Hey, Phil...I was there too. We were walk-ups and the ticket agent asked 'pavilion or lawn?' The pavilion had been sold out for a hot minute, but the band released some seats they hadn't needed for gear. Total bonus because we hadn't decided until that morning we were going.
You wanna know what was cooler than the eclipse? I was the night I decided to marry my wife. That's cool to this day.
"Everybody loves you-I just love you a little bit more..."
At an AWBH concert in Cleveland the dry cleaner ruined one of those nice white shirts Jon used to wear on stage and he was really pissed off and bitching about it backstage.
I was on summer break from college when the ABWH album came out. The band brought their tour to Cuyahoga Falls in August. It was at Blossom Music Center, an outdoor arena with a terrificly huge lawn to throw down a blanket and listen to good music.
On the night of the ABWH show it was mentioned that there was also going to be a lunar eclipse. I had also heard that the band was going to start the second act of their show right around the time that the eclipse was to start. So that evening came and me and my freinds got there early to grab a good spot on the lawn. Well over 15,000 roared as Jon came walking out through the crowd singing his medley of songs. The other solos were thoroughly enjoyed as well. The band played through the the first half of there show and received a great response for the old and the new songs.
The intermission came and some of us started to look up to the sky. Not a cloud was present as a bright full moon hung over the amphitheater. The intermission seemed fairly long - about a 1/2 hour. Rumor has it that the band was outside the amphitheater watching for a noticable change in the color of the moon. Sure enough, I noticed that the color of the moon had started to change, from a plain white to a daker yellow. That's when the band came out and played Close to the Edge in it's entirety. It was excellent (perfect if Squire would have been there).
Periodically, I would look up at the moon as it changed to a dark red color during the second half of the show. Jon would ocasionally mention the "cosmic light show" that we were treated with and how special it was to be playing during a celestial event like this, which seems to be his style. But that event seemed to be a perfect addition to the concert. By the time the show was over, the moon had more or less returned to its normal color and everybody left. It all seemed a little to perfect. I'll remember it always.
Tony Levin was with them, playing bass with those Lee press-on finger extensions but the most awsome thing about the show was that a lunar eclipse took place that night during "Heart of the Sunrise". Many people walked out from under the pavillion to view it and the view was perfect as was the music. "Heart of the Sunrise" provided an eerie and ominous backdrop to the whole spectacle! I remember Jon saying stuff about it being a magical night. Also, at the beginning of the show, we heard Jon singing but no one was on stage. Suddenly he came down through the audience and WALKED RIGHT IN FRONT OF US (ensconced by security,of course). It was a GREAT show!
I would not be so surprised when I saw the show in Cleveland. Alanna attended this show, the show during a total lunar eclipse. She and I left our seats to stand by the aisle at the start, to see Jon. As he made his way down the stairs, singing Time and a Word, he saw me, took my hand, and caressed Alanna's head.
Now, I had arrived at some pretty decent seats for the show: center, about 20 rows back or so, courtesy of my sister Sue. At the time she worked at the Hollywood Bowl in merchandising, and happened to know the guy in charge of merchandise in Cleveland.
She also knew the name of the man in Detroit, but I had already bought Ticketmaster tickets for that show. We were to pick them up at the venue the night of the concert. Alanna came to this one as well, my 4-year-old good luck charm. I also had memorised a few words to say to Jon, because I had a feeling I would get to meet him again.