Bob was guessing all kinds of places he thought I was taking him. I thought I was going to be able to surprise him.
On Saturday, he came into the office while I was working and said, "Might tonight's kidnap have something to do with the Majestic Theatre?"
"Probably," I replied.
How did he figure that out? He looked like the cat that ate the canary. He was so proud of himself. While he was out on his 20-mile marathon-training run, they ran past the Majestic Theatre where the marquee stated, "ARW* - An Evening of Yes Music," or something to that effect. A light bulb went off and he wondered if that might be where I was taking him. And it was. [*ARW = Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman (the powerhouses of the prog rock band "Yes" over the years).]
After work, I changed clothes and we caught the bus downtown. We arrived a block from the theater at 7:10 pm and the concert started at the Majestic Theatre at 8:00 pm. We had time for a quick dinner at Subway, then made our way to the theater.
|Stage at Majestic before show|
The concert started about 8:25 pm and went strong until 10:20 pm. How can I describe the the wondrous music we heard? The music they create produces waterfalls of notes, rich tapestries of sound that have the smoothness of Rick Wakeman's velvet capes with the sparkling attributes of the sequins on his cape. Then in another song, there's dissonance and complexity.
What is amazing to us is Rick Wakeman's mastery of the keyboards. I counted five or six keyboards, and he could play two of them at once. It's no wonder he wears capes; he is a wizard of the keyboards!
Our ears, mind and spirit were filled with years' worth of Anderson-Rabin-Wakeman music. Yes was originally formed in 1968. Anderson-Rabin-Wakeman are the heart and soul of the band "Yes." However, they cannot use the name "Yes" because there is currently a band touring with the rights to use that name; so they are now ARW.
Songs they played included:
- Hold On
- I've Seen All Good People
- Rhythm of Love
- Long Distance Runaround
- Perpetual Change
- Owner of a Lonely Heart
When it was time to catch the late bus back to the RV park, the 10:30 pm and the 11:30 pm bus did not come by. We were tired, it was late. I finally asked another bus driver what happened to our bus. He said I needed to talk to the Transit Supervisor in the lime green jacket. I walked over to the corner. The Transit Supervisor said, "The 42 late bus does not stop there anymore. You must not have ridden the late bus for three months." (That's true, we hadn't.)
The late bus stop for our route was moved to a different street 1-1/2 blocks from where we had been waiting. Man, that was a bummer. The next bus wouldn't be until 12:30 am. and we weren't waiting around any longer. We called Yellow Cab and they had us home by midnight...at a cost of $15. Now we know where to catch the late bus.
Travel Bug out.