Just got back from a concert at Hyde Park, and I cannot explain how great it was. I’ve never been to a concert even close to what this one was, and I really doubt I will ever see anything like it again. The show featured Mason Jennings opening (who I just saw in Denver a month ago), G Love, Ben Harper, and Jack Johnson. A couple surprises came in also.
The concert opened with Mason at about 4 p.m. Calvin and I headed over and got there around 2:45 p.m. to get a decent spot. We ended up being about 50 feet in front of the stage. There were about 30,000 people there total, so there were probably 25,000 people behind us. The whole place was absolutely packed with standing room only. Mason only played about 30 minutes, but he played many of the same songs I had heard in Denver. He just plays and never really takes breaks in between, so he got through probably 10 songs. That was worth it in itself. Next, G Love came on. I don’t like him as much as the others, so it was ok just listening to him. He played for about 45 minutes to an hour. Next up was Ben Harper. He played for about an hour and a half. I had always heard how good he was at performing live and that definitely held true. Just Ben and Mason together was worth the price of admission.
Next up was Jack Johnson, the headliner. I had always wanted to see him in concert but he hadn’t toured the US in 3 years or so. My iTunes top 25 played songs feature probably around 15 Jack Johnson songs, so I do listen to him quite a bit. It was better than I ever thought it would be. Seeing Merlo on bass and Zach Gille on piano was even better in person. After this, I didn’t think it could get even better. I was wrong. A bit later, Jack says into the mic, “We have a few special guests for these next couple, Mason Jennings and Matt Costa.” Matt Costa was never mentioned to be there, so I was psyched to see him. Jack, Mason, and Matt all lined up with acoustic guitars and played Jack Johnson’s “Fall Line”, then right into Matt Costa’s “Sunshine”, then right into Mason Jennings’ “I Love You and Buddha too.” It was the coolest segment of any concert I’ve ever seen.
Jack then played a few more songs himself, then invited G Love to come onto stage for a few songs. G Love left, then Jack played some more by himself. The encore then came. Jack played a couple of his own songs by himself, then announced he had another friend in town he was going to invite out. It just happened to be Jimmy Buffett with G Love. All three of them together played “A Pirate Looks at Forty.” Who would’ve guessed that I would see Jimmy Buffett tonight too.
Jack played a few more songs, then invited Ben Harper out. I thought this would happen for sure since Jack and Ben have played together at many shows before, but that was back when Jack was opening for Ben I believe. They played a Ben Harper’s “High Tide Low Tide” and then ended with Jack Johnson’s “Flake.” It was now over at 10:15 p.m. 7 hours and 15 minutes after the start, it was finally over. I literally stood in the same place for almost 8 hours, and I still didn’t want to move. Like I said, I’m not sure if any concert could ever top this one.
Last night, 5 of us headed over to Trafalgar Square cause we found online that it was a Canada Day celebration there. The whole square was crowded with Canadians and others that were just there to have some fun. They had bands and food there, and we all had a good time. The night ended with the crowd singing “Oh Canada”.
The night before that, I headed to the north side of Regent’s Park after work because my coworker had told me about Primrose Hill, a place with some nice views of the city. I took supper up there with me and just sat there and people watched and took advantage of the nice day. Got a few nice pictures too. After this I walked all the way through Regent’s Park and explored the parts that I had not been to yet. Nice relaxing evening.
Work has been going fine. Finally got done with the project calling about the biotech company today, so hopefully some new projects will come up.
Here are some pictures:
Mason, Matt, and Jack
G Love, Jimmy Buffett, and Jack Johnson:
Ben Harper and Jack Johnson:
Sunset at Regent’s Park: