Tonight was a totally different experience. I went down and plunked myself right in front of Martin's drum kit so I could gaze longingly at his mad skills. Seeing the performance up close is something I did not have the luxury of at the Lamb shows what with the assigned seats, and I admit that it was worth it in the foot pain arena to get the up-close wall of sound. Two encores for this show: Knife & Salmacis. The band looked like they were having fun - they all stayed in character but I saw a stray grin here and there. The crowd was thinner than last night but the energy was great - everyone down front was in the rapture with me, I feel pretty sure.
I admit that a few times I closed my eyes and tried to imagine what it must have been like. It is easy with Denis' voice being so authentic. Have I mentioned that Martin looks very much like Phil Collins? Yeah. I stuck around a bit and met David Myers, the 'Tony' of the group. He was very kind, and honestly curious what got me into prog rock. The super music geeks descended and I got outta there. I never know what to say to artists.
Me: I couldn't be grateful enough that you bring us this music.
Him: *deadpan* Oh, yes, you can be grateful enough.
I entreat each of you to consider coming to the Nov. 8th show in Baltimore with me. If not that, then come to the (much cheaper) Nov 11th prog night at Jaxx. More entreating will ensue. Experience something new!
Tomorrow I'm going to recofigure my drum kit - I don't like being penned up in the corner of the room. This may mean finding an alternate storage solution for my CDs. I'm also supposedly going to investigate the Fairland gym facilities, look around JoAnne's for costume inspiration, and hope against hope, do some cleaning in this pit. Oh, and I'm going to play softball. Last game of the year, I think.