Symphony Hall came, and went. Hard to believe it’s behind us, to be honest. Roger Searle, my Production Manager for the event, and I worked on it, on and off, for about a year. Reading all the reactions from many of those who were there, I feel humble and touched. Never in a career close to forty years long, have I felt such a rush, such a warm glow, as I did during that first minute or two, preparing to break open the riff of Hideaway. I thought for a moment of looking around to see who else had strolled onto our stage. It was crazy for a flashing moment, then overwhelming. It’s been a plan for many years, to play those two albums in their entirety, in sequence, but I do credit one or two band members and at least one fan’s Forum note from a couple of years ago for the encouragement to actually get on and do it.
We paid the deposit on the hall rental last December. On the day the tickets went on sale, on that February morning, computers crashing all over the world, we knew we were ok in business terms within an hour. I would have done it, anyway, even at a loss. I am a betting man, though, and I thought we’d get out of trouble, and you guys made certain of that.
Here, now, I am quite lost for words, so this diary entry will end now. You have said it for me, anyway. I spent an hour reading the Forum notes this morning. You really have said it all. I expect I’ll get back to the subject in time, but for now, to all who got there, and gave us that amazing memory, and to those who couldn’t be there but sent their good thoughts and kind words, just… thank you.
written by colin davies , November 29, 2012
... and thank you to Steve and all who made this tremendous event possible. I'm stil buzzin!
written by Richard Mills , November 30, 2012
It was truly fantastic. Pure joy.
Now...how about booking the same venue for Best Years and Timeless Flight next year? PLEASE!
And maybe a Cavaliers-style treatment/reissue?
As good as the Hammersmith Odeon gigs a few years back. The effort you all put in was astonishing. One of the best evenings I have had for many many years.
written by colin stephenson , November 30, 2012
Many thanks to Steve and all involved. The atmosphere and performance brought a tear to my cynical, middle aged Yorkshire eyes. The gig transported us back to more innocent times when our hair was thicker and waistlines thinner. More importantly it reminded me how innovative these songs were and still are. Who else is making such mad, melodic music now? This was no mere nostalgia trip but a reminder how unique and relevant you are Steve.
A heartfelt thanks.
written by Janine , December 01, 2012
I second that, Colin. It was touching to see so many people - particularly men! with tears in their eyes. It is only fair to say that Steve has enriched our lives with his music and lyrics and is still making it a better place for us. And last Saturday's event was unforgettable. It was pure magic.
written by Ana-Leigh , December 04, 2012
Sir, it was a complete honor and unfathomable joy to have been able to make it across the Atlantic once again for this great event. It was worth every pain and penny. I'm still sad I couldn't stay for the Dec 4th show (responsibilities pooh,) but I'm already making tentative plans for another visit.
written by David Sims , December 04, 2012
Wonderful from start to finish. Even in spite of the torrential rain from the moment we arrived at the Jurys Inn, checking in alongside loads of other Harley/Cockney rebel fans, to the end of the night. Opening few minutes when you came on stage transported me back to being 17 again (and as I am now 56 thats no mean feat!) and the 'oh dear look what they've done to the blues' refrain reminded me so much of coming out of The Rainbow back in 1974. Even the occasional forgetting of the words didnt matter one jot as we all knew the words anyway. So Nina can paint dragon on guitars? More, more and more PLEASE!