On the road with theproffet, with spoilers eventually . . .



On the road with theproffet, with spoilers eventually . . .

Postby theproffet » Thu May 06, 2004 1:02 pm

Uh, in a word, the operative phrase now would be "stunned." Lordy, lordy, funny how I can forget how much these shows mean to me. And to think I almost bowed out this tour leg . . .

Serendipity is a wonderful thing though. With no local fan driver to help me make it to Chicago, fortunately, Michele of Yes fans needed one ticket, and I needed a ride, and that worked out wonderfully. Her friend Kenwick from Tulsa got the spare, and for never meeting someone before, that worked out great. He drove into Chicago from where we linked up, and we found we had a lot of common interests--If you're on a long drive, being with someone cool really helps--Ray, I think you'd be glad he got the seat next to me . . .

Early into the Windy City, after making good time--but we had to wait some hours before our room was ready. That sort of affected my timing later--without an early lunch at the right time and a nap, it was harder to be socialable when folks started coming in for the pre-show. When I met Diane and other folks at first, I was starving, then tired, yadda yadda-- so I was not at my peak at that point! I remedied that with some of my Red Bull and vodka though . . .

So by about four thirty, we (myself and the other assorted hardcores) got into Maxi's, the meet up bar. It started off with a good crowd, around twenty to thirty folks . . . But it just snowballed after that--by six, we'd pretty much filled up the whole damn place! I was getting friendly by that point, but just so damn many folks! So I just tried to look for familiar faces, familiar screen names with such a mob coming in, more all the time, and more, then more, all with Yes tees . . .

(An aside must be made to thank Arlene--an amazing job of juggling many things at once. I used to hook up fans for pre-shows, but this was a quantum leap from what I was used to--she had printed nametags, a "goodie" bag for everyone, a table where boots where handed out . . . Amazing work for one fan to put together, so Bravo, Arlene! <img src=pix/icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>)

So, the meet up was "huge-ass," to say the least. I finally got hooked up with some new friends who were curious about my baking skills. Got them on their way, and by that time, it was time to cross the parking lot--being just a block from hotel to venue was a very nice thing, chowing down my chocolate treats on the way . . .

In our next exciting installment, our charming protagonist makes it to the venue, and actually comments on music!

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Postby tribute1969 » Thu May 06, 2004 11:23 pm

<b><font face=Tahoma><font color=red>PROF:
Did you send any "special" brownies down to Nashville with Diane??
I'm waiting for your pics to clear the censors for posting here too......
Sounds like a "high ole time" was had by all up in the Windy City....
Arlene is quite the JUGgler I hear....</font id=red></font id=Tahoma></b>
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Postby Silent_wings » Fri May 07, 2004 7:57 am

Proff

It was good to see you again.
Boy oh boy that was a big preshow crowd!
Fun show too!
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Postby tardistraveler » Fri May 07, 2004 8:08 am

Hi, Proff - can't wait to hear more - I've been too wasted from the drive back, and very busy at work today - to post much yet, but I will!

I've got lots of pics, including one of Proff in his appropriate attire for those brownies!

And no, Tribute, Proff didn't send any brownies back with me!
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Postby tardistraveler » Fri May 07, 2004 8:13 am

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<b>theproffet wrote:</b>
(An aside must be made to thank Arlene--an amazing job of juggling many things at once. I used to hook up fans for pre-shows, but this was a quantum leap from what I was used to--she had printed nametags, a "goodie" bag for everyone, a table where boots where handed out . . . Amazing work for one fan to put together, so Bravo, Arlene! <img src=pix/icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>)
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Arlene/thoughtbecontact did a FANTASTIC job with the pre-show, and post-show as well! She's been our Chicago contact, and coordinated the hotel, the registrations, the goody bags - WAY beyond the call of duty! And was even kind enough to let me crash with her - thanks Arlene!

Recognition also should go to Peggy/Bugeyes and Gary/Yesyadda (both on YesFans, although I think Peggy has posted here as well) for providing additional goodies for the bags!

And Proff, it was GREAT to finally meet you - you are SO much like I envisioned you in chat!

Kathy - glad you made it back to CA OK! Wonderful to see you again too! Say hi to Patrick for me!
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Postby Thoughtbecontact » Fri May 07, 2004 12:56 pm

Thanks so much, all of you!!!!!

If you only knew how nervous I was before arriving at the hotel on Tuesday. I was so worried things wouldn't come off the right way. Tardis had the "pleasure" of seeing me wound up very, very tightly.

Actually, thanks should go to her too, for helping me cut and organize some of the goodie bag materials on Sunday night after she arrived. We stayed up until 2 a.m. assembling things. Then she also helped with putting the items in the actual bags on Monday afternoon at the hotel.

Thanks also go to Kirk Kalinski for helping monitor the weeds at the welcoming table.

Jeff, I wish I was able to talk to you more, but I was pulled in so many different directions and I saw that you were in good hands with Diane. We will meet again.
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Postby yesfan37 » Fri May 07, 2004 8:45 pm

Many Thanks to ThoughtBeContact!
It was a Great way to start off a YESshow.
I only wish I had be able to get back to the post show party.
Its nice to be able to match up screen names with real people.
Hope to meet many more of ya'll on the second leg of this tour.
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Postby N2yes » Sun May 09, 2004 1:10 am

<font color=red><font face='Papyrus'>There is a statute of limitations on submission of reviews, Prof. Throw it at us as I grow restless in anticipation. </font id='Papyrus'></font id=red><img src=pix/icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle><img src=pix/icon_yes_yes2.gif border=0 align=middle>

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Postby theproffet » Sun May 09, 2004 10:46 am

Thanks to everyone for reading my notes--I do deal with impressions more, and wanted to take note of my state of mind, what's going on before the show, yadda yadda--but Entoo asked, I must finish!

Strange going to a venue so close, but very nice, so thanks again to all you good folks for the organization--just a short stroll from the hotel, too close to finish my brownies, so one had to go in my shorts . . .

Long lines for everything, just time for a smoke before going in. But what miserable seating! Cheap metal chairs, jam packed together as close as possible. I had a great view, from ninth row, but I can't say the "seats" were good--I don't mind folks going to the bathroom or getting beers, but having to stand on your seat to let them pass sucked for all . . . So I got in, a few minutes before the curtain went up . . .

So first I saw the set--I wasn't that impressed, but as the night went on, I was. It's not supposed to be a show in itself, but a background, and I thought it was wonderful for that. Being three dimensional, it allowed for a lot of great effects, from the inside and projected onto. Intensely colorful, and the lighting changed all the time, bravo to the lighting guys! The whole big drum set gave Alan a really nice perch, and also worked great as a backdrop to Jon and Chris--so, best stage since Steve's been back, definately . . .

Things a bit shaky during GftO, and All Good People kinda strange so early in the show, but it got folks going, with a lot of applause from my section. With Mind Drive--I thought they sorta wanted to test it out, see how it works, having never played it before this tour--so breaking it up made sense. But indeed, South Side did rock intensely--kinda wish I hadn't read reviews, not knowing about the "duel" beforehand might have made it a bit more fresh. But YiND was intense, wonderful way to finish the first set, and Chris was getting into it big time then . . .

I didn't find the acoustic set that different though--what I liked most about that was the more intimate interplay within the guys, talking with each other and joking. The brownies had been kicking in, so I liked being mellow for a bit! <img src=pix/silly.gif border=0 align=middle> And getting to love "Second Intitial," Steve's solo offering. Nice to hear something new, that had much in common with "Clap" --Steve seemed to enjoy having the whole audience to himself, and everyone seemed to eat it up . . .

Of course, there was the special guest appearance by the Lincolnwood Choir, a special treat! Over thirty young girls singing along to "Nine Voices," just angelic . . . Should be some pics up on Yesfans, can't wait for the boot of it . . .

Okay, enough for now, fingers tired! Part three soon, oh soon . . .

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Postby tardistraveler » Tue May 11, 2004 12:46 am

Well, it's been almost a week since Chicago for me now - have just been exhausted since the trip and haven't even loaded my pics to my computer yet - maybe tonight?

Proff's assessment of the show seems to be right on so far. Yes was playing a fantastic show, but unfortunately, I had the obnoxious drunks from Hell sitting behind me. They (the drunks) weren't TOO bad the first half, and I enjoyed the set greatly, especially SSOTS, which totally rocked! But after the intermission, the screaming and ceaseless chatter increased exponentially - I was hard pressed to hear some of the acoustic set, and finally Arlene and I simultaneously turned around and screamed at them "Will you PLEASE SHUT UP!!!!" First time I had ever sounded off to anyone at a concert, and I've been to plenty of them! They were quieter after that, and I really enjoyed Ritual - one of my favorites.

I wasn't the only one to comment on the rude crowd there - people who seemed more interested in drinking, etc., than watching the show.

Proff, I'm looking forward to your 3rd installment, and I promise I'll get the pics up SOON! <img src=pix/icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>
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Postby tardistraveler » Tue May 11, 2004 6:43 am

Well, these aren't MY pics, but Gary/yesyadda posted this link on YesFans to his slideshow - enjoy!

http://photos.yahoo.com/yesyadda

Just click the link, and click the album to start the show.

And for those of you who just CAN'T wait to see me and Proff . . .<img src=pix/icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle>

<img src="http://img61.photobucket.com/albums/v186/tardistraveler/Chicago%20Pics/DianeandProff.jpg" border=0>
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Postby tribute1969 » Tue May 11, 2004 7:06 am

<b><font face=Tahoma><font color=red>NICE shirts!!
Prof: are those "maple" leafs.....
Hemp Rope hat??
Thanks for posting, nice photos of Arlene, Kathy, etc from YF and YT too...</font id=red></font id=Tahoma></b>
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Postby tardistraveler » Tue May 11, 2004 7:22 am

That's right, Tribute, those are maple leaves indeed - Proff's just expressing his solidarity with Canada! <img src=pix/icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle>
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Postby N2yes » Tue May 11, 2004 12:27 pm

<font color=red><font face='Papyrus'>Yeah, and since when did the crimson maple leaf of the Great White North turn a more natural shade??? Nice try, Diane. Prof, don't be ashamed of the fact that you're an arborist, one who can't keep away from exhibiting your passion for oak leaves. </font id='Papyrus'></font id=red><img src=pix/icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle><img src=pix/icon_yes_yes2.gif border=0 align=middle>

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