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Florida Lowdowners Meeting: Sept 17, 2005 UPDATE: Concert ROCKED! Video Included!


ATM

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I've discovered what Ross Valory does in his spare time when not touring with Journey...

 

http://www.journeymusic.com/images/rosspromo04.jpg -> http://www.mi6.co.uk/sections/eon/images/defoe2.jpg -> http://movietrailers.studiostore.com/images/p/SDR/pdPOSDR0005.jpg

 

He terrorizes New York and tries to kill Spider Man.

 

The concert rocked. More later.

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Okay, I'm finally up. Concert rocked :thu: , they needed to crank up the bass even though they put Mr. Valory center-stage and in the spotlight a few times.

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B000B5XZSS.01._SCMZZZZZZZ_.jpg

Will have some video and a couple of pics after a while, including the question of the night, "And what have we learned?" ;)

 

ATM

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Okay, heres my official take on the Florida Lowdowners Meeting at the Journey Generations Concert September, 17th 2005. Due to the small number of pictures taken, pictures will be added later, in the meantime, enjoy the video.

 

The drive up to Tampa was easy, as it was a Saturday afternoon and not a weekday afternoon. Cell-phones make meeting up so dern easy. Davio positioned himself on the side of the road and jumped in as I pulled up. I had driving directions printed out, but since I had Davio with me, I figured that a young lad as familiar with Tampa as himself, we would have no issues getting to the venue. My mistake.

 

The Ford Amphitheatre is a very nice and new structure which is visible from several close intersecting highways. Yep, we could see it, but just couldnt get to it. We pulled up to the VIP/Employee Entrance and I asked the attendant how we get {pointing} There! His response was to tell me to follow that truck. Well, that truck evidently wasnt the shuttle in front of us as it led us to the smoke shop at the Seminal Hard Rock Casino across (under) the interstate. Also, we found that other people were told to follow that truck, because when I went to turn around, there were other vehicles right behind us.

 

I remembered seeing a bridge over the interstate that led in the right direction and took a chance, and it paid off. Free and close parking right on the fairgrounds! We loaded and locked up and headed for the gates. I confused the gate people with the extra ticket I had, but it came in handy because right after entering, we presented our tickets for the Generations CD. Stackimo, Ive got your copy. Looking around, we saw the typical vending stands and the beautiful Generations Chopper by a bike maker that Davio will have to supply a name to. I declined to wait in line to put in a $3 chance for the bike and went off to find T-shirts. We eventually got to the front of the T-shirt line and each got the concert T since the rest can be acquired online. A couple next to us were up to $230 worth of merch and were still going strong.

 

Up to our seats, which were easily accessible and comfortable, we settled in. Concert Intro

 

Davio kept getting messages and calls on his cell phone which reminded me of BGO, when he came to Florida. Davio\'s Impression of BGO

 

The concert started. I was looking onstage and was wondering who the rhythm guitarist was, then realized it was Steve Augeri, newest lead vocalist. I was surprised, as the last Journey concert I saw, he was not playing any stringed instrument. Concert Start

 

They started out with several songs from the first three Journey albums (pre-Perry) which are hardly ever heard by anybody except by us diehards.

 

A couple of times, they put bass player, Ross Valory up front and center. Ross Valory Front & Center Ross Centered Again

 

Ross even sings the song Gone Crazy which, I believe, is about an ex-wife. Makes sense to me. Gone Crazy

 

Intermission came, and it looked like the band changed clothes, Steve looked like he just came out of the shower. I thought that it made a lot of sense, since this is an outside venue in Florida in September. They rocked with some of the hits and some off the latest album. Ask The Lonely

 

Neal did an excellent rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, which brought everybody to their feet. Star Spangled Banner

 

Then went into Stone In Love, in which we all find out just how bad of a singer I am. Stone In Love

 

The show ended with an encore of their blues classic, Lovin, Touchin, Squeezin.

 

Getting out of the parking lot wasnt too bad, considering the driving abilities of the average person in Florida. We took off back towards where I picked up Davio to find someplace to eat, and more importantly, get something to drink. Now for those of you who havent had the pleasure of meeting Davio, one would think that instead of Scottish, he was of Irish decent. Yes, he has the gift of gab. I pointed out an exit off the interstate I thought was what we wanted, but was told no, we wanted to be a bit further south. As we talked (Im a good listener) we got further and further south. I was just about to ask if he wanted to eat before we got to Naples when Davio realized that we had been driving for a while. When we turned around, we found that we were 12 miles south of our intended destination.

 

Stopping in a Chilis, we each got a burger and had the waitress running to keep up with our drinks. Met some ladies who had been to the concert as well. One complained that they didnt play, Oh Sherri. I tried to explain that that was a Steve Perry song and that Steve Perry wasnt with Journey anymore, but she kept saying that they were all Steve Perry songs, I gave up. Donated to St. Judes childrens hospital and got a T-shirt. The caption I gave to the previous Florida LowDown get-together was, We Came, We Saw, We Drooled. Turned out that the shirt from Chilis said, I Came, I Saw, I Colored, in reference to a Chili you can color in with a donation. I have long ago disregarded all of my coincidences.

 

Dropping Davio off at his vehicle, he said, See those lights over there? and started swearing. I thought that his vehicle had been stolen, because the car with the brake lights on was the only one there. Turned out that that was his car. Battery was still able to start the car, so things could have been worse. At least we both had jumper cables, Davio because he had just had battery issues, and me because Im a good Minnesotan. After Show Comments

 

All in all, I think a good time was had by all, :thu: and not too many miles were driven out of the way. ;)

 

ATM

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I'm gonna have to go get that cord for my computer speakers now.

 

You bring up a valid point ATM...I can blame my heritage for my shortcomings. ;) In my defense, though, I must say that I thought you were pointing to the upcoming exit sign rather than the one we were passing at the time.

 

The chopper mentioned above was made by Arlen Ness (God bless the Discovery Channel) and featured the cover art of every Journey cd. Somewhat tackey in my taste but a beautifully done job nonetheless.

 

As a side note: the ladies we saw at Chili's had mouths worse than sailors in port. I didn't expect to hear what I did coming from them while they were at the bar.

 

As far as my brake lights, I still haven't gotten that fixed. I worked on it for awhile the other day but I haven't been able to get it fixed. I now know what the problem is but one of my friends (who until recently worked in an auto shop) is coming to help me out on his next day off. Fortunately I don't have to drive much in the next few days since I have to disconnect the battery every time I park so that it doesn't drain.

 

All that fun and we got to witness two young so-and-so's get escorted by cops from their battleground about 5 rows back. I love the effects of alcohol on masses of toked-up young people at a concert.

 

It really was a great time, though. The rest of you Sunny State residents really missed out. I was never a Journey fan (I was one of those people that said "Oh, Journey did that song?") but the concert was awesome and the company not too objectionable. :D

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Okay, got what pics of the concert I have developed. Here's Davio and I after just getting in through the gate.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v506/atmofmn/Bass/davioatm.jpg

 

And here's the Journey Chopper.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v506/atmofmn/Bass/journeybike.jpg

Glad I had the one-time video camera, that put a lot of stuff in context.

 

And of course Davio, you know I kid you because I love you like a brother. :D

 

ATM

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omg! I just took a look at the videos. Too funny. Poor Davio was put on the spot by ATM. Sorry I missed it. Next time I can help Davio out with the questioning.

"Some people are like "slinkies". They're not really good for anything;

but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a

flight of stairs."

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Splendid, gentlemen, splendid! What it lacked in sound and production quality was more than compensated for by your riveting narratives and jocular extemporaneous commentary. ;) You guys just set the standard for how reviews should be done for the Forum in the future.

:thu:

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Originally posted by Fred the bass player:

Splendid, gentlemen, splendid! What it lacked in sound and production quality was more than compensated for by your riveting narratives and jocular extemporaneous commentary. ;) You guys just set the standard for how reviews should be done for the Forum in the future.

:thu:

...or something. :rolleyes:
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