Decided to start a new thread since we're really stretching the meaning of summer at this point, and also a slight title change to reflect that we've been reflecting in the thread as well. Last night was Jared James Nichols, Saxon and UFO. I don't believe I'd seen Saxon before. They were pretty good, but I was only vaguely familiar w/a couple of their songs. Add in that it was nearly impossible to see the band from where we were, and it meant much less impact. We moved downstairs for UFO - much better vantage point. I'd only seen them once, opening for Cheap Trick in 1981 (maybe 1980), and even then, only saw two or three songs because my friend insisted he knew how to get from the bus stop to the arena - and he was wrong. After traipsing through town for half an hour, I finally got us there, past the heroin dealer and in for the final couple songs. Not last night - saw the whole thing, and I have to say, I thought they were much better than Saxon. Seemed to have more engagement and connection with the crowd. I'd never seen Vinnie Moore before, but he was fun to watch - clearly having a blast. Funniest moment to me was when Phil Moog said before the fourth or fifth song, "This is the title track from the Lights Out album." My immediate response (which I fortunately didn't blurt out) was, "That's not right - that would be 'Lights Out', and they're not going to play that this early." And I was wrong. Jared James Nichols was the opener - if you like your music loud and guitar-heavy, this is a guy to keep your eyes on, kids. Only did about five songs, including a ballsy cover of "Stranglehold", but he was great. Made me want to come home and plug in, but that's not a popular idea at 1 AM (or wise when you have to get up for work the next day). My buddy bought me his CD and got it signed after his set, and I got a chance to chat w/him a little after it was all over. Will definitely be keeping an eye out for him. Also found out last night that Rik Emmett is coming to a very small venue near me in November. Just waiting to hear if my buddy will be in town for that, although I might just buy two tix anyway. Will make a busy November even busier - looking at potentially seven shows in 20 days. Fortunately only one road trip.