Well, as promised...here is your third installment of our Rocky Mountain High.
Last stop, Denver CO--home of the world champion, Denver Broncos. Ask me if I got
tired of Bronco-mania...... I felt the same way up in Green Bay last
October when everywhere we went there was something cheese-like to be bought as a
souvenir. Sorry, I LOVE sports but I get tired of the hype. [Someone remind me
I said that when My Jazz win the NBA finals]. I can only imagine how someone feels
who hates it.
The Paramount Theatre...one of those "over-dressed", big, honkin' movie
theatres of days gone by. Back before the Cineplex Twelves and the video
stores on every corner. Back when going to a show was a dress-up occasion
and there weren't 50 to choose from on any given weekend. This Theatre is a
big venue with a nice balcony and a ceiling that seems five stories tall. It
was a smaller crowd than Greeley, but I saw bunches of cowboy hats, and that
is always a good sign. There were also lots of Kathy T-Shirts being worn--all
in all, a younger, crowd with that "Let's party" look on their faces. I
with my travelling Colorado bud, Terri Stewart (a fan club member with
Graybeard status) and she had scored us some more primo seats... Again, it
felt deja vu-ish in that this was the same Aspen-Denver trip I had taken three
years ago with my son, Vezhead---or Bryan as his friends know him.
I never have really recounted a concert from start to finish but I think for
this one I'd like to try. There were so MANY memorable moments... <sigh>
Kathy came out to an enthusiastic Denver crowd, dressed in the Love Travels.
(the outfit from the record cover) She had that inch and a half exposed
midriff thing happening. AND in all three cities I heard this comment from
nearby seats: She chopped her hair OFF!!!!! I am thinking like, DUH where
have you guys been, when I realized that in this world there probably are
people out there who don't know the comings and goings of KM like we do. I
mean she sneezes, and one of us is there to say Gezundheit, practically.
Anyway, we are plunged into PATIENTLY WAITING, followed closely by TIME PASSES BY.
Then Kathy takes a long look around and voices everyone's pleasure that the Paramount has
indeed, survived another year. (By the way, some of you might be interested to know
that the theatre tacked a whopping $50 fee on top of the admission fee to seats in the
first five or so rows. I almost swallowed my tongue, but being a trooper,
"gladly" contributed to the fund to save the Paramount.) Followed by
STANDING KNEE DEEP, FT. WORTH (of course she had to pander to the Coloradoans assembled by
saying that she hoped someone would whisk her away from Ft. Worth, too..given the choice
of Boulder or Ft. Worth there is no choice....) and then happily we were treated to GOIN'
Then came the big suck-up. The Elway tribute!!! Here's my best effort.
sung to the tune of 18 Wheels And A Dozen Roses.
Elway got a big ring
Won it in the big game
After years and years of kicking round the NFL
The whole country watched it on TV
Even Monica Lewinsky
And the President watched whole thing from his big screen TV
18 Broncs and a dozen cheeseheads
One more try before he gets too old
A few more cheers from the fans in the stadium
And everyone will know that Denver won the Superbowl
Captain Potato Music
Now, that's my best guess at the lyrics. Don't hold me to them. Maybe Ellen
McDonald, Kathy's Fan Club President' can get them and put 'em in the next Street
Talk? I mean, really. "Our Kathy" is a burgeoning songwriter and
this is PROOF.
All I can tell you is that she brought the house down. And then she launched
into the real 18 WHEELS, to more thundering applause. Next was a great
version of COME FROM THE HEART with a new intro that took me a while to figure out.
SENDING ME ANGELS, I'M ON YOUR SIDE, MY GOD (ate it up), LOVE TRAVELS and then an
Coming back on stage they kicked it off with INTO THE NIGHT (guitar duet),
NOBODYS GONNA RAIN, CLOWN IN YOUR RODEO and then another surprise. Kathy starts to
intro the song Love at the Five and Dime, looks over and sees Bill with the wrong guitar
and does a mid-course correction. She does A FEW GOOD THINGS with another dedication
(blushing and overwhelmed---again)!! Then follows up with UNTOLD STORIES. At
this point, it got nuts. I mean major league funny. In all my travels I've
never seen Kathy so quick on her feet...so witty...so in control of a show. While
telling the really touching story of her parents aging --setting up FURTHER AND FURTHER
AWAY, a cell phone rings. She stops mid sentence and mentions that very fact.
Takes the mic off the stand and walk to the edge of the stage, shields her eyes from the
spotlight and asks the phone owner to bring that phone up to the stage and let her (Kathy)
talk to the "interrupter". The crowd is laughing, the poor lady from in
back of me fairly whispers, "It's my pager" apologetically. Kathy of
course milked it for all its worth, but it was priceless. That poor woman. The call
was SO perfectly timed. So, KM does FAFA, follows up with MARY DID YOU KNOW.
Then boom, right into READY FOR THE STORM. Three more powerful, soulful ballads were
never written, right? Right. Well, some cowboy somewhere yells WHERE'VE YOU
BEEN? breaking the spell a skosh and Kathy wheels in his direction and does the
mock-Valley girl thing-- "Like DUH, I've been right here in the
spotliiiiight." She has set her guitar down and is getting ready to
introduce the band when she notices that more than an inch and a half of midriff is
showing. Tugging at the top that is designed NOT to tuck in, she says, "How
Shania Twain of me!" Big laughs. Well, she does the band intros and it is
funny in and of itself, but then as she is finishing some guy yells out "Who are
YOU?" She didn't hear and Gerry tells her what he'd said, and she turns in his
direction and says, Why I'm Shania Twain!" Two Twain zingers...You go girl
Well, I may have the sequence wrong but what would happen next was something I'll long
remember. Kathy took the opportunity to tell us that she hoped we had enjoyed this
show because they had gone to a lot of trouble to make it special. The reason being
of course, that it was the farewell performance for some band members, and some crew.
At that point she lost it, regained control and started to publicly thank crew who
had been around for years.. (At one point Kathy, wiping at the tears, said that she felt
like she was doing the Judd Farewell concert)....Jay came out and there were tearful hugs
(women AND men...) She mentioned that Tina had received a recording contract recently and
would be part of a trio... and she brought Kathy Wolter on stage as well. It
was hard to watch because those of you who follow Kathy know these people and the thought
of them going separate ways is sad.... This happy and close "family" took
a long bow to a very appreciative and in some cases, weepy crowd. It would have been
bittersweet for the most unenlightened fan, I'm sure. Think what it did to us poor
diehards on the front row, watching
Well they encored with Love the One You're With and were brought right back
out with HARLEY, done because fans were pleading... 26 SONGS...without a
doubt the longest and most gut-wrenching experience of my Kathygig life. I
will stand by the Christmas Minneapolis show as the most musically satisfying
concert of all, but this one will long remain a favorite for the love that
filled the room and the honest emotion that we were lucky to share. Amazing.
Well, I'm exhausted just thinking about it! Kathy came out into the theatre
for the meet n' greet and the gal I was with had a pass. It was a large
group, but it went quickly. I had a chance to say goodbye and we talked about
several things...one of which was fans and how grateful she was to each of
you. I guess after that "performance" she wanted me to know that she was
still gonna be around doing the acoustic things and that the bigger sound may
indeed be back next year... As I left the theatre and on my way home, I
thought: how lucky are the fans who knew the John Mock years....what a great
blessing to have known the music of Monster Truck Pull....losing the Suzy's
and the Yudkins and the Tommys was tough, but out of the ashes came the "new"
band and arrangements that were honestly wonderful, with songs redone so well that I never
missed the older versions.... now this acoustic period! I hope over the next 30 or
so shows, we can all find one to attend--just to say we
did. Just to see where she'll take us next. I for one, CANNOT WAIT.
Sorry for the length of this post. But it was three of the best hours I've
spent in a long, long time... Ciao for now.
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