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Moogfest Meets With Mixed Reviews

Post: # 4229Post Roan's Lady
Thu May 20, 2004 9:49 am

For starters, this was hands down the LOUDEST show I've ever been to - and I've been to plenty. Holy cow! My entire body was stuck on Vibrate for almost the entire night - a not altogether pleasant sensation. My ears still ache. Sound folks, pay attention!! We met up with Ray (gatesofdeliriumcrasher) and his friend Bill, which was very nice! We ended up sitting right up front, on the left hand side, which afforded us a perfect view of Keith Emerson's set-up, notably his giant modular Moog synth, which dominated the stage <img src=pix/icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>. The show started with a short clip from the upcoming movie about the life of Bob Moog - the clip would have been cooler if the sound was on... First to perform was a reggae band which featured a couple of Minimoog solos. Then various folks playing Moog instruments as well as the theremin, took the stage - musicians well-known and lesser-known, all well-versed in their craft. This would have been more than sufficient, with perhaps a few other instruments along to accompany, but unfortunately, it was the OTHER instruments (including non-Moog keyboards) that dominated this evening.
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!

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Post: # 69777Post Roan's Lady
Fri May 21, 2004 5:48 am

Some Moogfest pics beginning with the man who made it all posssible, Mr. Robert Moog. <img src=pix/icon_smile.gif border=0 align=middle>


<img src="http://img17.photobucket.com/albums/v50 ... obmoog.jpg" border=0>

<img src="http://img17.photobucket.com/albums/v50 ... /rick2.jpg" border=0>
He said it would be a clean joke. He lied!! <img src=pix/icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle>

<img src="http://img17.photobucket.com/albums/v50 ... /rick1.jpg" border=0>

<img src="http://img17.photobucket.com/albums/v50 ... ckmoog.jpg" border=0>
Wish I was on the *other* side!!

<img src="http://img17.photobucket.com/albums/v50 ... thrick.jpg" border=0>

<img src="http://img17.photobucket.com/albums/v50 ... kkeith.jpg" border=0>
Happy Birthday to Rick!

<img src="http://img17.photobucket.com/albums/v50 ... keith1.jpg" border=0>

<img src="http://img17.photobucket.com/albums/v50 ... keith3.jpg" border=0>
Classic...love this!

<img src="http://img17.photobucket.com/albums/v50 ... keith4.jpg" border=0>
He does it from any angle...

<img src="http://img17.photobucket.com/albums/v50 ... keith5.jpg" border=0>
Keith's hands here...

<img src="http://img17.photobucket.com/albums/v50 ... keith6.jpg" border=0>
Keith, keys and sweat - what a luscious combo - oh yeah!!

<img src="http://img17.photobucket.com/albums/v50 ... thharm.jpg" border=0>
I didn't know he did this...

<img src="http://img17.photobucket.com/albums/v50 ... keith9.jpg" border=0>
There's Ray, too! <img src=pix/icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>

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Post: # 69786Post tardistraveler
Fri May 21, 2004 6:34 am

Thanks for sharing the pics and review, Amy!

Sounds like you REALLY enjoyed Keith's "performance" <img src=pix/icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle>

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Post: # 69790Post Roan's Lady
Fri May 21, 2004 6:56 am

Yeah, Diane, I <i>really</i> enjoyed Keith's performance!!
Millisecond...<img src=pix/icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle>

*ahem* - my apologies to hubby Alan...he was just here and commented on the fact that I did not give him credit for taking the above pics! Dear Alan, I am SOOOOO SORRY! You did a wonderful, wonderful job! (He really DID! <img src=pix/icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>) Let me know how I can make up for not crediting you in a timely fashion! <img src=pix/icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle><img src=pix/icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle> nudge nudge...

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Post: # 69791Post tardistraveler
Fri May 21, 2004 6:58 am

Well, Alan did a wonderful job with the pics! I'm sure you'll find a way to make up for the oversight, Amy . . . <img src=pix/icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle>

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Post: # 69793Post axeman
Fri May 21, 2004 7:14 am

Thank you for the credit, Amy. Now I must "rack my agile mind" in regard to making up. <img src=pix/icon_smile_love.gif border=0 align=middle>

Diane: Thanks a lot for the kind words regarding the pix.

Take care,


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Post: # 69833Post fragilesi
Fri May 21, 2004 8:20 pm

Cool pictures! You really were close, this is a show I wouldn't have minded seeing myself. It's interesting to see that Rick actually looks pretty fit and well compared to the rest of them!

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Post: # 69862Post tribute1969
Sat May 22, 2004 4:23 am

<b><font face=Tahoma><font color=purple>Thanks Amy/Alan and Ray...
I feel like I was there and could smell the sweat!..

Did Rick or Keith mention a possible "tour" together??

The "WE Tour".....
Each could come out and do an hour or so solo set and then, duel/duet for a finishing "jam"....
Think about how much everyone is "enjoying" the "duel" in
SSOTS between Rick and Steve, just imagine a "WE" duel...

Burning Down The House!!!</font id=purple></font id=Tahoma></b>

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Post: # 69864Post tribute1969
Sat May 22, 2004 4:34 am

<b><font face='Comic Sans MS'><font color=purple>and on "second thought", knowing these two's sense of humor, THEY may prefer to call any tour together the:
"EEEWWW" Tour.....lol</font id=purple></font id='Comic Sans MS'></b>

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Post: # 69877Post Roan's Lady
Sat May 22, 2004 5:09 am

<BLOCKQUOTE id=quote><font size=1 face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id=quote>quote:<hr height=1 noshade id=quote>
<b>tribute1969 wrote:</b>
<b><font face=Tahoma><font color=purple>Thanks Amy/Alan and Ray...
I feel like I was there and could smell the sweat!..

Did Rick or Keith mention a possible "tour" together??

The "WE Tour".....
Each could come out and do an hour or so solo set and then, duel/duet for a finishing "jam"....
Think about how much everyone is "enjoying" the "duel" in
SSOTS between Rick and Steve, just imagine a "WE" duel...

Burning Down The House!!!</font id=purple></font id=Tahoma></b>
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Oh MAN, just send me to the stratosphere, why dontcha...THAT would be HEAVEN!! <img src=pix/icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle><img src=pix/icon_smile_approve.gif border=0 align=middle><img src=pix/icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle><img src=pix/icon_smile_approve.gif border=0 align=middle>

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Post: # 70037Post Thoughtbecontact
Tue May 25, 2004 9:39 am

Amy, these are just incredible photos--especially the one of Emerson. I thought I had a good one that I took of him with his modular Moog back in 1978, but this one tops it! THanks!

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Post: # 70038Post Thoughtbecontact
Tue May 25, 2004 9:41 am

Amy, these are just incredible photos--especially the one of Emerson. I thought I had a good one that I took of him with his modular Moog back in 1978, but this one tops it! THanks!

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Post: # 70123Post Roan's Lady
Wed May 26, 2004 9:20 am

Hey thoughtbecontact, glad you enjoyed the pics! Hubby did an awesome job taking them - I was too <img src=pix/icon_smile_love.gif border=0 align=middle> gaga <img src=pix/icon_smile_love.gif border=0 align=middle> to handle the camera! <img src=pix/icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>

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Post: # 70958Post Stoutman
Sun Jun 06, 2004 11:59 pm

amy, just getting to this thread now. and if mytyping is off, itsjust that i have a wrist injury. so,it`s all one-handed..
excellent pictures, great concert. i agree with you on the sound. my ears were hurting me for a few days. i dint think keyboards could be that loud!!!!!

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