Lorraine, on 13 November 2015 - 02:14 PM, said:
I'm watching the Tulsa show now.
It's a lot more dramatic when a curtain rises. That must have been quite the moment for those of you who were fortunate enough to be there.
If I miss the names of TRF members who were there that night I apologize.
Tom, not sure if you were there. I know you've been to many.
Oh yes, my brother He Plays Bass and I were there. I can't believe I talked him into driving down from Chicago to Tulsa. He hates flying (and flew to the Manchester opener a few years back with me only when I sweetened the already rich pot (front row directly in front of Alex for a tour opener) with box seats to the Red Sox game the following night), and so he endured hours of very boring driving to Tulsa during which hallucinations apparently set in. I flew to Tulsa and still remember the big welcome sign affixed to the floor in the airport. I still have the picture on my iphone. Never, ever thought any city would be so welcoming to Rush fans. That sign is one of my very favorite memories of the Tulsa opener. And I remember a great BBQ dinner down the street before the show. And because I purposely screened myself from any actual inside info before the show, I was honestly pissed when it opened with a steampunk set and CA tunes. What the hell, I thought, I truly like this album and think it is one of their five best, but they did this already! Then, as the set started evolving, peeling back the layers, about halfway through the first set, I got it. And from then, pure magic. They took me hook, line and sinker, right back to my friend Gary's house, when around age 15 he put A Farewell To Kings on his turntable, and my AC/DC-infused mind would never, ever be the same.
I saw the last tour five other times in person, and at least a few dozen more on periscope, but Tulsa, well, that's in a class by itself. My only favorite band walked me back through lots of my own history. Right back into Gary's living room. Even a lawyer, who's only job tools are vocabulary, finds it very hard to find words to express my emotions for that.