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Dennis

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Really great show in the Old Pueblo.  Outstanding performances by all.  They opened with Sole Survivor and went right into Wildest Dreams.  This was the same as when I saw them in Japan earlier this year although John used standard tuning this time on both songs instead of "Drop D" on Sole Survivor.  They played songs from every album but that is all I will say about the set list so not to spoil for anyone.  John substituted Arizona for California in Wildest Dreams and they did different arrangements of a few songs by extending middle sections and modulating the key in at least two songs that I can recall.  These were all nice, new twists to great songs to keep the show very fresh.  John played many fills in a lot of the songs.  His bass playing was extra special at this performance.  Impressive!  Here are some photos from the show...

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152706798019536.1073741922.763679535&type=1&l=85444cc423

See you at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, CA on Thursday!

P.S.  John was clearing his throat during soundcheck and then quoted Bob Fleming.  Very funny moment for me.  I really enjoy his sense of humor.

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Indeed the band is firing on all cylinders. I saw the show in Newark, Ohio. John has been an idol of mine for 32 years. I think all the little intricacies and fills he plays on bass are really the band's secret weapon. He is an amazing musician. Not to mention his voice is as good or better than ever.
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Agree with purplepiper and Dennis...at the Arcada show JW's voice in fine form, clear and powerful and bass playing the same...fills, tone and clarity a treat that in some venues not always realized due to murky mix.  In fact, until Gravitas kicked in after the intermission, mix at Arcada not that great but after it was quite good especially Geoff's keys being better defined.  One thing that stood out sonically were John's Moog bass pedals, now I've heard these before many times via JW and other performers but holy smokes the force displayed that night at the St. Charles show was thunderous, not anything I'll likely forget anytime soon.
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Indeed the bass pedals are thunderous and round out an overall commanding bass rig. In one part of Gravitas (I believe), John played a tritone interval on the bass pedals that was magical in its timing and movement.
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