One more for the road... Hi, Tommy here...The Los Angeles segment of the tour is behind us now. None would argue that it was greatest visit imaginable. From two incredible nights at The Greek Theater and last night at Blockbuster Pavilion, just when we thought it could not get any better, something would come up and that expression of "WOW" could be seen all around the shop. Night two at The Greek turned out to be the big night for guests of the band, and the party afterward yielded as many smiling faces as the show out on stage. Legendary hoofer, Anne Miller was there as our guest with Anne Rutherford (Gone With The Wind), whom we had met in NYC in July. Angie Dickinson, Alan Parsons, Gunnar and Matthew Nelson, Jeff and Kerri Conaway, Gary Wright, Jerry Goodman, Kelsey Grammer, songwriters Alan Rich, Eddie Wohlford, Steven McClintock, and Mark Mason all graced the scene out on the patio at the COOLEST place in LA to play. After those festivities, Ron Berkel invited the band and management out to the Harold Lloyd estate in Benedict Canyon. The 13 acre estate was built by the silent movie legend in 1927 and he lived there until he died in the 70's. The band got to tour the 45,000 sq. foot home and the beautifully landscaped gardens, complete with miniature children's brick house with thatched roof and adjacent carousel. Dennis Arfa, STYX's booking agent just kept shaking his head in amazement. I am not sure what happened, but during the course of these three shows, the band moved up another notch in the groove scale. It is funny, but even now, this is a band that has still not reached its full potential. For instance, Todd, on "Come Sail Away" seemed almost possessed as he thundered away. Dennis and I both looked at each other and then back at Todd. And this is a band that fuels itself. No way one guy is gonna have an exceptional night without at least one of us cruising in his draft, looking for an opportunity to pass him on the next turn. It has always been that way and is one of the things that makes us who we are... Now on to Phoenix, where tonight we are expecting well over 10,000 fans and in addition, Bob Meehan has almost 500 teenagers from Pathway, the teen recovery group located there. It looks like yet ANOTHER unforgettable evening. This tour has had SO many of those it would blow your mind. It is a wonder it hasn't gone to our heads. Well...
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