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    Good evening, and welcome to KANSAS! Or, HEY!! You're gonna poison those pigs!!

    Yup, against Dave G's advice, my friend Robert & I went to see K-K-K-Kansas at the county fair Friday night. The lowdown is as follows:

    Parking: $5. Entrance into the fair: $8 (the show was free w/ the admittance charge). Metal detectors and security confiscated my keychain knife, with its whopper of an inch-and-a-half blade, never to be seen again. We were there early enough (the show started at 8) to get a couple of beers ($3) from the Bud booth (arrrgh), and find seating in the metal grandstands in the back of the outdoor venue. Not too far away- just far enough where we couldn't see the wrinkles on the aging prog-rockers' faces.

    They came out promptly at 8 (thank you!), starting off the proceedings with 'It's You' from Masques. The crowd went sedate, standing only for the better part of the first song, and then again for the encore 50 minutes later. 'Belexes,' 'Miracles Out Of Nowhere,' 'Icarus,' 'Hold On,' 'Down The Road' and more moldies led into the encore of 'Dust In The Wind' and 'Carrion My Wayward Son.'

    We were both pleased with the show. It could have been a disaster, as Dave G predicted, but it was a very good show. We had expected the worst from Steve Walsh's vocals, as we had heard bad things- how he couldn't hit the high notes and it was strained, but he was fine. Rich Williams' had an incredibly meaty guitar tone, altho he seemed the oldest of the group by the way he moved cautiously around his little part of the stage. I guess only having one eye doesn't help, eh? Robby Steinhardt on violin and vocals was the manic presence onstage, seemingly in several places at once and slashing the bow thru the air, accenting parts of songs (I wonder if that's how Rich lost the eye?) . New guy Billy Greer on bass was competent, standing on his little pedestal for the whole set and adding occasional background vocals.

    To me, Phil Ehart (drums) was a pleasant surprise. I'd always thought of him as a rather timid (albeit precise) player, but Friday night, he was hitting hard and fast. Good chops.

    Some guy with a God-awful silver mullet was strolling thru the crowd before the show. Robert joked that it was Kerry Livgren hoping he could hop onstage at some point and rejoin his ex-band mates. Ewwwww. What posesses people to get haircuts like this?

    Robert and I both noticed sounds that no one onstage seemed to be doing. There were harmony guitar leads to at least one guitar solo, and mysterious keyboard embellishments fattened the sound. I garntee Walsh wasn't playin' 'em. Overall, the sound was very good. We had seen Joan Jett several years earlier, and the sound was extremely loud and distorted, so we were happy campers. We complimented the Kansas guys behind the soundboard and they were underwhelmed by the fact a couple of drunken yahoos thought the sound was good.

    Many people around us were chatting throughout the whole show. Some to each other and some on cell phones. I HATE focking cell phones. People, if you want to catch up to buddies you haven't talked to in years, couldn't you do it outside the venue? Idiots.

    It was a good show, and I'm glad we went.

    Oh, the pig story.

    After the show, we had to wander around the grounds and see what was up. Being a county fair in the middle of the world's breadbasket, there were animal exhibits, where the local 4-H'ers were priming livestock to be judged the next day. I was dying to see the pigs. Ah loooove pigs. Bristly-backed porcines, brimming with intelligence- but enough about Kansas. ...I had to pet them, and as I knelt, one pig snuffled at my cup of beer. I stuck a finger in the beer and rubbed it on his snout. Hey Mikey! He likes it! I gave him a couple of fingerloads, and behind me I hear "HEY! Quit it! You're gonna poison them pigs!" I turned, and behind the fence was an irate (and rightly so) woman, her eyes ablaze. She gave me a ration, and threatened to get security. "Go ahead" I mumbled, so off she went. I disposed of the beer and continued to pet the pigs. Soon enough, she showed back up, with a turbaned Sikh "security" guard. He didn't say a word- I think he was more scared of her than of me. I got up to leave, not without suggesting to her that she might want to work on honing her people skills.

    That was it- we left, and the next morning, I awoke with a knife in my temple and memories of a good show, old boys.

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    Funny stuff! Good to hear you got your knife back the next morning

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    Lol! Thanks.

    Quote Originally Posted by Davey
    Funny stuff! Good to hear you got your knife back the next morning
    Altho I lost it again.

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    You amuse me with your way. Please continue.

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    It may be a while.

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    You amuse me with your way. Please continue.
    I don't get out much.

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    Nothin' Like...

    Having been a carney at one point in my life, I know that there's nothing like old rockers and county fairs.

    Now that I'm older, I prefer my old rockers with casinos. Security guards are also usually Indians, but the North American type.

    Aparently Rik Emmett is playing one of these lakeside events this week, so if FA is interested, she should contact the Mars Bar. As for me, I'm within striking distance of the R'n'R Hall of Fame this week.

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    Thanks eff-pee for that delightful story.

    It woulda taken me 5 days to pen that tale.

    Glad you enjoyed the show! It's MASQUE by the way, big fella.

    By the way Rik Emmet was here Saturday night, an acoustic gig w/ Glen Burtnik. My bud went, he said it was weird.

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    Old Rockers

    Quote Originally Posted by BarryL
    Having been a carney at one point in my life, I know that there's nothing like old rockers and county fairs.

    Now that I'm older, I prefer my old rockers with casinos. Security guards are also usually Indians, but the North American type.

    Aparently Rik Emmett is playing one of these lakeside events this week, so if FA is interested, she should contact the Mars Bar. As for me, I'm within striking distance of the R'n'R Hall of Fame this week.
    I believe the politically correct phrase is Vintage Rockers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ForeverAutumn
    I believe the politically correct phrase is Vintage Rockers.
    I find the whole idea of sitting on a vintage rocker completely repulsive, but maybe that's just me

    Oh, nice story Finchy.

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    Originally Posted by Troy: She has that same kind of cleft-pallet, slightly retarded way of singing that so many other people find endearing.


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    Or is it "youthfully challenged"?

    I saw Loverboy a couple years ago at a county fair and they were great. I was surprised some that they put so much energy and effort into performing at this type of venue. Either they love their job, or love their fans, OR stuck in the 80's. I saw Cheap Trick at our city 4th celebration a few years back and their show seemed to be missing that magic. It was during the day and about 150 degrees, that may have had something to do with it.

    I am a big Triumph fan. Several of their albums featured acoustic passages from Rick. I personally thought they could have left them off.

    Beer kills, Finch! During my teen years I had a girlfriend who had a Hamster. (See where this is going?) My brother filled the Hampster's water bottle up with beer and blew the tiny creature a couple shotguns. The Hamster displayed some irratic behavior soon after and the next morning it was DEAD. My girlfriend branded my family disfunctional.

    I saw Kansas many years ago at a college concert and they were pretty good. By the sound of Kansas's last album, I thought Walsh had lost some of his voice. Holding back 2 of their most popular songs to guarantee an encore, hmmmm.
    * While on the subject of Kansas, some of their albums are starting to show up as remastered.

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    Re: Loverboy

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Peabody
    I saw Loverboy a couple years ago at a county fair and they were great. I was surprised some that they put so much energy and effort into performing at this type of venue. Either they love their job, or love their fans, OR stuck in the 80's. I saw Cheap Trick at our city 4th celebration a few years back and their show seemed to be missing that magic. It was during the day and about 150 degrees, that may have had something to do with it.
    Have you read my recent Loverboy review?

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    I have now

    I thought they were good when I saw them. The points you make were probably true then but I don't think most guys would pick up on the same details you did. That's why I usually listen to my wife when she tells me certain apparel don't go together. Like, to this day my sister in law still gives me grief about some type of collar my shirts had when I dated my wife. I'm like, "if it was out of style, you should have told me".

    Is your name Autumn or are you just a Justin Hayward fan or neither?

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    The history of ForeverAutumn

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Peabody
    Is your name Autumn or are you just a Justin Hayward fan or neither?
    When I joined this board I had just finished reading a book with a very strong female character that I admired named, Autumn. I was trying to come up with a moniker that was, somewhat, music related. Since Forever Autumn is one of my favourite all-time songs, and given my admiration for the Autumn in the book, it seemed appropriate at the time. In fact, it still seems appropriate.

    And how did you come up with Mr. Peabody? I think I once had a math teacher with that name.

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    Mr. Peabody???`

    Remember the cartoon that used to come on with Bullwinkle, Peabody and Sherman? Mr. Peabody was the dog with glasses that knew all the answers. I remember it but haven't seen it in years, I think they used to go back in history for their little adventures. I thought at the time it would be funny to see if anybody remembered the character and I mostly hung out in the audio forums answering questions, or at least weighing in my opinion. Thus far, no one has mentioned the character to me and I'm not so sure how I have been doing filling his role.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Peabody
    Remember the cartoon that used to come on with Bullwinkle, Peabody and Sherman? Mr. Peabody was the dog with glasses that knew all the answers. I remember it but haven't seen it in years, I think they used to go back in history for their little adventures. I thought at the time it would be funny to see if anybody remembered the character and I mostly hung out in the audio forums answering questions, or at least weighing in my opinion. Thus far, no one has mentioned the character to me and I'm not so sure how I have been doing filling his role.
    Yeah, I was gonna mention the character. But I thought to myself, "what if he really doesn't know who Mr. Peabody is and he's offended that I called him a short, bespectacled, dog?". So, I decided not to mention it.

    I'm too sensitive sometimes.

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    I was actually going to answer for you. It was going to go something like this:

    I'm guessing it's a Rocky And Bullwinkle reference.

    EDIT: And I should add: the reason I didn't is that I was afraid that that really was your name, and didn't want to be making fun of you.
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