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 !!!
theothertull: WNY mental health guru: The power of song brings clarity, eases pandemic stress
Apr 1, 2021 13:08:21 GMT
steelmonkey: Music IS the best medicine...and Tull the best of the best. If Tull lyrics were studied like religious texts and Tull songs picked as national anthems, I would at least believe I had been sent to the right planet.
Apr 2, 2021 17:37:59 GMT
steelmonkey: Mexico bound in a couple days. Flying to La Paz ( in Baja, not Bolivia) for sole purpose of hitchhiking 1200 miles back north to land border and hopefully not get trapped and unable to catch planned flight back from San Diego.
Apr 5, 2021 1:14:18 GMT
tetval36: Yeah i know Tulls stuff inside out and know its definitely NOT Tull as i said.Maybe PFM or some other Italian Prog band?
Apr 8, 2021 13:08:10 GMT
steelmonkey: Back from sunny Mexico. Sanity oasis was nice...return to work and baseline California hysteria less so. Covid response without media shark-a-nado clickbait and politicians who are either deniers or saviors was an eye opening perspective.
Apr 16, 2021 0:40:14 GMT
nrg: Just got the A box. "A"mazing! The Steven Wilson mix is incredible. Enjoyed the Slipstream video as well. I just wish they offered the entire show on video.
Apr 17, 2021 19:34:34 GMT
botanicman: Hey folks- Am I the only one among us that likes the extended version of "Orion"?
Apr 28, 2021 13:46:36 GMT
steelmonkey: I love long Orion !
May 1, 2021 15:53:46 GMT
rredmond: Orion is good stuff.
May 6, 2021 13:53:56 GMT
jackinthegreen: I'm having a memory blank......has Benefit had the book version done yet?
May 6, 2021 23:50:23 GMT
Catqualung: jackinthegreen, as far as I know the book box set of Benefit is still due to be realized, but it has not appeared yet, as well that of Broadsword and the Beast, they should be the next in the row
May 8, 2021 7:36:47 GMT
jackinthegreen: Thanks Catqualung, yes, I'm sure that's the case, it will be out this year I would think
May 8, 2021 8:48:53 GMT
theothertull: Didn't know if I should laugh or cry, pathetic or what, "I played with Paul McCartney; well like a demo, no one has ever heard it, but it's big Japan. Can't remember if Paul was in the studio at the time of the demo, but ya mate, John, Paul, Ringo and I."
May 8, 2021 14:58:23 GMT
distantre: Hello Everyone and Happy Spring if it has reached where you live yet.
May 11, 2021 16:53:18 GMT
steelmonkey: Spring has sprung in California...or, at least, here in the land of two seasons, 'not rainy season' has begun.
May 15, 2021 20:48:54 GMT
steelmonkey: 'Walk Into Light' cued up as my headphone delivered soundtrack for bike ride home on empty streets at 3:00AM after 10 hour shift ends in 5 more hours.. True reward.
May 17, 2021 4:30:04 GMT