Gwen Stefani: A View From The Lawn

I was squeezed onto the grass Friday at the Gwen Stefani concert in Irvine. They (VZW) tell you to bring a lawn chair or blanket and some snacks. They tell you you’ll have fun, even if the performers are the size of ants. What they don’t tell you is that other people don’t like your lawn chairs, don’t care if the blanket is yours and you won’t be sitting on it anyway.

“The Lawn” at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine is a complete and total nightmare. I mean it. Nosebleed seats are one thing, but the gassy area that the venue hugely oversells, is steep, jam-packed and muddy! That’s right, I said “muddy”. Why is it muddy when it didn’t rain? Because drunken teenagers spill so much beer that it whips up the dirt into a frothy stinky shit hole. It was basically a miserable experience for anyone over 30.

There are two types of Gwen Stefani fans: Those who love No Doubt and those who love glam-pop-dance-diva Gwen. This really spans the spectrum of age and income. However, we noticed (and I am not making this up) most of the older folks cleared off The Lawn about an hour into GS’s set – to make room for the screaming, stoned, dancing youth who literally took over the joint.

First Lady Sovereign played (Zzzzzz) and then after a 30-minute intermission Akon came out and made an ass out of himself as usual. He sang some songs for his “Konvicts” (blech) and then he really lost me when he dedicated a song to the soldiers and the war and his “sexy ladies” (yikes). Then he ripped off his shirt and the gays and 14-year-old girls went nuts.

After another 30-minute intermission Gwen finally took the stage. The wind was blowing, the pot smoke was wafting and The Lawn went from civilized blanket seating to full-on mosh pit. She sang Wind It Up and the place came unglued. Lots of costume changes and a special encore with No Doubt brought down the house.

Next, time I’ll skip The Lawn and just watch it on You Tube – I think I am too old for this particular kind of venue.

Video of the No Doubt reunion after the jump…

3 Comments so far

  1. Dave Share (unregistered) on June 25th, 2007 @ 9:16 am

    I saw Dave Matthews there many years ago and was stuck on the lawn. We managed to get right up front but we still couldn’t see anything. I’ve since never wanted to pay for anythings there. I’ll wait til they come to the pond.


  2. brunettelikeme (unregistered) on June 27th, 2007 @ 7:29 pm

    Thanks for the post about Verizon. I just moved back to the OC after 8 years away and I feel like so much has changed. And music venue info is always much appreciated. Cheers!


  3. Jon (unregistered) on June 27th, 2007 @ 10:45 pm

    You’re welcome. I think the biggest issue is they overbook the lawn portion of amphitheater to the point where it can only hold that amount of people in theory – instead of reality.



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