly into it that night.....
Well, similar scenario with Huber Hts. Ohio in regards to crowd/ticket sales... they ended up selling the back seat tickets for $15 ea. and the venue was NOT packed at all... That plus the fact that they had just played Columbus Ohio the day before and it was hot and stuff... I figured maybe they'd be tired and unenthused about the crowd.
But man was I wrong. Adam was all smiles and seemed very excited. Even Emmer... I yelled to him during a break between songs and just cheered him on (cause he was rocking as usual) and he got to laughing and even did the "rock n roll" devil horn hand signal to show his appreciation toward my enthusiasm.
All in all I was totally wrong in my conclusion that they are less enthusiastic about the show based on crowd or ticket sales. I mean, it was a pretty good crowd but a lot of the folks around me didn't know the newer songs... I'd say most people didn't know 1/2 of the songs played. I'm pretty sure Adam noticed that I knew every word to every song cause during some of the new songs he came over and looked directly at me as he (and I) sang all of the words.
Adam even thanked everyone for coming out and acknowledged that they had just played a show 50 miles away (the Columbus OH show) the night before so he thanked people for coming out to the Huber Hts. OH show.
And as always he did say "Don't worry.... we WILL be back!" so that's exciting!
conclusion: I could not be happier with the show and my experience. I suppose I would have LOVED to be front and center.... maybe someday....