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Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Monday, August 07, 2006

Welcome To The Couch...Sit on Down and get comfy...
The Soul Patrol is descending on Birmingham, AL today and tomorrow. The American Idol Tour is making it's next stop in the hometown of Idol winner Taylor Hicks. Over a hundred members of the Patrol have made their reservations and are checking in to the hotel as we speak.

With my situation, I was not able to make this trip, though I feel like I will be there in spirit. The concert is tomorrow and, as has happened all along the tour, Taylor's band (formally the Taylor Hicks Band and now the Little Memphis Blues Orchestra) is booked in town. They have been booked in many of the cities while the tour is in town, allowing Taylor to sneak out late at night and be himself on stage. His AI performances are good, but from listening to the mp3's, his performances with the LMBO are spectacular.

LMBO (L to R): Brian; Zippy; Mitch; Sam>>

Expect an overflow crowd to be hanging at the local bar tonight and tomorrow, hoping and praying
Taylor makes his appearance. In other cities, Elliott and Ace have also shown with Taylor and, the reports claim, jammed until late in the morning (or is it early in the morning???).

Saturday, my friend Andy called and explained he had tickets to Hootie and the Blowfish at the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton that evening. It seems he had purchased these tickets months ago and had forgotten about them. Then his sister decided to have a party, so the concert was out. Did I want all 4? I said sure and we invited our friends Gil & Maria to join us. It has been awhile since I have gone to a concert. The place was only about a third full. Seems Hootie are not the draw they were 6-7 years ago. The thing that really got to me was that most of the people there were my age!!! Man, me to a concert with people younger and let me enjoy! I tend to be a chameleon, meaning I blend in with the age group I am with. So, there we were, watching all of these middle-age folks coming in with their Hootie t-shirts and hats...Then there were the two guys behind us who kept yelling out "HOOTIE...HOOTIE" and I was real tempted to turn around and say "Ya know..there isn't anyone named Hootie in the band." it reminded me of when people used to ask "Which one is Jetho Tull?" DUH!

I have always enjoyed the band, but...nah, not enough to buy the t-shirt. They put on a good show, about 2.5 hours of non-stop music. They finished and came out for their first encore. Then left the stage and came back for the second encore...which was a Cheap Trick song. As they left the stage Maria said "Well, I guess it is over." I told her it couldn't be...the lights were still off..there was a guitar tech making some adjustments on stage and NO BAND ENDS A CONCERT ON SOMEONE ELSE'S SONG! Of course they came back out (They were coming back even if people were not clapping!).

All in all a good show. But I sure would have loved it to have been Taylor and the LMBO so much more. Maybe in the near future.
I hope my friends in Birmingham have a great time, at the party tonight...playing tomorrow...and at the concert tomorrow evening. I would have loved to have actually met them in person..

These friends I have made on the internet over the last 7 months. I would love to list them all, but know I will forget someone and then I will be in trouble....

I know.. let them comment if they are there! YEAH..THAT'S THE TICKET!

If only I had a ticket.... OH well...

C'mon...I know there has to be atleast one laptop in that group...make some noise from Bham - let us hear you loud and strong!

Thanks for sitting on the Couch, hope you enjoyed your stay.

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Keep that spark of insanity kids...It helps keep you an individual.

9 Of Your Sparks

  1. Dixiechick Says:
  2. Hey Bond, I didn't have tickets either. So I guess it's just me you and Anndi all alone on the Big Leather Couch. Oh, I bet we could get the Damm Lurking Duck to sit with us too. If he around lurking somewhere. I would be willing to bet on that too. Geez, with all these bets, we could be RICH!!! LMOO!

    Hope everyone that is in B'ham is having a great time.

  3. Anonymous Says:
  4. Ok, where's Jerry? Don't dangle bait like that then keep me cooling my heels for a week!

    Sounds like B'ham is a blast - been following the action on a podcast.

  5. Bond Says:
  6. what podcast??? where????


    c'mon..give info


    Jerry passed on the 9th, which is when you will read his story.

  7. Bond Says:
  8. Found the podcast...

  9. Dana Says:
  10. Hey Bond - mention me! Huh? I'm your friend, right? And mention that I'm still waiting on my phone call from Taylor :)

  11. Turnberry Says:
  12. Y'all cannot fathom just how talented, charismatic and sexy Taylor Hicks is until you have seen him live and playing with a heart full of joy. Unbelievable. I have the photos to prove it but they still do not do him justice.

    Meeting so many of my Soul Patrol friends has been amazing. I feel incredibly lucky to have met so many fun, funny, wonderful, giving and loving people.

  13. robsg1rl Says:
  14. I will be there August 8th at the BJCC in the Ham, watching the concert, and thinking to myself the whole time, gee, I wish Bond could be here. Gee, I wish Dixie could be here. Gee, I wish Damm could be here. Etc, etc.....It won't be the same without SPer's like you.

    But there's always the Taylor Hicks concerts in years to come!!! Woo! Soul Patrol!!!

  15. robsg1rl Says:
  16. PS. I am always reminded of Cuba Gooding's line in Jerry MacGuire..."No, I am not Hootie." LOL

    Hey....$832 M???? Maybe looking like Hootie's not such a bad thing. Hmmmmmmmm

  17. Angell Says:
  18. Hey - let's not forget about ME. I couldn't make it to Bham either....

    geez, everyone forgets me these days...

    Hope y'all had a good time and took lots of pictures to share with those who had to stay home.



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