First, I have to update on the concert WHICH WAS GREAT!!
We brought with us the album cover we have for their children’s album which was signed by the original members of the band some thirty (schmurgchsh-covers mouth) years ago, not knowing whether we’d get the chance to have it re-signed.
They came out and played a few songs before introducing the band. Only two of the original members are still in it, though George, one of the originals, introduced Ian, who was taking second lead on the vocals, as his cousin. They also announced that they would come out after the final curtain call for autographs. Of course, on the intermission, Shawn and I walked back to where we parked and brought the album cover back with us.
After the show, we got in line for the meet and greet/autographs and patiently waited our turn. We were fairly close to the front of the line so we didn’t wait long. George was in the first chair of the table, followed by Ian and way down on the end was Wilcil, the oldest member of the band, now around 70. When I produced the album, George was stunned for a moment. He told me that it was a rare collectors item now and that people go crazy trying to find it. I had the attention of the table as he turned it over and saw all the signatures. The reactions were amazing. Ian leaned over and pointed to the photo of original member Joe Millar and said “that’s my dad”. It got emotional. We chatted and as we did, the album cover was passed down the line while the band oohed and ahed over it and all signed it with 2013 to denote the new additions. When I got to the end, Wilcil was very quiet. I leaned down close to him and pointed to his picture. “Look at the good lookin’ fella” I said. He patted my hand and with a shaking fist, re-signed his name. Sean, one of the new members next to him had his hand over his mouth.
As much as I loved the concert, and I really did, this moment was pure gold for me.
Now, that being told, last night the family was being silly together (as we do) and we were playing match game in the living room. This turned into about an hour of watching videos on YouTube of old game shows, new game shows and super funny moments, so, I share now with you.