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Published on Aug 13, 2011
The Shins - Phantom Limb (w/ Pam Berry intro) - San Francisco, Live, Outside Lands Festival Friday 8-12-11, 1st row in HD, at the Polo Fields at Golden Gate Park. The front row crowd was so nice that many of the band's friends actually came down to sit with us on the guard rails. First time I've ever seen that at a concert...
Many of the fans around me jokingly remarked how different the band looks now compared to when they last played ~4 years ago. I believe only James Mercer and Dave Hernandez are the only original members..
The security staff was quite nice, which probably is what kept everybody in a convivial mood. For example, during intermissions, some even handed out free Kind fruit and nut bars to the front row fans, along with various chips, candy and ear plugs. And that's probably why many of the VIP guests of the performing bands felt comfortable enough to come down from the side stage to sit on the steps of the front row barricade. Usually, security doesn't even allow people to place their bags on those steps, let alone have a guest sit there. That and The Shins isn't a really band that you crowd surf to.. :P
Last year, the fog blowing on stage did not need to be artificially generated, but this year it did, even though it was overcast and cold throughout the day in San Francisco. There was also a relatively strong breeze blowing towards the stage, so all the beach balls being bounced around in the crowd kept on getting blown up onto the stage.
There were several fence jumpers that scaled the chain link in the same place where they were successful last year (left of the stage they actually collapsed the fence and it was a mass breakout), but this time, they had security lined along the area to chase them down. Only a few were successful, despite the crowd cheering them on as they ran. :P
Setlist: 1. Caring Is Creepy 2. Australia 3. Mine's Not a High Horse 4. Phantom Limb 5. Saint Simon 6. Girl Sailor 7. Know Your Onion! 8. Sphagnum Esplanade 9. Kissing the Lipless 10. Sea Legs 11. So Says I 12. Fool of a Martyr 13. New Slang 14. Girl Inform Me 15. Sleeping Lessons 16. One by One All Day