LEAP of FAITH
The Knitting Factory
23 April 2005
When the announcement was posted that Robert Lamm was going to do a solo show in California, I immediately picked up the phone and gave my husband a call. Since our 24th anniversary was coming up in March 2005, I said this would be enough of a present for the anniversary, my birthday, and Christmas.
He agreed to the trip. Since we were traveling across the country to attend the show and it was an once-in-a-lifetime experience, ordering the preferred tickets was a no-brainer.
As people on Mr. Lamm's Board starting posting they were also going to attend, I thought it would be nice to have a pre-show lunch so we could put some faces to screen names. We met for lunch at the Vivoli Cafe & Trattoria which was about 1 1/2 miles from the Knitting Factory.
Joining my husband Bruce and I were Sharon (ncsadi) and her sister-in-law Sandi, Bill (bill_leis) and his fiancée Ame, Sharon (Ladytaz), Dustin (lee's#1fan), and Martin Brennan from Elements Music of New Zealand. It was nice to get to know everyone and spend some time together before the show.
After lunch, we all headed to the ticket office to wait for the festivities to began. I met Betty and Joanne of BettyJo Productions who both did a fantastic job of organizing the event.
The afternoon began with the sound check. Robert welcomed us and announced it was Jason's birthday. I was not expecting to hear any vocals and was pleasantly surprised. Everything sounded great so it was time for the Meet and Greet part of the program to begin.
Leap of Faith, Live in New Zealand was on sale and the majority of those in attendance purchased a copy. Mr. Lamm appeared and the line started to form to meet him and obtain his autograph. I was so sure I would be tongue-tied when it was my turn, but I had no problem remembering my name. Mr. Lamm was very generous with his time and every time I looked over to him (which was quite often!), he was smiling and his eyes were sparkling.
The general admission ticket holders started to arrive as well as family and friends of the various musicians and some of those involved in the music industry (they were permitted to view the concert from the second floor). A short time later, the show began.
HIP consisted of Keith Howland, Tris Imboden, Steve Weingart, and some "new guy" named Jason Scheff. They sounded great and their set went by much too quickly.
Then it was time to hear my favorite artist. Mr. Lamm's band and back-up singers consisted of Hank Linderman, Jason Scheff, Keith Howland (who participated in several songs), Tris Imboden, Larry Klimas, Lee Loughnane, Nick Lane, Ron Boustead, Beth Campbell, Hayley Barker, and Sam (I don't remember his last name, but he's a 20 year old native of Australia who now lives in New Zealand).
Mr. Lamm was off to a great start with Sacrificial Culture. Highlights for me were hearing Somewhere Girl, All the Years, Gimme, Gimme, The Mystery of Moonlight, and my all-time Chicago favorite, Saturday in the Park. I was also thrilled to hear his voice singing 25 or 6 to 4. It was nice to see Robert receive an award for his New Zealand video of The Mystery of Moonlight.
We spent some time at the party after the show mingling and talking with other fans. Debbie, it was nice to see you again after meeting you in West Palm last year. Robin, it was great meeting you. Russ from New Jersey, thanks for keeping my husband company back in the bar area. Christie, I know you must have taken some wonderful photos. Martin, thanks for your enthusiasm. Nancy, it was nice to finally meet you.
Robert, thank you for the music, the opportunity to meet you, and the wonderful memories. Keith, I'll have to send you the John Howland photo from Plymouth.
Two days later and Bruce and I are still talking about the show. We had a chance to listen to the new cd yesterday on our way to the San Diego Zoo. Bruce was even singing along (I'll make him a full-fledged fan yet!).
Unfortunately since we were not permitted to use flash photography during the concert, I only had a small percentage of my photos turn out.
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