Bob Moog himself made an appearance, and spoke a few words, very nice, and of course, very well-received. In honor of Rick's birthday, he was presented with a cake of sorts and Keith Emerson led the crowd in a stirring <img src=pix/icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle> rendition of "Happy Birthday". After telling a couple of jokes while tech issues were being dealt with, Rick played his alloted ten-or-so minutes, (as everyone had) - excerpts from "Six Wives" - he did this fine, but one of those things he can clearly do with his eyes shut...Jordan Rudess joined him here, for most, this was an unexpected surprise, but he was mostly a back-up to Rick. Would have been great to hear more from him.
The night clearly belonged to Keith Emerson, however. He was last on, and I was butt-pinching distance from him - phew! <img src=pix/icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle>. He completely brought the house down - FANtastic! "Hoedown", "Fanfare for the Common Man", "America", some material from "Tarkus" (pardon my ELP ignorance - I don't know what specifically)...it was incredible to be as close as I was to him, and watch his fingers FLY just a few feet away...man, he is UNBELIEVABLE...anyone going to see him in the coming weeks is really, REALLY in for a treat!
Both Rick and Keith received standing ovations, and in general, the show was a fair tribute to the music and innovation of Robert Moog, but I would have been much more satisfied if Moog equipment itself was much more represented.
Here's a pic of Ray and I pre-show (moments after Rick and I crossed paths on 42nd Street - I was unaware until hubby let me know after the fact! aghh!!) - more pics of the show on the way!