Going solo (because of pricey tickets) to see them tonight at the Moody theater. Can you believe it? It's not, in any way, named after them but how could they resist playing there? It's the same venue where the Austin City Limits TV show is taped, and (unlike Tuesday for the taping) there will be seats in the house. I managed to snag a 2nd row seat out of pure luck of the draw.
During my middle-aged crazy phase (have you gone through yours yet?) I was focused on this band to the near-exclusion of all others, and I would travel around a bit and see them maybe 5 times a year. It took me to all sorts of places - some that are nice to visit such as Las Vegas, Cape Cod and Santa Barbara... and some in the other category such as Moline IL, Merrillville IN and Kalamazoo MI (in February! a.k.a the frozen tundra tour). It was proven to me that you can have a good time anywhere if you are with friends and/or kindred spirits. We were like air-conditioned gypsies or Dead-heads with frequent-flyer miles and nice hotel rooms.
All things must pass. I still love the Moodies, but am over them now. Too many others out there to see, especially in this town. In fact, I recoiled at the ticket prices (even though I used to routinely pay much more - back when I had $$$ and obsession) and almost didn't even go to this show... but they are an entity that will not last forever, and I wanted to see them at least one more time. They've still got it.