Lama in the Dome
What a treat tonight’s show was. How often do you get a chance to be in the same room as the Dalai Lama, let alone an outstanding line up of international artists. I thought the Dalai Lama’s speech was great. He’s such a personable guy and … if only … more people would aspire to the level of tolerance he displays, this world would be a better place. In a word, I find him “inspirational”. The message was simple, be happy. Be happy and you’ll become healthy. Â Better yourself and you’ll better your community. Be tolerant of others and peace will grow.
I have to admit, I was disappointed in some of the technical aspects of the show. To begin with, the sound in the back of the Carrier Dome left much to be desired. Although, I’ve seen several shows there and I can’t honestly say that any of them (less may Pink Floyd) was worth writing home about. The screens on the sides of the stages should have been raised up another twenty feet and with today’s technology, I expected a much quicker response time when posting the words of the Dalai Lama’s speech. Of course, I had THE WORST seat I’ve had at any show in the Carrier Dome. Shannon and I were literally the last row on the floor away from the stage … and I purchased tickets 15 minutes after they were opened to the public.
The music was great, but with some many different styles of music, it was a difficult to establish the type of rhythm I’ve come to expect from a concert. Joanne Shenandoah was the opener and Whoopi was the emcee. After the Dalai Lama spoke, all of the artists came out for a John Lennon song (on his birthday), followed by a Dave Matthews solo set (“Don’t Drink the Water”, “Mercy”, “Sweet” and a John Denver cover I’d never heard). Other highlights for me were the David Crosby set and Philip Phillips, although I can’t see that there wasn’t a band I didn’t like. Unfortunately, the only band I didn’t catch was the Counting Crows, but …
Overall, I’m glad that I went and I love that Syracuse University brought an event like this to the area. I hope its a sign of events to come.