Review of Durham show

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The last time I saw Utopia was on the POV tour in 1985 (Normal, IL at Illinois State University, opening for the Tubes). I had never seen this line-up of Utopia and I was not disappointed.

Let me say up front that I am not really much of a prog-rock guy. So I have limited experience with which to compare the efficacy of Kevin Ellman's drumming (he sounded pretty solid to me). It was just enthralling to see and hear songs performed by Todd and his band that I had never seen before (and I've seen him many times). "Heavy Metal Kids," "Do Ya," "Something's Coming," "Seven Rays," "Another Live," and the entire first Utopia album was just such a treat to experience live. "The Wheel" was awesome; it seemed to have kind of a more soul feel than usual. "Just One Victory" is always something to treasure.

Ralph Shuckett is amazing. Kasim and Jesse sang and played well. I thought the band was great.

I was just so happy seeing Todd with a full band, in command on guitar, in fine voice, with his usual wit onstage. It was a tonic for my soul. So glad I went.

Sadly, Moogy Klingman was not present at the show. I knew he was sick but was unaware that he had taken such a turn for the worse. Please pray for him.

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