|Saturday, April 3, 2010
Phoenix Show - Musings from Aaron MacDonald
Roger Hodgson Concert March 28th 2010 @ the J.W. Marriott Resort, Phoenix, Arizona.
I can't get over how beautiful it is here! Driving in from California across the desert was incredible. I saw my first real "Cactus" (lot's of em actually!) just like in the roadrunner cartoons. And being an avid moviegoer,I had dozens of images constantly flowing through my head of Clint Eastwood " Shootin the Bad guy," and wondering if any of the Bushes out there sounded like "Randy Newman" from Amigos, or making sure there wasn't some menacing transport truck grill pasted to my rearview mirror like in "Duel". It's amazing what wanders into your head after a couple hours of being purged by the deserts beauty..................Oh yeah, I gotta play tonight!
Well, we were outside in a manicured courtyard flanked by palm trees, ficus, oleander and other carefully placed tropical wonders. Not to mention a waterfall in behind us! (serene under all circumstances except soundcheck unfortunately) The show was good. I mean Roger and I delivered a pretty good performance considering it's our second show this year. Roger's voice was in fine form, and I managed to work out a few bugs and flubs from the previous show the night before. The feeling was pretty casual but no less enthusiastic. I really like casual settings for our shows because people are more honest with their response, more inclined to pump and cheer, and they did just that.
The show overall I'd say was a great success, and has got me totally primed for the oncoming tour season.
More to come............
**Comments published upon approval
Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts..... You have an unique perspective from almost anyone else, except other performers. Truly hope to see more blog entries as this season progresses. Hopefully share that sense of humor with us as well.
You don't realize the common experiences a person has, until they start talking about movies/TV shows that you grew up with as well.
Thank you for your thoughts,
Safe Travels and have fun. :0))
Thanks for the post, Aaron! Look forward to seeing you in Fallsview again. :o)
Thank you for allowing us to picture the venue thru you sight, I have seen the Solo tramp show roger had done years ago In NY and view the dvd many times before seeing 2 show in Montral last year. Your embracement of Rogers music is heart felt so please keep sharing the ride so fans like me can envison being thier thru you.
Ps Your Bag pipes you played to along came Mary the 2nd night made the miles driven worth my trip from NJ(USA) to canada.
I saw the show at Pechanga, although I live across the street from the Marriott in Phoenix. It was awesome! I was supposed to drive back to see the show in Phoenix but got held up and didn't make it back in time. Everyone said it was great though. I wish there were more dates I would go again.
Thank you for sharing, Aaron, it's really nice to read some 'insider' perspectives :)) Have fun and a wonderful, successful ongoing tour, and please stay safe - I'm looking forward to the Munich show :)))