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Hello NYC!

JUNE 23, 2004

Photo: Krista Wallhagen


Hello Friends,

It's the morning after our Beacon Theater concert and we're still here in Manhattan. We're staying to attend a party at the Hard Rock tonight. Peter Frampton will be there with his band as well as all the people we've been working with on these dates the Hard Rock sponsored the past month and a half. Before the party, some of us are thinking of going to Christie's to see Eric Clapton's guitar auction that so many have been looking forward to. Interest has grown beyond the point of guitarists wanting to own one of Clapton's guitars. They have now taken on the proportions of investment pieces. It should be very interesting to see who the bidders will be. As nice as it would be to see another guitarist continue to let music breathe through Clapton's "Blackie," his prized black Fender Strat, it has already given us all such joy in Clapton's hands that it now deserves the elevated status of a global treasure and should be protected and preserved as such.

How wonderful is it that even in these crazy times of uncertainty, that art still reins supreme in the hearts of men and women?

Last night we were greeted by a Chaplain and his mother and sister who were STYX fans. They were there to enjoy an evening with STYX before he ships out to Iraq. It was clear to all of us the risk this young man is taking, putting himself in harm's way perhaps more than the average person in uniform there in order to provide spiritual support for them. We applaud his courage and conviction and will keep him in our thoughts and prayers.

Our show last night came to be in the ride over to sound check. We just came off a long hard run of shows and it would have been tempting to play our regular set we're doing with Frampton and Nelson. But because we had a longer window of time, we decided to extend it, but in a way that would be fun and fresh for us. Since we had such a good time playing some covers in Dallas, we decided to put Jimi Hendrix's "Manic Depression" and Lennon's "I Am The Walrus" into the set as well as the full version of "Crystal Ball."

When we arrived for sound check we found that several key lighting instruments had gotten roughed up badly in the drive from Pittsburgh and were being repaired by our techs. That and a few other snags had put the crew's load in and set up schedule off considerably, but with the help of the local crew we were making up for it as quickly as possible. We did our rehearsal as our crew continued to catch up, focusing and line checking as we went over the added songs briefly and as we pulled "Crystal Ball" from the medley and replaced it with "Sing For The Day." It was a rather drastic change in the set and the medley in particular, but we were enjoying the challenge. During the show it went so smoothly you'd have thought we spent hours putting it all together when really it was a last minute change, but that's the beauty of this band. We've been playing so much lately we are a well oiled machine, a team that is intuitive enough that we can basically lock wills together to get through whatever comes up.

We were all blown away by JY's performance of "Manic Depression." He was lost in it. Not lost like "Where am I?" More like lost in the joy of it all, riding the wave like he was channeling Hendrix himself. It was a beautiful thing to witness. We went right into "Walrus" and Lawrence picked up where JY left off, carrying the band through the lush landscape of John Lennon's masterpiece. The key to this song is the phat, deep groove and even though we were very excited to be playing it, everyone showed great restraint keeping the tempo right where it belonged, making it unbelievably heavy. The audience was with us all the way and it was as much a treat to see the wave of their excitement growing as it was to be performing it. I have a feeling it wasn't be the last time we'll play these songs...

Well, I could go on, but I think breakfast sounds like a better idea. If I go to the auction, I'll let you know how it went...

Rock on...


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