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Elstree

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After three nights I think I have run out of adjectives. It was another amazing performance by the band. I could not have reasonably asked for a more perfect set and I was so happy that it remained consistent the three nights I saw them. I loved ALL of it. I don't know what more I can say than what I said about the last two shows. For several reasons, TSHLYE was really the highlight once again. I used to wish they'd do an electric version of that song, and now I don't. The live acoustic version is just stunning.

The crowd was a little too subdued at this last show. Although there were quite a few of us standing up to clap after every song, no one stayed standing for a song. Not even the encore. But they gave some extra cheers during the CA nod in Wildest Dreams. I missed that in Vegas!

The Coach House is similar to the set up of the Canyon, only they don't squeeze you in so tightly. But the stage is small and the people up front can literally rest their elbows on the stage. As great as the HOB was the stage seemed comparatively far away and really high.

The same people who were early in Agoura Hills were early last night so it was nice talking to them again. Once inside all of them were at the same table as was Jeff and his wife. I ended up somewhere else. But it was interesting to see what kind of fans where there beyond the Gbers. At my table the guy next to me was a fan but the woman next to HIM was a casual one at best. He was telling her that Carl was the Palmer in ELP and she said, "Really?". The couple across the table from me were an older couple who had grandkids and could not name one Asia song. But at the end I asked the woman what she thought and she said that "they won her over".

After the concert we stuck around to see if any of the band would sign things, etc. Geoff came down first. After getting a picture with him the last two nights I didn't want to be obnoxious and ask for a third. But I did ask him to sign my UK Phx cover. Actually I think all I got out was a "hi". I wish I would have said thanks for his part in making this such a wonderful weekend. We hung out a little more hoping maybe John or Carl would be around. We had heard Steve was already gone. We didn't see John, but we did see Carl. The women I was with are big fans so they got a picture and were quite happy.

So now it is my turn to have Asia withdrawal. It really was an amazing weekend that exceeded every expectation. I'm so happy to have had the chance to meet so many of you from this GB. I hope to see you again someday. To the band thanks for the incredible musical experience. And to John and Geoff thanks for being so generous with your time before and after the shows. It made the weekend that much more special.

Safe travels to Japan and Europe and I hope to you see you again.


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I wasn't planning on attending the San Juan Cap performance since I live so far away, but after seeing them Friday night in Agoura Hills, my sister and I HAD to attend Sunday night. It was well worth the drive. And it was nice seeing the same people in line again. Asia really does have some of the greatest fans. We were hoping to get a pic with John and Carl, unfortunately we couldn't find John, but we did catch Carl, and as Elstree pointed out, we were very happy women after that!

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We did see Geoff, it was good to catch up with him again and he remembered us from the "AAA" gig we ran in Lake Forest. Was hoping for the other guys as I've never met John, Carl or Steve, but no joy. Sounds like, from what you're saying that Carl came out eventually, we must have left before then.

And the show was great! Seemed like Steve was having some trouble with sound/monitor but overall a great performance. A nice changed up setlist since we last saw them in Milwaukee last summer (huge outdoor show). And I'd put off listening to Phoenix until I'd heard the songs live, and the 2 new songs sounded really good. Though "Never Again" sounded more assured.

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Sounds like, from what you're saying that Carl came out eventually, we must have left before then.


Actually they told us that everyone else was gone already. But we didn't believe them. At one point we saw Carl go out the back door caught up with him outside. If you weren't looking at the right time, you would have missed him.
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Maybe I'm not a rock solid fan like some of you, but if I saw anyone from the band going out a back door I would assume they're trying to avoid the crowd and wanting to get back to their hotel. Why the need to play cat and mouse with these guys? They're doing their job. They're at work. Do you hang around outside of factories and offices waiting for people to get out of work?

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As Paulie alluded to on another thread, Rick is a very nice guy. He was kind enough to accept my daughter's gift to the band during set-up for this show. (I trust you enjoyed finally getting the originals Johan?) But he went a step further and used each one of them to adorn the dressing room doors for the guys. In talking with him after the show, he told me that Horace taped his to his piano for the show...what a story I had to tell Emily when I got home and was she ever thrilled that it gave the band a boost during the tour. For those who are new and wondering what they look like, go here:

http://www.websitetoolbox.com/tool/post/bakerloo2/vpost?id=2062924


Best of luck on the remaining legs of the tour John; hope to meet you again next time! We were front row in front of Steve at San Juan and my wife was thrilled with all the eye contact and smiles we got whenever you turned to the pedals. Thanks again for the great shows!

Jeff 

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wow, AC, that's so cool! What a wonderful story for your daughter! Yes, Rick is a very nice guy... enjoyed talking with him a couple times this tour.

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Maybe I'm not a rock solid fan like some of you, but if I saw anyone from the band going out a back door I would assume they're trying to avoid the crowd and wanting to get back to their hotel. Why the need to play cat and mouse with these guys? They're doing their job. They're at work. Do you hang around outside of factories and offices waiting for people to get out of work?


Why the need? Because this might be the ONLY chance you ever get to meet someone who has brought you much happiness for perhaps decades. If any item produced in a factory brought as much joy as music, and if the one person on earth responsible for it was only going to be in town for one night, I might just make an effort to say thanks and shake his hand too.

There was a small group of people who went to meet him. From where I was standing (I watched from the top of some steps) Carl was very gracious and if he was upset about the brief delay in getting back to his hotel he didn't let on.

Why do YOU need to be so critical of some of us fans? First the dig at us about the seating at the Canyon and now this. Look, there are a whole lot of bands where I don't care where I sit either and I would not go out of my way to meet. But Asia is special. (Psst. That is why a lot of us post here!)
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I wasn't planning on attending the San Juan Cap performance since I live so far away, but after seeing them Friday night in Agoura Hills, my sister and I HAD to attend Sunday night. It was well worth the drive. And it was nice seeing the same people in line again. Asia really does have some of the greatest fans. We were hoping to get a pic with John and Carl, unfortunately we couldn't find John, but we did catch Carl, and as Elstree pointed out, we were very happy women after that!

O.M.G.!!!    I am sooo happy for you guys!  *big hugs*  Good thing you went to this show--wish I was there with you all!  I see you learned your lesson from the Canyon Club gig!   


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I understand what Cap says to a point but the band is very amenable to their fans and interacting with those of us on the GB, we sort of feel pre-acquainted and as such, make an effort to introduce ourselves at the very least certainly in the case of John. In all the times we saw them this past month, I only said hello to John once (at J&R) and saw Steve and Carl at both the Basie and Peekskill shows just in passing. The Board Lord, save the J&R appearance alluded us too and Geoff is usually always about here and there.

As I've said before on this GB, I try to admire my idols from a far. I have met John before over the course of the years. He's a great guy, I just try to say my hello and move on and I'm an uber-fan of his work. To each his or her own, I guess. As I interface with some entertainment pro's (I use that term loosely), I've met my share of tools over the years so I am cautious and careful to read the body language before I make any approach.

Now my daughter, she's a different story. She was bummed not to meet John this time around but met him twice on the 2006 tour. Funny story...The afternoon of the show, we were downtown shopping and out of a book store came a guy that looked a lot like John and possibly accompanied by the Magnate. My daughter called to him, "Mr. Wetton? John Wetton?" The guy turned half way around and gave her the bird and I am not talking about the one gracing our favorite album of late. We clearly saw this was not John but this was a guy with some self importance about him or so he thought at least. My daughter laughed and said, "That was funny. Can you imagine if that were John and he gave me the middle finger." I responded, "There's no way John could do that. With the carpal tunnel, he could never get his right hand to flip the bird." We both laughed and went on with our day.

JK


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BTW, for us the best vocals of the night were:

TSHLYE - my missus' favorite Asia song.

AEL - John just beams when he intros the song and sings with such conviction. A suggestion for this song to close the show would have everyone smiling all the way home and at peace with the world!

Most powerful for the band as a whole - OYE was fantastic all 3 nights and especially this one.

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Hey, I'm still smiling and we were at the Milwaukee show.  What a positve impact music has on our souls and our lives.  Phoenix is an incredible cd which we listen to every day and never fail to be inspired.         


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Thanks,poo------I`ll say it again, that`s what it`s all about,and what you say means so much.

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