Monday, May 3, 2010
The first half of the concert (which was really about the first quarter), the Symphony played a few show tunes...All Gershwin. It was great, but I was anxious to see the boys and had to remind myself to just relax and enjoy the WHOLE concert...I did. The music was wonderful and the Symphony sounded beautiful.
After intermission, the feeling in the air was one of anticipation and excitement. The music started to build as the Symphony played behind the announcer who milked every second to a funky version of Zarathustra (2001: A Space Odyssey), finally introducing The Temptations...it worked, people were whistling, screaming and clapping like crazy. Then, in the shadows, out walked these 5 amazingly talented guys, in the dark with only the vibrant green of their matching jackets shining through the blackness...Lights up..."Ladies and Gentlemen....THE TEMPTATIONS!!" (wild applause, screams, and whistles...)
There is only one original left in the group...Otis Williams. He looked amazing and they were all true to form as they sang the music of a past generation that sounded as timeless as when it was first recorded. Of course, they had amazing synchronized moves and were visually entertaining as well.
I couldn't help but think of my son, Tyler and his best friend Phil, who ever since they were 9 or 10, would blast the music of the Temptations from my son's room and sing along at the top of their lungs. The girls and I used to laugh and shake our heads at these two little guys as they knew EVERY word and imitated all of their moves...it was a sweet time in my life that has passed but will forever be resurrected in my heart each time I hear one of those iconic songs...
The show finally came to an end :( but that was OK. We had a wonderful evening of great food, great company, amazing music and wonderful memories. As we were exiting into the lobby, my cell rang and it was my mother who told us to come back stage. We did, and we were able to meet the group as they were mulling around the Musicians Lounge (which is as beautiful as the rest of the hall). Most of the symphony musicians had already left so it was nice to be in a more intimate setting with them. My mom introduced us and they were all so kind and genuine and took time to really talk to us. My mother told them that my dad had worked for Capitol Records and they were more star-struck than we were!! We met the members of their band and here's the Beatles connection...Brad asked their bass player (who was phenomenal, by the way) how he first got interested in playing bass guitar...he said that he LOVED Paul McCartney's style and that's what inspired him!