|Spirit Square Arts Center - Charlotte, NC||23 October 2003||by Topper Fralick|
After driving four hours, I arrived at Spirit Square in Charlotte , North Carolina. Picked up my ticket at the box office and spent a lovely afternoon walking around the city.
7:00 PM back to Spirit Square. I picked up a copy of 'The Legend' DVD at the merch stand.
8:00 PM showtime!
The McGlohon Theatre at Spirit Square was a nice intimate setting for the concert. Actually an old church, complete with stained glass windows, remade into a concert auditorium. Without counting heads, I would estimate approx 250 people in attendance. (Possibly more)! Here is a breakdown of the show (to the best of my memory):
The show went very well despite some problems with Rick's handheld microphone (Seems to be a recurring problem!) The sound was good and Rick's playing was excellent! (How else could it be!)
After the show, I was privileged to meet Rick briefly as he was signing autographs. He signed my CD copy of 'Rick Wakeman's Greatest Hits'. I told him that I was glad to meet him and that 'Tribute' and 'Phantom Power' were two of my favorites. He smiled and said "Phantom Power! Now that's a good one!" I shook his hand then started my trek back home. I'll never forget that handshake or the unique feel of his hand!
WOW! What a concert!
What a wonderful day!