|Saturday, April 26, 2014
Backstage Pass from Chandler, Arizona ~ April 25, 2014
Our tour started tonight in Chandler, AZ at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino. On our arrival, we had a very nice dinner celebrating three birthdays in the group - all on April 24 - Shakti, Kevin, and myself. It was so nice to have everyone together again. When we arrived for soundcheck, we were welcomed back by the promoter who told us Roger is his favorite artist. Roger was pleased to sign two guitars that were auctioned off with the proceeds going to the inner city kids music program and the excitement before the show could be felt all around.
The sold-out crowd warmly greeted Roger with a standing ovation as soon as he walked out on stage. We could not have asked for a better audience for the first show of the tour in such an intimate venue. Each and every song had people watching intently or dancing in their seats. The band, Aaron, Bryan, David, and Kevin flew in the day before from all directions and effortlessly picked right up.
Toward the end of the show, Roger came out for an encore and the audience refused to let him leave the stage. After an ovation lasting several minutes, a third song was performed as part of the encore. Smiles were all around. After the show, Roger and the band were asked to sign the backstage wall to commemorate their visit. Next stop - Milwaukee, WI for four shows with an orchestra on April 30, May 1, 2, and 3. We'll see you there!
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