Understand your point of view Melvyn, but we were at pains to stand as close to the apron of the stage as possible and not block people's views if we could help it. By the end, everyone was standing, like a proper concert.Melvyn wrote:Cyril wrote: which involved ending up in front of the stage for the second half: which was much better -- we could see every detail of Leonard's natty scarf, and now we really felt we were there, until the friendly security staff job's worths took an interest and started hassling everyone back, and soon we were back in our seats in the next county for a spell, until the encores, when we rushed forward (as many seemed to be leaving?!?) ... and there we were at the end, soaked through, but a mere few feet away from the ensemble, yelling along, and having the best time: suddenly it was like a real concert, and made it all worth it.
Well I just hope no-one tries that at Liverpool. I booked early (thanks to this site), have got good seats & certainly do NOT want others coming in from elsewhere & blocking my view. I agree with Mabeanie who complainedMabeanie1 wrote:we did have a continuous succession of people who seemed to think it was their God given right to come and stand in front of us then have an argument with the stewards about their rights. The stewards won every argument right up to the encores when they finally gave in to the wave of humanity which headed their way but it was all very distracting to say the least.
It seems that most people enjoyed the concert but the rain was exactly the reason I preferred to travel 200 miles to Liverpool rather than the 2 or so to Weybridge.
Cyril wrote:So Mrs Cyril suggested a walk, which involved ending up in front of the stage for the second half: which was much better -- we could see every detail of Leonard's natty scarf, and now we really felt we were there, until the friendly security staff job's worths took an interest and started hassling everyone back, and soon we were back in our seats in the next county for a spell, until the encores, when we rushed forward (as many seemed to be leaving?!?) ... and there we were at the end, soaked through, but a mere few feet away from the ensemble, yelling along, and having the best time: suddenly it was like a real concert, and made it all worth it.
Cyril wrote: By the end, everyone was standing, like a proper concert.
By the end, everyone was standing, like a proper concert.
Mike’s Blog- June 12- London, England
Hey all! I left off the last blog on my way to the gig in “Sintra” in Portugal. Sintra is indeed a beautiful place and the gig was in a really nice theater called the “Centro Cultural Olga Cadaval.” However, there were a few problems with the production. The first red flag was when the promoter’s assistant brought us to the wrong hotel!….luckily the right one was close enough. The next red flag was that the scheduling called for us to be at the venue for a 3:00PM soundcheck for a 10:45PM show! Since the gig was a 45 minutes away from the hotel, it wasn’t deemed practical to go back and forth to the hotel…so we hung out for nearly 6 hours between soundcheck and the gig. So we did a little walking tour of historical Sintra and that was was really lovely…Moorish influenced architecture, castles and palaces. the next hurdle was when it was realized that instead of the 4X10 cabinet that I always use, I got an Ampeg 1X15 cab. It totally wasn’t my sound but they did rectify the situation by having a 4X10 delivered. The gig went on as scheduled at 10:45 and all went very well. The audience loved it and we left Sintra at just before 1AM. We got back to the hotel at 1:30AM and because we needed to catch an 8:15AM flight to London we all had to be up and in the lobby by 5:45AM….so we all got about 3 hours of sleep. The reason that we needed to get to England was because of the special guest appearance by Suzanne opening for Leonard Cohen on her birthday! So we made it to London and because the show was a 6:30PM we had to go directly to the gig for a 3:30 soundcheck. We were all excited about the gig but…of course this being England- it was raining…and we were playing outdoors for 15,000 people! Even though the stage was covered the rain was one of those English/Irish misty rains that with the help of the wind was falling as much horizontally as vertically. The Leonard Cohen crew treated us really well and the gig went great- despite the relentless rain. The fans bucked up and stayed and cheered through the inclement weather. The highlight for me though was meeting and hanging with Leonard Cohen’s bassist and musical director-the great Roscoe Beck. Roscoe was totally congenial and we had a nice conversation about basses (he has a Fender Roscoe Beck signature model.) I told him about the bass events in NYC that I was a part of, including the Bass Immersion Days with clinics and performances. He expressed great interest in being a part of one of those. I told him that my partners Patrick Pfeiffer and Ronal Sanchez are planning to take the Bass Immersion days on the road…so no we have a star performer to add to the roster when we go to Austin, Texas where Roscoe lives. Today we’re off to do a benefit show in Birmingham, England for a children’s rights organization called “Casa Allianza.” This is an organization that does work on behalf of children- primarily in Central and South America. The show was organized by longtime friend and Suzanne supporter Fred Shortland, who also works for the organization…so we’re off now to soundcheck…more later! Mike
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