6 October 2007
Grande Exposition Hall
Cost: $35, $45 and $55
ON THE GO - We left beautiful San Francisco and headed toward Reno NV.
The show was a 8pm. We left the City at 12 noon. Plenty of time to do the 4hr drive - right?
I wanted a little wiggle room. GOGO shows are always prompt and I knew tonight would be no exception.
Our first hurdle was just getting out of town. It was Fleet Week and Columbus Day weekend and there was tons of traffic in and out of the city.
On the way to Reno we stopped in the historic town of Truckee where there happened to be a town wine tasting social thing going on along Main Street. (I didn’t mind any of this, as long as we got to Reno by 6 pm).
We arrived in Reno at 6pm. Show time was at 8pm. Surely that would be plenty of time for us to check in, change and get a quick bite to eat? Silly me. We had suddenly entered the twilight zone where time s l o w s d o w n... and everyone walked around in cowboy hats and boots.
Our room wreaked of smoke. We didn’t want a smoke-permitted room. However we were told repeatedly there were no other rooms available. The hotel was completely booked. Was everyone there to see the GOGO’s? I think there was also an NRA and Cattleman Conference going on.
They would give us fresh linens. They would try to filter the stink out the room. At the end of the day… it still stank. But it was the only room they had. Did we want it or not?
It must have taken us 1 ½ hours to get a quick bite at the 24-hour hotel diner. For awhile I thought we made a huge tactical error. It was 7:00pm. Our waitress looked dazed and confused when we ordered hamburgers and fries. jeez.....
After we payed the bill, we raced to find the auditorium. Where could it be? It was suppose to be in the hotel. There were no signs anywhere to point us in the right direction. No directory, no clocks and no way out! Just lots of slots and cowboys and smoke filled rooms. We finally had to ask a hotel employee. Wouldn’t you know it? There was another level down that we hadn’t even discovered. He lead us to the hidden escalator we hadn’t discovered either. Gamblers shouldn’t have to be distracted by any of this.
my ticket stub
The auditorium was pretty big. It looked like a big conference room with conference chairs all in a row. The floor was level and wide - too wide. It had those big TV screens on the side walls to help those unfortunate to have seats on the side. We were on the side. I didn’t like this. I didn’t want to be on the sideline having to turn my neck to see the stage. And… I didn’t want to look at a GOGO concert on a damn TV screen! This is all wrong! So - as soon as the lights went down, we move up to some empty front and center seats I had notice before. Now… this was much better. Now were talking. Now I can enjoy the show!
FOR STARTERS - No start-up band. YEAH! Way to go... GOGOS!
THE WAY IT GOES - The venue was called the Grande Exposition Hall. It was packed.
Lots of cool lighting that wasn't at the other shows. However- it was pretty similar to the previous shows I had been to. But that’s just the way I like it… Pure and simple. No surprises.
I noticed the audience was a typical casino mix of adorning fans and blue hair gamblers taking a time-out from the exhausting sport of slots. Things were pretty calm until Gina, the drummer, came forward and told everyone who wanted to get off their butts and dance. Way to go Gina!
Suddenly, people moved to the front and filled the aisles. Suddenly the crowd was a lot more animated. The girls then responded in kind. It turned out to be a great show. Yeah!
Jane had fun and encouraged 'audience participation' during We Got the Beat.
WORTH NOTING - They dropped La La Land and added Get Up and Go. Good move.
Kathy asked the audiance, Isn't it nice to see women on stage who aren't taking their clothes off?
-Check out a cool review of the show at: www.reno.com
Amelia Calvert, Reno.com
HIGH NOTES - After the show I made one final effort to get a set list or other souvenir. I went up to the front of the stage and joined a few other hangers-on. A little girl next to me had got Gina’s drum sticks. #@%*#@! Roadies handed out the few remaining 'set list' and guitar picks. I didn’t get anything. My husband stood back a little. I told him we should hang around for a minute or so and maybe they’d come out. He told me that this place probably had a back door stage exit. Yeah yeah, but you never know.
I watched the roadies break down the set. By now they are familiar faces. I stood there in front of the stage watching. Finally one handed me a set list he just pulled off the floor. YES! thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou!
I finally got the much desired official set list!
I was about to leave when I noticed Gina standing over by the left side of the stage. She was chatting with a roadie breaking down her drums. Of course I immediately went over to her and asked her if she would mind signing my newly acquired set list. She looked at me and asked, Honey…What’s your name? I told her. She autographed it personally! How cool is that?!
My autographed play listBack at the Reno airport a noticed a man taking down the GOGO advert for last night's show. I couldn't let this go to waste. Would they mind if I had it? - thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou! Another great souvenir! But it's huge! Now - what room to hang it in?
LOW NOTES - No camera, no photographs.
All this reporting 'on-the-go' is very hard work.