Thanks, everyone for your perspective, and especially the reports of how the shows are. I imagine seeing a NYC show might contain one of the best possible chances for actual enthusiasm, maybe outside of the UK, where, it's my impression John is especially popular. Actually, I had a friend who went to the show I missed in my city and she said at first she was TERRIFIED of John Maus and his performance (LOL) and didn't really know how to react or interpret what she was seeing. She wasn't really that familiar with his music, but then after awhile, she said she sort of, as she put it, "just GOT it," and got REALLY into his performance and is now a giant fan.
The city I live in is sort of stodgy and reserved, or maybe everyone's just sorta shy. I think the reaction to John's performance here was a good one, or so I had read, but I hope he doesn't interpret people's lack of reaction to any sort of inability of his to communicate. I think it can be hard to rile up a crowd who may be more reserved, or more hesitant or whatever to shed that veil of self-conscious self-monitoring. In NYC, I feel like people maybe let themselves feel/react more boisteriously, perhaps? I dunno. I'm fucking going. If any of you end up going, too, lemme know!