Notes from STYX on the Road #27
In 1997, STYX played Konocti. We arrived that day just in time to play the show, and as quickly as we could get dried off, the band hopped into the cars and drove away. This, plus of course the amazing amphitheater filled with enthusiastic fans, was my memory of Konocti.
This time around, all passengers on the "Baby Bus" spent the day and night of the show in the luxury suites provided by the resort. At our disposal were power boats, wave runners, water skis, tubes, and all the other water amenities. The resort is tailor-made for our fans. The restaurant is aptly named "The Classic Rock Diner" and is filled with rock memorabilia and the dishes are all named after classic rock songs. Cool vibe there for sure. The lake was so large Jeanne and I were convinced we had seen the whole thing after a the two of us took a three-hour tour (a three-hour tour...) around the perimeter just after arriving and checking in. We realized this morning, when we went out again, that we had only seen the SMALL end of the lake. It is enormous! One thing that still amazes me about California is the richness of natural wonders such as Konocti. Most states would have a lake like this as their representative image on all travel brochures. Yet in my 7th year as a resident, I am still finding places like this that I had never even hear of before.
The Concert? Oh yes! There was a concert all right. We opted to go on first and performed with Konocti Harbor spreading out behind us as the ultimate backdrop. It was fun as always performing to our hard core fans, but just as much fun seeing those who had come primarily to see SKYNYRD soften up and become new STYX fans. By the end of our show it was a real love fest, and folks lined up at the edge of the stage to high five us and shake hands and tell, us one on one, just how much they enjoyed it.
Michael Cartelone came by earlier to get Jeanne to cut his hair and we went over to the show together. Michael was standing next to our monitor mixer for most of the show and we had some good laughs between songs. Once the stage had been reset for SKYNYRD, the theme song began to play and the lights went down. Next thing we knew, SKYNYRD, with Michael on drums, took the stage and ripped into "What's Your Name." The place was up for grabs. Jeanne and I stood on the opposite side from where Michael had stood and watched them play their show. What an amazing 24 hours at Konocti Harbor. If you have never experienced this kick-ass resort, put it on your list. It is good for what ails you.
If you missed this show or the one in Antelope Valley, you missed your opportunity to see STYX and SKYNYRD on the same bill. Look for them this fall on tour with ZZ Top. THAT will be one heck of a night of music. But for STYX, The Summer of Love is still here, alive and kicking.
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