When the “Sail Rock” tour began, Peter and Ronn had reservations about how it would turn out. It had been a while since Ronn was on tour, but Peter knew most of the boys that were touring in this lineup. What no one expected was for this tour to be such a bonding of genuine admiration and friendship between all of them.
Since I saw the concert several times, it’s safe to say I can properly critique it. Personally, I thought it was fantastic each and every time and I’m not just saying that because I’m partial to Player. All of these guys were simply fantastic musicians and filled every venue with crowds of people who I know would agree with me. The audiences participated with singing along, clapping and dancing to their favorite songs that I’m sure brought back fond old memories.
As the tour progressed, the boys had John Ford Coley open the show. John is a natural at this and his sense of humor is timeless. I have come to adore him and his jokes. I’m reading his book, “Backstage Pass” now and he writes just as he speaks. I highly recommend it. Jock who is one of the original members of “Firefall” is an amazing artist and I was very impressed with his work. The boys from “Orleans” include former NY senator, John Hall along with Lance, Lane and Fly who kept us all laughing with his jokes.
Christopher Cross was quiet at first, but once you get him talking that boy is just a good ole Texan with a great sense of humor too. Then there’s Gary Wright and Robbie Dupree who is just one of a kind and keeps you in stitches constantly. I’ve never seen Peter and Ronn laugh so much and have so much fun as they did on this tour. They have made some friends for life and as the “Sail Rock” tour slowly comes to an end I know it’s indeed a new beginning for all of them.
There are other tours in the works for next year and Player will sail on to some exotic local. Apparently, lots of locations and other countries are now getting interested in Player. And Peter and Ronn look forward to more adventures touring and will sail on into the sunset with some fun in the sun.
I think the future looks very bright for all these guys because this music is timeless and classic and will never go out of style. You may not recognize the musicians instantly, but you certainly recognize the music. I think anyone that went to the “Sail Rock” concert will agree it was one of the best shows this summer!
It had been almost two weeks without hubby while he continued his “Sail Rock” tour with Orleans, Firefall, John Ford Coley, Robbie Dupree and Gary Wright. I needed some alone time as I was still grieving losing my Romeo. However, meeting hubby in St. Louis excited me and the thought of continuing on to Finland was something I was looking forward to since I’ve never been there. I had to board an early flight and my morning started off with a series of surprises. The car I ordered to picked me up was upgraded to a stretch limo and the driver, Saloman was amazing. He even offered to stop at Starbucks for my morning cappuccino! I thought he followed my tweets or was just sent from heaven to make my morning brighter. We had a enlightening conversation and got to the airport effortlessly and on time.
It was nice to visit St. Louis and I hadn’t been there is many years. The crowd in the Family arena was enthused about the concert and it seemed that all the talent was having alot of fun so far with this tour. They had just played New Jersey and Indianapolis with great crowds as well. I had a wonderful chat with Christopher Cross who invited us to visit Texas. It’s funny but Ronn was conceived in Texas and has been all over the world, but never to Texas, so I told Chris that we just may take him up on that offer. I’m just happy to see Ronn having fun on this tour and making new friends. It’s just wonderful that he’s so happy and doing what he loves and it’s awesome how positive the fans are responding, not to mention beautiful to witness. So if you haven’t caught a show yet, I highly recommend it!
Robbie Dupree and John Ford Coley kept us all laughing with terrific stories. I promised to give John a copy of one of my books if he gave me his book entitled, “Backstage Pass” because it’s loaded with all these amazing stories. Firefall and Orleans were all a great group of guys having a terrific time and all such talented musicians. So the St. Louis audience seemed to be having a super fun time and even rushed the stage at the end of the concert. We left early the next morning to catch our flight to Finland where Ronn does a mysterious, but cool campaign. More on that when I’m allowed to reveal, but right now I have a gag order and all I can say is that it’s pretty cool. Lots of great video and pics are coming up in the next blog!
This past weekend to Paso Robles was a first for both Ronn and I. We were there for Player’s concert lineup on the Sail Rock tour along with Firefall, Orleans, Al Stewart and Christopher Cross. So Peter and Eden thought we should naturally go up a day early and do some wine tasting. The drive was a pleasant one and the weather couldn’t have been more beautiful. There are so many great wines from the Paso Robles region and for years our neighbors who own the wine, “Opolo” has invited us to their annual wine festival of grape stomping, music and BBQ feasting galore. But, somehow between Ronn’s schedule of work and travel, we have never been able to make it to the winery until this past weekend.
We happen to also know the Hunt family which also produce a terrific wine from Paso Robles and stopped off at their vineyard for a tasting, along with the Ancient Peak, Cass and Tobin James wineries. Needless to say we had great time and I can attest to the fact that the wines of this region are amazing.
The concert drew a terrific crowd that enjoyed the fair and the moonlit breeziness of the night since the concert was set outdoors. My girlfriend Sue and her friend Brenda had a great time and joined us backstage afterwards where we were hanging out with Al Stewart and his girlfriend Jill. As we were saying goodbye, Jill miss her step into the van and fell backwards in a hard fall that ended up breaking her finger! It was a quite a hard fall and a terrible freakish accident. We all felt terrible watching her finger swell as the ambulance came to take her to the hospital. She was remarkably calm and all she and Al could talk about was having us all get together for a dinner party at their place once the tour was over.
Such a lovely couple that we are sending love and light to right now for Jill to have a speedy recovery. I don’t think any of us will forget our past weekend in Paso Robles for many reasons. Great wine, friends old and new, music and serene scenery made it memorable enough to say, we will be back!