by Jerry Noonan

Todd and the band pulled off another great performance for all of the faithful in Cincinnati at Bogart's Sunday night. Everyone forgot about the 17" of snow on the ground outside as the Tiki Lounge Quintet cranked it up for everyone. We were transported to the isles via a great instrumental version of "Caravan" in which Kaz displayed some great work on the bass.

Todd sang most of the tunes from the new CD, and was met with a resounding applause when he started into "Real Man". Word is that Todd is still battling the flu, but it appears that he has been able to overcome any vocal shortcomings as displayed with a great rendition of "Lost Horizon".

The second set was initiated by "The Indidualist" by the island stranger. TR offered up great versions of "Eastern Intrigue", "I Can't Stop Running", and "Hot Expresso".

The third set started with acoustic versions of "Tiny Demons" and the Beatles' "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away" which were both outstanding. My memory's kind of blurred at this point but I do remember "I'm So Proud & Ooh Baby Baby" which provided a warm fuzzy feeling for everyone. The extended cool jazzy version of "Born to Synthesize" was great with solos from Jesse and John. Todd finished the show by serenading the drunk at the bar with "A Dream Goes On Forever" which provided the perfect ending to a great night.

Todd has always outdone himself with each tour, and this one seems to be no exception to the rule. My only question now---when will the next tour come through town. I enjoyed talking to all the people prior to the show, it"s always great to others with the same enthusiasm and more!

Jerry Noonan
Cincinnati, Ohio