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We've played the Lithia Motrors Amphitheater several times in the last few years, and it's always been a great experience for us. It's an interesting venue as part of a fairground, and has a cool lake on property. Tonight was easily as good as any other we've played here, and was one of the best shows of our entire year. It would be my honor to share with you some of the sights, the sounds, and, yes, even the smells, of this amazing day in the life of Third Day.
I'm sure a bunch of cool stuff went down this morning. Ask Tai about that one. As for me, I stayed up kind of late last night having a "listening party" on the bus. We do those from time to time, where we go around and give everybody a chance to play a song off their iPhone, based on a given theme. Last night we did 1970's, then cover songs, then favorite vocalists. We ended up listening to everything from Tears for Fears to Johnny Cash. It was great fun. But I ended up sleeping in as a result. Oh well…
We split up this afternoon. Mac went to lunch with friends, while Tai and David hung out at the venue and got some work done. I think David and some of Colton's band fished in the aforementioned lake. I went with Colton, Scotty, and Brian Bunn to the movies. We saw Grownups 2. It was stupid, but I laughed a lot. Mission accomplished.
The show tonight was spectacular. We brought Peter onstage again, and did 3 songs like we did in Sacramento. We felt a lot more comfortable with the songs, and were able to put our own personal spin on all the parts. It's such a blast performing with Peter. He's a great frontman and brings so much energy to the stage. We also brought Colton out on God of Wonders, which is always a hit. It had been a hot day, but it cooled off by showtime, and ended up being a beautiful night. Combine that with the beautiful people of Oregon, and it was another great night for a concert.
I said I'd mention the smells. Being close to a fairground with cattle and whatnot, there was a distinct, um, manure smell wafting across the stage thoughout the show. It's quite pungent. Stings the nostrils. I'll leave it at that.
Well, this was the last night of our short summer tour with Colton and Peter. After the show, that bittersweet feeling kicked in - it's exciting knowing that we're heading home to our families, but it's hard saying goodbye to friends. Thanks to everyone who came out to all the shows on this run. Hopefully we'll be able to do this again next year!
Well, we're off for a couple weeks before we transition into our late summer/early fall schedule. We'll catch you on the flip side...