This was the perfect completion to our South America run. A beautiful outdoor pool-side setting with natural trees as a backdrop on stage, the reflection of the band and colored lights on the calm water of the pool, pristine sound, a warm and enthusiastic crowd, and the rain held off til after midnight when the show was long since over and the last people were ready to clear the deck.
I was sitting with the promoters for most of the show and they were very happy, enjoying every moment of this special occasion. I also enjoyed watching one particular fan, a man dressed in black who danced and clapped and moved in total joy throughout the show. I've never seen anyone rock out to Lovers in the Wind before- this guy did. In fact he rocked out to every song and whenever he stopped and sat for a few moments, he couldn't contain himself for more than a few moments. Then suddenly he would spring out of his chair, arms in the air in pure euphoria to hear this music, to feel and share the depth of emotion and heart with his idol on stage.
All in all to me this show was about 9.8 out of 10. and I don't know what the .2 was so maybe it was actually a ten. Roger was spot on. The band sounded great. The audience was both respectful, enraptured and elated. Wow.
During Lord is it Mine one of the promoters said he had heard this song in a movie. It turns out it was in "Roller boogie" many years ago, and this movie was very big in Venezuela. It's a surfer movie- one we'll have to watch.
Roger dedicated Teach me to Love Again to Gregory C and his wife- both huge fans. His friend told me afterwards, you should see their house ...full of albums and pictures and all sorts of thing... like a temple or a museum dedicated to and . His wife said, "first came Supertramp, then came me."
As I write this the rain is falling and it feels like a natural good night. And I have to say the other thing I love about this venue is that my hotel room is right upstairs.