Part 1 A Moment of Madness @ The Grey Eagle March 24th 2017 JETHRO TULL's Martin Barre Band It's been a fun week in my life which was like reaching the top of of TULL Mountain once again! I've had a birthday and also a Martin Barre performance I'll never forget. Things just happen when you get older. I drove 55 minutes to reach the Grey Eagle in Asheville, North Carolina on a perfect Friday afternoon. The show would begin at 8:00 but I arrived just in time @ 6:15 pm to get the last parking space near the venue. When I walked in the first person I saw was Julie Barre and her nephew Ryan setting up the merchandise! I told her who I was and explained why I was there to represent the Jethro Tull Forum at this event. It always helps to mention Sir Remy as a very cool friend as well and she had a big grin when I said that. All in all it was still a little early and the venue was not quite open for guests till 7:00 pm. I walked around and bumped into Alan Thomson with Dan Crisp who now has a special gift on his amp from me. Before the show I even spoke with Jonathan Joseph and told him my life story as a TULL Fan. He was a very friendly guy to be part of this amazing group if only until Jeff Beck says so. Once my son and friends arrived it was almost time for the show to begin...
Part 2 A Moment of Madness @ The Grey Eagle Before the show I looked closely at the stage and all the equipment ... especially the drums! I dream about traveling around the world and setting up lights or anything the band needs to rock. This image has something called 'Orbs' or circles which a digital camera can detect... 'Spirits' ? Regardless of supernatural attendance, the crowd was not as large as I had expected. Somewhere around 200. The venue may have decided that a crowd this size would be willing to stand instead of sit... We did. This meant most of the people my age or older were in for something we haven't done in years... S.R.O. Fortunately I had a fresh cup of blonde ale and plenty of room to take many pictures which I came to do. The first set began, I was banging my head like I used to do back in the 70's because Martin Barre was KICKIN' ASS! The front speakers were just to my left and man was it LOUD! As they played I moved a little closer to the center. When I took pics I carefully sat my beer on the floor making sure no one would spill it... Fortunately they didn't. If you get to see them perform they will surprise you with the pure emotion and style which Martin has created. Many of the covers like the Beatles tunes have their own feel which makes this more fun than ever! "SeaLion" which made me ROCK like I did back in 1975 when I was standing @ Greensboro Coliseum! They delivered and finished the set with "Thick As A Brick" so things were going very well indeed...
Part 3 A Moment of Madness @ The Grey Eagle INTERMISSION>>> I really felt good after an excellent first set and I had to speak with several of my friends who agreed. Checking out front I made sure all my Martin Memorabilia was ready for signing. Also I got 2 DVDS. The time came for me to reload my beer with a Founder's Porter Draught and man was it good... Once the lights came on again the crowd was getting closer to the stage and each tune was perfect! I felt the energy level increase all through the night and especially during "Moment of Madness". It may have been the beer or something else but the TULL Chills were in full force after that! As I moved around it got closer to the end and "A New Day Yesterday" was the last of this set. The crowd was getting LOUDER and LOUDER as the band left the stage... HELL YES WE WANT MORE !!! The TULL Train was cranked up and here comes Martin Barre's "LOCO" down the tracks. I felt so good as the show came to a very LOUD and ROCKIN' conclusion! Martin, Alan, Dan and JJ came out after things were winding down. They signed many autographs that night. My Favorite was when I asked Julie and Martin to dedicate one to Sir Remy of The Tullianos... They did! I also had the pleasure of someone taking our picture earlier in the evening. I wandered towards my car and the guys were giving me hugs and hand shakes for staying so late. Then Martin himself gave me one last moment in front of The TULL Mobile!!! It was almost midnight and I had a long drive home but the road was easier with "Back To Steel"
I want to go to Ian or Martin concert with you...And if I ever do, I'll take notes.
Thanks Bernie and thank you all for your kind words. All the years I've been following the coolest music in my life, it just feels better each time. When I first met Martin in August 1993, I thought he was a GOD I was RIGHT !!!
steelmonkey: Thank You for interview and interview sharing. Very Cool.
Apr 21, 2020 2:31:28 GMT
futureshock: Hello again! I hope everyone is staying healthy and applying their newfound isolation-affected times and circumstances to beneficial activities so that years from now we can all tell younger generations how we survived this ordeal smartly as best possible!
May 6, 2020 20:01:02 GMT
nonrabbit: Hello Futureshock! Great to hear from you. Hope you're staying healthy too....a metre apart from any other human (animal?) that tries to cross you path. I'm a librarian in a public library and we've asking people to make a diary of their experiences.....
May 8, 2020 19:20:30 GMT
nonrabbit: in lockdown so that the next generation/s will get detailed answers when they say " What did you do in the Covid lockdown Granda/ Granny"...."Well Sonny, I bought a hell of a lot of toilet paper" Stay safe Futureshock and see you here soon!!
May 8, 2020 19:23:09 GMT
botanicman: IA did an interview with Dan Rather where he revealed publicly that he has COPD.
May 12, 2020 20:39:28 GMT
chester: Do any of you [my fellow JT Forum members] miss watching live sporting events on TV, because of the virus, as much as I do?
May 14, 2020 19:49:33 GMT
steelmonkey: I miss reading about the Golden State Warriors and St Pauli in the second Bundesliga. I keep an eye on the baseball 'A's and the Brazil team, Botoafogo. My EPL Team is Tot Spurs and I take the time to hate two teams :HSV in Germany and Man United.
May 14, 2020 20:44:37 GMT
maddogfagin: Miss the sport on tv especially the football and now that summer is upon us the cricket. I fear that things will take a year or two to get back to how it was before all this shenanigans.
May 15, 2020 6:04:06 GMT
steelmonkey: I miss some watching and reading about sports but not enough to suddenly get interested in the Belarus Football League or Taiwanese baseball. Fans are going pretty far for a fix.
May 16, 2020 20:03:25 GMT
chester: I don't watch very much BUNDESLIGA, but it has returned after two months, with NO FANS allowed in the stadiums. I am starting to follow UFC mixed martial arts, which has returned as well.
May 17, 2020 1:02:36 GMT
tullmatrix: Is there some way to still get the Passion Play complete midi? I pasted the link into my browser and got a message that i was forbidden.
May 17, 2020 23:23:50 GMT
botanicman: Chester, The Plague has made me realize how little I actually do care about sports. I might not spend the time to watch when they do return!
May 19, 2020 11:48:30 GMT
pbinlostangeles: For us in So Cal, first time since 1974 no Long Beach Grand Prix and - apparently - no Indy 500. At least not on Memorial Day. Hopefully, they'll get this virus crud figured out before the start of MotoGP season
May 19, 2020 20:15:30 GMT
chester: NASCAR has restarted it's 2020 season but, like German soccer, to empty grandstands. I think catching a virus is low on the list of dangers that can befall a racing car driver.
May 20, 2020 0:18:21 GMT
chester: I know that I am late to the idea, but I have started wearing a mask while out in public. My Canadian officials have changed their stance from: not recommended to mildly suggested to strongly advised.
May 22, 2020 9:42:52 GMT
steelmonkey: Not only am I doing a zoom meeting in nice shirt and boxer shorts...I am ignoring boss and reading Tull news.
May 27, 2020 21:58:08 GMT