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That was an amazing adventure for me, which I will never forget. I truly look forward to seeing The Enid again sometime in the future, and to seeing each of you again (or for the first time, for those of you I didn't get a chance to meet this past weekend).
I've had a chance to get over (most) of my jet lag, so I'm ready to make a lengthy post about my experience... sorry!
To those of you I had a chance to meet, thank you for your kindness, and for putting up with me (by the end of the After Show party, I'd had more than my fair share of adult beverages! ). To the rest of you, I hope our paths cross eventually.
Bravo! to Jane, Hailey, and anyone else involved in organizing before-show gatherings, setting up the merchandise table, preparing the after-show party room, and generally being the "glue" that held a lot of this together for me (without you, I would have come into this blind).
Prior to the show, I was warmly welcomed at the pre-show gathering by many people, several of whom bought me shots of Southern Comfort, and thereby started me on my path to blubbering (just kidding, I'd started that process on my own before arriving! ). I met so many nice people at the pre-show party, I honestly would have enjoyed the entire weekend if that event had been the only thing I did all weekend!
The venue... holy crap! what can I say? The Birmingham Symphony Hall is beautiful, and ranks amongst the most impressive music/theater venues I've ever been to (and I've been been to a few). The pictures simply can't do it justice - people need to understand that size and acoustics of a venue can make (or break) a performance, and I've been to few venues that could have supported this band, the orchestra, choir, and audience.
Ok, the show... Having only known of The Enid for a bit over a year (since NEARFest 2010), I don't know all the song titles, what they sound like, their history, what album they came from, blah, blah.... So, I can't offer a title-by-title review, but I can say that all of the music moved me dramatically. The NEARFest performance had a dramatic affect on me (duh, I came to England for a weekend for this show!), but adding an orchestra, a choir, AND (seriously?!?) a rock-inspired solo on a pipe organ!!! This show was over-the-top awesome, and I wish there was a way to express my thanks to everyone involved.
The after-show party was fantastic, and I was humbled by the number of people who wanted to meet or speak with me - I'm not "that guy" that everyone wants to meet, so I was truly humbled when so many people approached me just to say "hi"...
Meeting the band was more than I had ever hoped for! I knew the band would be there for the after-show party, but I also expected their time would be consumed by the crowd, but I was pleasantly surprised at how approachable the band members were. I had a chance to have very nice conversations with Mr. Godfrey and Max, and brief conversations with Dave, Jason, and Nic. They were all so nice to even take the time to say "hey", especially after what must have been a very complex and stressful week (and night), I offer a big THANK YOU to the band for just taking the time to meet with us!
Ok, now I just have to say something about "Max and the Technicolor Dreamcoat"... That jacket was awesome! It's interesting that a garment can be a focus of conversation for a musical event, but that's exactly the case with Max's jacket, based on previous posts. My girlfriend (Angela) and I occasionally host "murder mystery" parties, and we're always looking for things like Max's jacket, because they can say so much about the underlying character (so, Max, being quite a character yourself, does this jacket say something about you? ) Seriously though, I felt the jacket added a lot to the overall "artistic flair" that's so important to a show like this: I don't think the show would have had the same impact (on me) if everyone in the band had worn a homogenous "suit" (such as the one I wore... )....
Regarding the musicianship: I loved everything (except some brief trumpet noise), and that includes the core band, the orchestra, the pipe organ player, the choir, and the conductor. Very professional - finely executed. I wish I'd had more time to speak with Dave Storey (though that's my own fault), because I would've told him that his percussion work was extraordinary... I did get a chance to speak with Nic and Jason briefly, though not as much as I would like.
Anyway, I've consumed more of your time than I should have.