First of all, it was really great to see a big name act in our backyard. We did not have to travel six hours one direction, fight the stresses and stretches of two lane highway, try to negotiate with the boss for time off, saw a fantastic concert and still were able to sleep in our own beds at a human time.
The choice of material was great. As a baby boomer, I was really taken back to better times (the 60's). We got to listen to the same set list as the other places with "A Salty Dog" replacing "Conquistador". "Salty Dog" was breathtaking, as was "Whiter Shade of Pale".
"White Room" really did it for me. I could even remember the lyrics as I did when I first heard it.
"Sunshine of your Love" lasted at least ten minutes and held the audience in awe.
"All Right Now" by Simon Kirke excited Todd so much he climbed the mains and almost jumped into the balcony, never missing a beat; and he let the kids strike the guitar while he was standing on the speakers. It was truly a magical moment in time! We have never seen anything like it.
The energy level during "Bang the Drum All Day" was intense, to say the least. Ringo looked like he was truly enjoying every moment of Todd's performance.
My life partner is a giutarist/keyboardist who is learning to play fretless bass, and was highly inspired by Jack Bruce's performance.
Even though Timmy Capello is more noted for his percussion work, his Hammond playing on the Procol Harum songs, especially Whiter Shade of Pale, brought back the authentic tones of Matthew Fisher quite well.
Lastly, but not least, what can be said for Ringo Starr other than we were truly blessed here In the Redwood Empire to host a former Beatle; a dream that comes true maybe once in a lifetime.
The only drawback, if any, to the concert, would be that Todd's guitar was under the mix during his solos, but it could be heard fine when he sang. I would have liked less bass overall, especially the drums, and would have liked a little more volume to all the vocals.
Overall, a Terrific Show, and thanks again for coming to Eureka, California.
The highlight of the show for me, at least, was catching Timmy's drum stick with his name imprinted on it.
Carole and Rand