So checking in, this average looking guy next to me strolls up and says "R.U.N.D.", and I get suspicious..so I turn my head to the door and in strolls Todd with luggage on each appendage looking cool nontheless in a black suit and shades.
I play it cool too. I don't blurt out..hey Todd, I'll be there tonite, like I did in New York City (Nearly Human tour). I let the man check in and as he goes by... I say something to the affect that "I'm a diehard..you may know me as Stosh." He smiled even before I said anything and reached out his thumb to shake...it was the only free appendage. He greeted me very kindly.
Note: I take no credit for the lack of flubs during the show despite the fact that I touched his thumb.
The line outside the Majestic Theatre was lively and getting colder by the minute. Inside, Royston Langdon already had started. I liked the fact that he was not shy about "belting it out" in voice and guitar. Really enjoyable.
TR gave more effort than I had ever seen him give. He was deliberate and sincerely belted out words and chords. The joking was non-stop with the crowd..which even helped him on the Black and White chorus. He added "Lunatic Fringe" on behalf of the war effort and opened with Lysistrata.
All the people I met in Detroit were open and lighthearted. It was my first time there, and I have not seen a more depressing downtown since...Russia probably. By the way, The Ohio Players and Cheap Trick are in town this week too.