They played at the Hi-Fi in West End, Brisbane last Saturday, 28th June 2014.
Left to Right: Tony Levin, Markus Reuter, Julie Slick, Adrian Belew, Me, Pat Mastelotto and Tobias Ralph.
Not only are these musicians some of the worlds best but they are the nicest, most decent human beings you could possible imagine.
This was taken at the Sound Check which some of us were lucky to have bought tickets to.
Big thanks to Grahame, one of my kids, who sacrificed the last hour of the show to relieve the Baby Sitter for his younger step brother and sister and also pointing Adrian and Pat in the direction of the eateries.
Did I ask them any questions on music? No.
I did blurb to Tony Levin, "I've been a long-time fan", to which he politely replied, "Thanks".
I asked Adrian Belew, how his hotel accommodation had been: to which he replied,"Err, nice...thanks...".
Pat Mastelotto was just 'Uncle Pat' and we shared family photos over a beer. For some reason, I could imagine him chopping down trees with just his bare hands.
Julie had funny shoes and could play bass at a million miles an hour (right hand just a blur).
She was also the nicest person I could imagine. I'm single, Julie...
Didn't have much to do with Markus (don't know why, everyone else said he was terrific). He also opened the show with mind altering stick playing.
Lastly Tobias. If he wasn't being one of the worlds most amazing drummers, I'm sure he would have been some kind of angel (probably is). This guy is goodness personified.
At the end of the Sound Check, we were privileged to hear B'Boom, a drum piece played by Pat the Bulldozer on Steroids and Tobias the Sports Car on Amphetamines (metaphorically, not literally).
Reminded me of Homer Simpson on the Vibrating Chair were he is drawn into hyperspace, 2001: A Space Odyssey style. It was like being sucked into something gigantic and overpowering and no escape pod.
At the actual concert about an hour later, we were treated to over two hours of sensational music. A lot of it making more sense played as live pieces.
A big 'Thank You' to very hard working, dedicated and beautiful people.
When the Rapture comes, you guys will be gone.