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6/15 - Maui Arts Amphitheater


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Just found this online for all of you lucky fans in Hawaii:

"A Walk Down Abbey Road" rock 'n' roll concert with Christopher Cross, Todd Rundgren, Alan Parsons, Jack Bruce, Mark Farner and Eric Carmen, 7 p.m. Saturday (gates open at 5:30 p.m.), A&B Amphitheater, Maui Arts & Cultural Center; $35 reserved general and $45 limited premiere table seating; also an after-concert reception to meet the musicians, a benefit for Mana'o Radio, 10 p.m. Saturday, Schaefer International Gallery, Maui Arts & Cultural Center; $50. (808) 242-7469.

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Abbey Road at Blaisdell Arena, Honolulu, 6-16-02:

Aloha, Eric fans!

The concert was fun and nostalgic. It moved well from song to song and artist to artist. It seems that most of the songs were chosen but that the group is still trying different songs out. AT least one song was done impromptu. The Beatles covers were fun.

Eric's two solo songs were kind of obvious choices (a rocking "Go All The Way" and the only piano-based song the whole night -- "All By Myself"). Seems like Eric was just getting started then it was time to move to the next soloist. Eric soaked in his ovation for a few moments...

Eric was also featured on a few Beatles tunes. If anyone really wants to know, I can wrack my brain to think of which ones.

One nice surprise was an "unplugged" section of Beatles songs. I wished that Eric and the others could have done a few more originals and less Beatles BUT they can't please all the people all the time! With so many rockers from the 70's, I expected a wall of Marshall amplifiers...Instead, a very modest stage & lighting with hi-tech (little) amplifiers. ALL of the stars were right up front -- get close up seats if you see them.

Eric was right in the center, a little on the right side if facing the stage. He may have had too much sun in Maui (he looked relaxed, tanned and had some trouble nailing the highest notes though he is still in fine voice). The overall volume was just right for the mostly-middle-aged crowd. It was great fun to see a few younger folks going right up to the stage and dancing despite the security guards' attempts to get them to sit back down. By the end of the night all of us were on our feet letting the music and musicians transport us back to a wonderful rocking time.

Aloha -- Chet

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Hi Julie (and ladies who notice his hair):

Eric's hair looked just as it does in the picture attachment in Bernie's 6/15 email above. I think he wore jeans and an untucked long-sleeved shirt. All the musicians dressed comfortably except Todd Rundgren who was in a suit of some sort! Have fun at the concert! Aloha.

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