Still so very tired! If you could just see my puffy eyes! Yesterday was such looooong day with many a twist and turn.
Good things: Actually making it to the concert. Enjoying such a wonderful event. Meeting Alan and family and sharing a delightful dinner. Alan may have some videos.
Bad things: The tallest man in the world (not quite) sat in front of me obstructing to the right a clear view of Leonard. The amazing thing is that I was in the second row but I was some distance to the left of centre. I’ve got a sore neck from trying to see to the side of him. I tried to take photos but to no avail, sorry. (I’m in the last photo Linda (Sturgess66) posted – 2nd row 2nd from the bottom, the one with the long light hair and dark top leaning forward)
Also I attempted to audio record the concert – first time I’ve ever done this. Thought it was recording until I checked after Anthem at intermission and discovered I still had it on stand-by!! Recorded the rest OK but it’s not very good. I can see I’ll have to try a different approach, don’t know what yet.
Oh, more good things:
I met Leif B, it was nice to make face to face contact. Amongst other things we discussed getting a set list during intermission but I was a bit late getting there after the concert – Alan has one. It’s not as graphically illustrated as last time. I’m sure Alan will post that physical one and LC&LC has already posted notification of the played set list.
And I got a direct return wave and a beautiful smile from Alex on two occasions. Needless to say, his violin playing is more than superb and is an integral part in giving such expressive meaning to Leonard’s songs. I say, as it was in the beginning it is again.
This is a first time intro Leonard said just before Tower Of Song:
"I was sitting with my friend Roscoe at a café just around the corner and I noticed this tremendous energy in this city. You know it felt like New York without the problems.
I said to Roscoe you know I’ve never seen such energy, enthusiasm, optimism – I don’t think they heard the bad news!......and Roscoe said 'That’s why we’re here!'”
He also gave the Webb sisters an additional title of something to do with flowers - Alan wrote it down correctly and will pass it on for sure.
Overall the general performance appeared more polished and it’s no wonder considering how many times most songs have been played. The energy and enthusiasm was there for all to see. I have a feeling that there will be a new song introduced soon, possibly in New Zealand near the end of the tour.
Two more nights in Sydney for me and then it’s off to Melbourne for my second concert this tour.