So -- how was the concert, you ask...
The crowd was much larger -- over fifty in number, not in median age nor waistline size -- than I would have expected. Oh, to be sure, the vast majority of us there were the esoteric and old Christian music junkies (if you were raised on Passion music, please stop reading now; you wouldn't understand us, and we don't quite get you either). (-- just kidding.) (Maybe.)
MUSICALLY: The set was great (the jam section on "Circle Slide" was...yeah. Wow), and the majority of the tunes played came off of the Chase the Kangaroo, Wide-Eyed Wonder, Circle Slide and O How The Mighty Have Fallen discs. However, the set felt...short (clocking in at about an hour in length). I mean, they could've played their entire repertoire and it still would have seemed short, but after a few of us rushed the stage to see the set list -- well, when we saw what they were going to play compared to what they actually played, we wanted a second concert ("God of Wonders," "Beautiful Scandalous Night," "Wilderness" and "Chase the Kangaroo" were among the tunes listed to be performed but not played).
When the crowd started shouting out requests -- "Triangle" and my own requested "Everybody in the Band" among the two that caused the most laughter -- Derri and Steve, thankfully, ignored us and kept playing.
Steve Hindalong made the most...Interesting...faces while playing. Derri jammed out on guitar like he was 20, and his voice shows NO signs of aging or slowing down at all. Dan Michaels -- the undisputed most under-appreciated member of the band -- was spot-on in his performance. Marc Byrd's backup guitar supplemented their sound perfectly. Matt Slocum on bass was both a surprise and a treat; I think it's a high compliment to him that he sounded like he'd been playing with them since day one.
A good number of people who had seen them multiple times before said that this particular concert was the best sounding one they'd ever heard the guys perform. It was stylistically and musically about as perfect as we'll get on this side of forever.
Dan patted me on the shoulder as they walked off stage. Derri hugged me after the concert (once I assured him I wasn't a stalker). THAT made my night. ...and yeah, once we got outside, I danced around my car. It was a very Dead Poets kinda moment.
No joke; my face was hurting on Saturday from the big grin I had plastered on me during the whole set. There was one moment even before the guys took the stage that took me by surprise -- I was sitting there, in my chair (second row, middle section, aisle seat on the left ) and I thought I was going to cry. Tears of joy. Just...anticipatiaion caught up in wish fulfillment.
There's something wonderful about love. Indeed.