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John,

Beyond pumped up for the Wilmington show in a few hours. Never thought a bunch of progressive rock legends would be playing right at my doorstep -- but it's happening!!!

Hope you guys enjoy your stay in the First State (and also the second smallest state in the union, behind only Rhode Island). The Grand Opera House is a wonderful theater with incredible acoustics and a very intimate atmosphere. This will be a great show, guaranteed.

Enjoy yourself, Mr. Wetton. I guarantee you the crowd will be enjoying themselves.

Have a great show. See you in a few hours.
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Thanks, R602, looking forward to it. It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood.
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It sure is.
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WOW!!!!!!

GREAT show tonight guys! You played a phenomenal show. I was sitting in the second row and I was just immersed in the music. All of you played just an incredible show -- rest assured, next time you are in the PhilabaltiDC area, I will absolutely be there.

The XXX songs that you played tonight were absolutely the highlights for me, and I loved the Midnight Mix version of 'I Know How You Feel.' John, man, I gotta tell you, that sent chills right down my spine. That was awesome. 

I had a blast tonight. One of the best shows I've seen in quite awhile. And, it was neat getting to hear cuts like 'Cutting it Fine,' 'Here Comes the Feeling' and 'An Extraordinary Life' (I was not expecting to hear that one, but boy was I thrilled to hear it -- what a killer song) up close and personal.

Thanks for coming and bringing "the show that never ends" (to quote Carl's former band) to Delaware. I speak on behalf of everyone who attended when I say it was a joy to watch and listen to you guys. Come back again soon, please do!

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Thanks, Rendez. Lovely building, the Opry---crowd made a good noise.
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The Grand Opera House is an absolutely gorgeous venue, I have to agree. It was built in 1850, and it's amazing it is still standing (it was almost torn down in the late-'60s and again in the mid-'80s). It's one of my favorite places to catch a show, I must say. I just saw Steve Vai there about five weeks ago and that was an incredible performance as well (as you know, he's one hell of a guitarist). The acoustics are just phenomenal, and it's ideal for acoustic performances (for example, the 'I Know How You Feel'-'Don't Cry'-'The Smile Has Left Your Eyes' portion of the show tonight -- or the "stripped down" performances I think really resonated well in that venue partly because of the acoustics, not to mention they were extremely well-performed). It's a great place to see a show, it really is.

If you ever play the Grand again (I don't know if you caught it this time, but if you did, you'll know what I'm talking about), take a glance at the artwork on the ceiling. It's extremely well-done. Now, it's not Sistine Chapel-quality (but really what is?), but it's absolutely stunningly beautiful. One of my favorite things to do when I attend performances at the Grand is look up at the ceiling and marvel at its sheer beauty. It adds a strange, powerful, but yet so ethereal mystique to the performances.

Apart from the Tower Theater in Philadelphia (which you guys have played before as well), the Grand is one of my favorite venues to see a concert. So, having one of my all-time favorite groups playing in one of my favorite buildings in my home state was quite a treat (as I've stated, oh, I don't know, a couple dozen times).

But yes, back to your point, it is an absolutely lovely venue.
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Very sorry to have missed Asia in my home state; been away from Delaware since the beginning of the month! Finally back home and looking forward to Rams Head in Annapolis next week. Appreciate everyone's reviews of the tour so far!
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I wish I could go to the Rams Head show next week. Sigh. Too much going on.
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Delaware truly IS lovely! After travelling (from Florida) to Philly's Tower Theater to see the PHOENIX Tour in 2009, as /ASIA\ toured with YES, I "got lost" heading back south to Frederick (Western Maryland) LOL.

The purple wildflowers I saw (SR-13??) in the vast open spaces of rural Delaware were some of the most genuinely, simply "pretty" flowers and grasses I have ever seen in the eastern United States.

Beautiful home state, there, Rendezvous. You can be proud - I hope to make it back (to both Philly / Eastern PA AND Delaware) one day!

What is that maaaassive suspension bridge, where 495 cuts over the river in Wilmington? My wife buried her face in her arms, just TERRIFIED of the height - and I couldn't stop laughing...


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The Delaware Memorial Bridge. It's a real pain-in-the-you-know-where to drive in during rush hour time. It's one of the worst rides to make in Delmarva. 4:00-6:00 on weekdays are no-travel times on that bridge.
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