Usually I do these tour pages in reverse sequencial order. But this time it's going to be a bit out of sequence,
just for fun.
The first show, in Vancouver, was wild and wooly for us - first show of the tour and we hadn't had much rehearsal time.
That makes it fun in a way - there will be surprises for the musicians, and it'll never again be quite that surprising!
I was also adjusting to a new camera. And with very little time or attention to spend on the photos, I got some like this.
Nice, eh. (I'm saying "eh" a lot, it's a Canada tour, you know.)
What did we do when cameras shot film and you'd only find out after shooting a
whole roll and devoping it that something is wrong with the shots? Ah well, soon nobody will even remember those days.
Anyway, I'm sure the photos will get better as I learn some of the camera's quirks.
And even at this first show, some of the photos came out well.
That is, if you like impressionism!
I know, those of you who were there are relieved now that you can recognize somebody in the shots!
On to Calgary.
Having so many blurry shots the first night, I took more audience shots in Calgary. Like them all.
Next show was in Edmonton. They've all been good, but they're getting better as we gel more as a band.
I did a small instore appearance in the afternoon at Long & McQuade.
And only got one decent audience shot this night.
(Also the shot of Todd alone that's at the top of this page.)
Back when we arrived in Canada, there was some fuss with our luggage at the airport. Here is the excerpt from my main page diary:
We're in Vancouver, and rehearsed, ready to start Todd Rundgren's tour of Canada tonight at the Commodore Ballroom.
Looking for a quick name for this tour, we were considering Planes,
Trains & Automobiles, since we'll be using a lot of different transportation in this short trip that will go from Vancouver to Montreal.
But, now that we're underway, other
names have popped up too.
"Dawn Patrol" seemed appropriate when we left for Vancouver - our flight from Newark was at 7:30 a.m. and with new airport rules that meant getting
there by 5a.m.
Then the tour nearly became the "Cruise Control" when we landed in Vancouver, waited hours for our luggage, only to be told it had inadvertantly been loaded
in with other luggage being transferred to a cruise ship. Not wanting to have our guitar pedals somewhere off Alaska while we played elsewhere, we hung out in the airport until
things had been resolved, and a mere three hours after landing, we headed off from the airport, to set up for rehearsing.
Rehearsals were at a place outside of Vancouver, called Future Music.
And on the morning of the Vancouver show, a few of use went to visit Radial Engineering - a great company located outside the city. I have used their JDI direct box for years, and
it was fun looking over their new pedals and stuff.
And, here's a few of the people on the tour - I'll get shots up of the others on the next page about the tour.
Mary Lou, our intrepid road manager
George Cowans doing front of house sound
Robert Frazza doing monitors
Jesse Gress on guitar
Jerry Marotta on drums
Okay - more to come from the Todd Rundgren scamper across Canada. And on a new page so loading all the picutres doesn't get too cumbersome.