Just so I can focus my thoughts, here is a special thread... I've decided what music to play on my trip to Atlanta and back... 1- This Was, 2- Benefit, 3- Minstrel In The Gallery, 4- Stormwatch, 5- Broadsword and The Beast, 6- Rock Island, 7- Catfish Rising, 8- Secret Language of Birds, 9- Nightcap, 10- Homo Erraticus
181 miles = 291 Kilometers to JETHRO TULL The Story Part 1 I've been around long enough to see many things but Saturday night was like no other in my life. Being born in Atlanta years ago my destiny allowed me only a few other visits before this past weekend. The TULL Mobile 2016... Official Vehicle of The Fox Theatre I arrived early after the 3 hour + drive cruising on great TULL classics all the way to Atlanta. It was a wonderful ride listening to all the great musicians since 1968 till 1979 on the cds I loaded.
Once I arrived it was time to park the TULL Mobile in a spot within 1/2 block from the Fox Theatre As I walked around I knew that Teacher (Metta) and her cousin would soon be there. They were! It was so cool to see them after 2 years earlier when they were at the Homo Erraticus show in Charlotte.
My Tull Buddy Tim lived about 30 minutes away and would be there later off the Marta subway connection. What happened next was hard to imagine...
After eating lunch with Mike Downs and Emanuele Giovagnoli a terrible accident occurred across the street. Metta's cousin tripped near the corner of their hotel and was seriously hurt. She had to be rushed to the hospital! It wasn't till 6:30 before Metta was able to return to the theatre. April could not be there.
My friend Tim and I were sitting on 4th row center while they would have been front row in front of Florian. Metta was sitting next to where her cousin would have been, so my friend Tim watched the first set with her.
As I sat watching the intro I believed this might be my last chance to see a band I've loved since 1973. The amazing video with now familiar dialogue was a cross between World News, Climate Change, and food shortages! Once the band began to play a thunderous applause shook the theatre as "Heavy Horses" began to rumble. Next came "Wind Up" and then "Aqualung" which brought a standing ovation by the totally rocked theatre. Although there were some empty seats in the upper balcony, this theatre was over 90 % full.
The rest of the set was just as smooth and polished with great vocals by everyone including Ian Anderson. I was getting a few pics as well although they may have come from 'Indeterminate Origin'... My personal Favorite was "Fruits of Frankenfield" which had incredible visuals with Boris Karloff. As the set ended I could definitely use a drink which happened to be the house wine of Chardonnay... This was a selection by Metta whom felt so torn by the earlier accident... We toasted to April
181 miles = 291 Kilometers to JETHRO TULL The Story Part 2 Intermission... After the first set I was going to switch seats with Tim and join Metta on Front Row.
The fact that this was possible because of April's accidental fall made me feel very undeserving. Metta would be alone otherwise and this was a night like no other. The lights began to dim... The wonderful and talented Unnur Birna Björnsdóttir made the whole show a great success in my opinion. Her performance on screen was full of magic which leads me to wonder if there could be a LIVE appearance someday. Ian wrote songs that were not designed for his vocal range or Ryan O'Donnell. Her violin was also a plus.
After "The World Feeds Me" it was time to turn up the guitar and watch Florian do his magic as well on 'LITP'. Florian realized I was now sitting directly in front of him and he gave me that look... As he grinned onstage I became aware that he was doing something different... He was jammin' for me! Metta laughed and we both got totally blown away as he kept doing his best to play just for us. I'm not sure how it happened but everytime he crossed the stage he had his eyes right where we were.
I could not help but grin from ear to ear and held my 'Heavy Metal' symbol up in the air! Just like Dio. The next song was "The Witch's Promise" and I became totally in love with Unnur Birna again. I could watch the virtual Unnur Birna spinning on the screen like a TULL Tornado... Priceless.
Each tune got better and better with Ian and Flo working the crowd as the band went into HIGH GEAR. I think the Chardonnay put me right where I needed to be and Metta was having a blast too. The audience got what it wanted with "Weathercock" and I got mine with "Stick, Twist, Bust" There's something very special about that tune... Shades of the Turnpike Inn?
Maybe I was dreaming but it seemed like Florian was playing just for us... WOW ! Totally entertaining the Rock Opera (Story) became a trip through time and space for everyone. "Locomotive Breath" brought everyone to their feet for the end of the show was near. "Requiem and Fugue" seemed an odd way to end the show but the medley worked very well with "Bouree".
If this ever gets made as a LIVE DVD I'll be first in line to buy it and re-live my special night.
After all the pain April had to endure she will be getting a copy from me and BIG TULL HUG... It was unlike any TULL show I've been to before and I recommend this to all serious TULL Fans.
Forgot to mention... Security came to me and said if I took any more pics they would ask me to leave. Right before the band came out for introductions and a final bow. I told him "I promise it will never happen again...Sir" TULL LINK
it's been 1 year and one day since my last IA/jethro tull concert. may very well have been my last unless they perform in NW Arkansas/west Oklahoma. last june I drove to Durant OK to a show at the Choctaw hotel casino. the show was very familiar as they tend to be in the past few years. the problem is I cannot drive for more than about 45 mins without severe pain. recently got a brace for my back and it's helpful but driving 7-9 hours withen 24 hours to see a show is getting to be too much.....too old to rock and roll...really have many great memories of many Tull shows since 1974...suppose I'll invest my life in the "memory bank"..."we'll be undressed, and we thank you"
it's been 1 year and one day since my last IA/jethro tull concert. may very well have been my last unless they perform in NW Arkansas/west Oklahoma. last june I drove to Durant OK to a show at the Choctaw hotel casino. the show was very familiar as they tend to be in the past few years. the problem is I cannot drive for more than about 45 mins without severe pain. recently got a brace for my back and it's helpful but driving 7-9 hours within 24 hours to see a show is getting to be too much.....too old to rock and roll...really have many great memories of many Tull shows since 1974...suppose I'll invest my life in the "memory bank"... "we'll be undressed, and we thank you"
Living with back pain is a rough way to live. I work with someone whom is younger but needs therapy and treatment or surgery with no guarantee. He decided to try everything but surgery so far. I hope there may be a place closer to you in the future.