Review By Hollis
Day 1 (Tues, October
Well, the van is all set for the monster road trip to Vegas. I changed the oil and filter myself this time. I don’t want to take a chance at Mr. Lube again. That was another story I haven’t told you about. I took the Dodge to a Mr. Lube to have the engine oil and transmission oil changed a few months ago. The car had never had a leak before, ever! After paying $151 (Canadian) for the work and waiting for 2 hours, the car developed 2 leaks, engine and transmission. I went back a week later to complain and was told that my car had 200,000km on it so toug
to the story. We were out of the house at
. Straight to Timmy’s for a
morning brew and then onto the US of A. Got to the
out for Mexican food at about
. I was wearing my NYPD t-shirt,
Day 2 (Wed, October 19th)
We were up and out of the motel by and headed to the local Flying J for gas and breakfast. This was also a Flying J tour of the
Started south on the I15 once more at about 8AM and wanted to stop in St. George Utah for a Taco Bell lunch and Flying J. My friend Keith, who rescued us on that first trip to Trochu, suggested asking for Chile Cheese Fries and paying with Canadian Quarters, just to mess with them. I was all up for that until we got there and was served by, what looked like, the local women’s detention centre guard, so I backed down and ordered our meal like a nice Canadian. What a wimp.
about how sad it’s going to be to see the last show for a while as we played
Arrived in Vegas at about (Pacific Time now) and checked into the Golden Nugget. There had been floods in town 2 days ago so we expected cool weather, but it was still hot and sunny, but a little humid still. We had a shower and headed for the strip. The last time we were here was 1983 so it was a shock to see so many top class hotels. Caesar’s Palace alone takes up about 3 city blocks. We were just in awe of the place. Frances wanted some perfume from Abercrombie and Fitch called 8, so we found that and then went for a long walk down the strip looking for somewhere to eat. Frontiers had a big sign out side that said Gilley’s – Dirt Girls Mud Wrestling Tuesdays and Wednesdays . It was about by now so we went in and eat, drank, waited and waited some more. It was and still no action so we called it a night. We were still tired from the drive. So that was it for Wednesday.
Day 3 (Thu, October
Went to check out Boulder Station, the venue of the
Got to bed by . Heather and Wendell will be here in the morning.
Day 4 (Fri, October
Got a text message from Heather at saying they were in Vegas. We had a few text messages going back and forth trying to decide what time to head to the show. Wendell was going to hire a limo so we could all go in style, but Frances and I decided to get there early so we could try and find TonyV, Lil’ and crew, and txlmaan from Alaska.
Boulder Station at about
to see if the
back at the Boulder Station by
and saw Tom wandering around.
Then along came Pete, who was worried that the rest of the band would get lost.
This place was mad. No rhyme or reason to the set-up. The venue was an enclosed
theatre, right smack in the middle of the casino. We sat down for a beer or 2
while we waited for Lil’ and crew to show up. We were also waiting for the
someone who looked like Lil’. Short! Well I had seen a photo of her and Jack on
the Forum so I had an idea what she looked like. There were 5 of them looking
for a place to eat so we thought we’d go find them. Lil’ found us first. Hugs
were exchanged. We’d finally met. We all sat down for pizza before going to the
bar. Lil’ was there with her husband Jack, Alex from
Railhead is a fairly small with maybe a 400 seat capacity, 500 at the very most.
There was a bar to the left as you walk in and the stage was straight ahead. The
seating was comprised of chairs bound together with nylon ties rather than
permanent seating. There was no space between the front row and the stage, which
made it difficult for anyone to get up there and boogie. Even
The boys came on in the dark as usual and you could hear the exact tuning of instruments just like at all the other concerts we’d been to over the last month. Lee did the same beat, Jimmy did his 3 strums and Pete did a quick riff. Dan didn’t check the microphone though. The lights came on to Miss Misery. It’s such a solid tune to start the show with and gives the crowd something to get into. Jimmy’s solo version is quite different from the way Manny Charlton used to play it, but his version is unique and brilliant all the same.
We were standing to the left of the stage, closer to Jimmy than anyone else on stage, over by the bar so we could get good access to booze, which is always a good thing. The sound wasn’t the best I’d heard by a long shot. We tried standing right against the wall to see if it sounded better but it was worse. It wasn’t the loudest either. It was turning out to be a disaster for sound. We couldn’t even hear what Dan was saying and it wasn’t his thick Scottish accent either! The sound was just bouncing everywhere. After being so negative so far I think I should pick out the highlights of the night.
Kentucky Fried Blues got some people to their feet as we notice Lil’ get up and boogie for most of it. That was one of 4 highlights I thought. Hearts Grown Cold was, I though, “the” highlight of the night. It was executed to perfection and just reinforces the fact that these guys are a talent that is hard to match. Love Hurts always gives me goose pimples and both of us felt a lump in our throats and a tear start to surface as it just dawned on us that there were only 2 more songs in the encore before they would be gone for another year.
As the guys came out to Night Woman, and she was standing right next to me, I could hear people yelling out names of songs that they wanted to hear but we knew that they’d stick to the set list we knew. I love the way they do Night Woman live. It starts slower than the album version. Lee gets to show off his awesome talent and the lights make him the star he is. Darrell Sweet taught him well before he left this world. May you rest peacefully my friend http://www.brand-dd.com/burntisland/dsweet2.html . Pete then comes in with that solid bass and plucks the stings like it’s the last time he’ll play. Then Jimmy comes in with that brilliant riff. We love it!
to take some photos with my little Cannon digital camera and got 5 shots off
before security said no digital photography allowed. I was too far away to get
any decent light anyway so I wasn’t bothered. We then moved around the corner,
away from security as the boys started This Flight Tonight. I got some more
shots off and then decided to put it away because I knew they’d be rubbish. I’ve
got to buy a better one for next year. Back to the music. It was slightly
improved when we stood nearer the centre of the stage, but still not the best.
This Flight Tonight is also one of our favorites as we hold our arms up when Dan
sings the “Starbright” line. I remember him doing that when I saw
the show was over for us for the last time until next year. As the place cleared
out we waited for a bit before going back stage to get some photos autographed
for some people we know, and ourselves. Lee gave
ride was amazing. We’d never had a limo ride before so it was quite the
experience sipping on a beer as we cruised down the
Day 5-6 (Sat/Sun, October
Needed to sleep in until . Took a couple of pills at to stop the headache. I’ve got to stop the drinking like this, I thought. OK, no more until next time then! Left
of writing we’re still in
This has been a magical tour for us. We’ve had some great times and had time to really connect as husband and wife again. No work in the way, just me and Frances.
Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow.
Don't walk behind me, I may not lead.
Just walk beside me and be my friend.