I know, I know, I know, every time I see Hank 3, I say it’s the best show I’ve ever seen. This was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. My cheeks are sore from smiling so much! Metal Wreckage put on a fantastic show. They checked us all in on the line that went around the corner and up the block to save time. I love that! Even with the long line, the crowd was much smaller than what I’m used to (though nothing has compared to the gazillions of people we saw at the Atlanta 2011 show). I don’t know if it was St. Patrick’s Day or what, but the usual crowd I see at III shows just wasn’t there, except for Carol (yea Carol! you rock!). I also heard that since it’s a metal-sponsored show, he wouldn’t be doing any country and I think that may have kept people away. Whatevs. There was a private show last year that I found out about the day after it happened and I remember how crushed I was to have missed it. I’m not as in love with his ADD & Cattle Callin’ as his country, but I think he’s such a fine musician that if he’s going to perform near me, I will see it.
He started out with songs from his album, “Straight to Hell” which took a while to grow on me after seeing the energy of those songs live so many times. Once it got me, I fell 110%. Disc 2 is pure brilliance. Once of my wishes in life is to have him play a private show of disc 2 for me and my friends. Then he got harder with some vintage Assjack and played “Hang On” from “This Ain’t Country”. And that’s when it happened. One of the things I like most about a Hank 3 show is he makes an effort to make eye contact with everyone up front at least once. This show he was eye contacting me constantly. It was the greatest thing ever! Maybe I was a familiar face, or maybe it’s all in my head, but I don’t care, it was great! When he was in ADD mode with his hair all in his face, I whooped after a song and I swear he smiled. It’s just so cool to let him know how much I appreciate him and what an effect he’s had on me.