Early videos here, here (right behind Brian Chippendale), & here (end of 1st piece, beginning of second).
Ol coot Rippy was one of the lucky who got in. Here is his first hand account. (Stay tuned for the eventual DVD):
"simply put - it was amazing. i got there at 230pm sharp and waited 90 minutes before the line even began to move at all. i finally got into the arena at around 430 and made my way straight to the drums. sat directly behind brian chippendale and gang gang was to my right. eventually things started to get crowded and brian disappeared (as did lizzie) but i was still soaking it all in. they started a little after 7 because some dudes were pissing when they were supposed to be getting set up . the philosophy behind the thing (as you have read) is that the circle moves outward from the boredoms and the drummers are supposed to mimic the movements of the one in front of them, ultimately mimicing the boredom dude in the center. like a snake or a snail or something. it was amazing. it started off gentle like waves, but then the main boredoms guy, kotsokuri eye or whatever, held up a trident and everyone went APE on the drums. and he started playing the 7 neck guitar with some poles. it was insane. and insanely loud. about halfway through the whole thing i realized that we were in between the the two bridges (manhattan and brooklyn) and the city was in front, it was beautiful. there were clouds and airplanes and the works. i could see kid millions playing far in the distance, and brian chippendale (who was #77; the last one), but i couldn't see liz and didnt recognize anyone else. chippendale had a crowd dancing behind him, not to mention some gal on stilts gadding about like it was 1922. there were 3 parts and i can't distinguish them. i know the first one had the total freakout, and the 2nd one had this amazing cymbal thrush that went from the center all the way around over and over that sounded like waves (although admittedly he was using a synth up there; the boredoms guy), and the last part had this thing where he was shouting japanese over the tantric rhythm of the drums. all these boats and yachts were going by and ppl on them were completely agog. that was one of the best parts. at the end he started yelling "SAN!" or something and all the drummers were standing up one by one as he shouted. going round and round the cocentric circles. quite the finale, but it was complicated and i was hot and tired and had to piss like a motherfucker so as everyone was applauding at the end i was trying to get the fuck out of there. i only saw jimmy once, but i sat near some hot gals (oh and jeff mangum was right in front of me) which i suppose is worth something. the hot girls part. other than that it's been a chill weekend."
¶ posted by Zazz at 8:18 AM