Nancy and I get a free night at Marriott when we renew our credit card, unfortunately it expired August 12. We tried last weekend to spend the night in Richmond but couldn’t use our free night. Good thing because the following weekend The Killers were playing at Merriweather and a Marriott is just down the road. We scored a couple pavilion tickets and booked our free night.
Saturday we headed up early to check out the Frisco Taphouse which was recommended to us. This place has over 40 beers on a rotating tap, all of which are craft and micro brews. Outside of the official Dogfish Head Alehouse, I have never seen so many of there their beers available on tap. I started with the seasonal Festina Peche from Dogfish and got a cask conditioned from a brewery I had never heard of. The cask conditioned was very botanical and while it was good, I wouldn’t get it again. We then checked into the hotel and took a cab to the venue. We started the afternoon off by pre-gaming and we’re going to continue what we started through the show.
The weather turned out to be perfect for an August show. Rain fell the night before and a cold front pushed in putting the highs in the low 80’s with low humidity. Weather wise it was a perfect night for a concert. The opening act, The Virgins, did a pretty good job. Neither of us were familiar with their work and it wasn’t bad. We spent most of the time walking the venue, getting drinks and talking with fans. I was amazed how many people didn’t bring a lighter with them.
The Killers were supposed to start at 9 according to the cop that almost spit on me. If I did that I would have been arrested, he does it and it’s no big deal. Point is the band was late. They didn’t get on stage till 9:12 and it was on after that. The played for almost two hours and it was a true rock and roll show. There were lasers, smoke, pyrotechnics. During the encore they even launched giant confetti canons that covered the first 30 rows. It was a wall of confetti, I have never seen anything like it before. Promptly at eleven the show ended and it was a killer show. Nancy even commented we need to see more concerts, to which I completely agreed.
Heading home we grabbed a cab at the back of the venue. The guy wanted $20 buck which I knew was high and hoped I had. He never started the meter and as we headed back I realized I only had $17. I knew from the cab rid over it was a $12 fair and he wanted to charge more because it was after 9pm. I called bullshit on it so when he told me I shorted him I reminded him he never started the meter, this was an unregistered fair, and that it was a $12 ride cab with a $5 tip. He didn’t like it but he was going to have to live with it.
For me it was a great ending to a great but long day. The beer from Frisco Taphouse was excellent, The Kills rocked the house and the cabbie provided me some late night entertainment. On to the next concert.
start at 9:12pm
1. Mr. Brightside
4. Smile Like You Mean It
5. This River Is Wild
6. Bling (Confession of a King)
8. Miss Atomic Bomb
11. I Think We’re Alone Now*
12. For Reason Unknown
13. From Here on Out
14. A Dustland Fairytale
15. Read My Mind
17. All These Things That I Have Done
Ends at 10:41pm
Encore starts at 10:45
19. Jenny was a Friend of Mine
20. When We Were Young
Show ends at 10:59pm
* Tiffany cover