Notes from STYX on the Road #44
Last night was our third and final show in Anaheim at the Sun Theater for this tour, this year, this millennium. It was packed to the rafters with STYX fans ready for a big time Saturday night experience. Of course it was our pleasure to help them walk out the door with just that. What a perfect place to see a band like STYX. Good seats from front to back and the sound is nice and open without being too reverb laden.
It was nice to see so many of your faces there, some of them quite familiar and some brand new. A young man in with a banner which read U.S.N.--Come Sail Away! was proudly wearing a STYX bucket hat and having about as good a time as a person can have fully dressed. Cheers to him and all our other proud brothers and sisters in the armed forces. He told me that every time his ship leaves port they play Come Sail Away over the loudspeakers. You gotta love that. Salute!
The night before in Temecula was a wild and woolly one. This audience was so fired up, from note one, that I could tell security was on full alert all during the show. It was another tough one for Jeff, our in-ear monitor mixer, because the audience was so LOUD, it was very difficult to get a good sounding mix in our ears with all the screaming and cheering and singing a long. What a beautiful problems we have...
So, if I haven't lost count, that was show #67 last night. One thing about performing this many shows in such a short time is the amount of concentrated hands-on hours we have had to be players, to carve out the grooves and do the thing that a few fortunate musicians get to do--play the songs until you find other levels in your own instrument as well as the songs themselves. If you are a musician you know what I mean. Everyone has a thing that they enjoy doing and when they get a chance to really get deep into it, they find what seems to be infinite detail which can then be examined. Although we were very well prepared and rehearsed when we hit the road in July, there is no doubt we are a better, more intuitive band now. Is anybody else looking forward to the 2000 tour? Woo-hoo!
Thanks a million Anaheim. See you next year...
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