June 1, Birmingham
The tour moves on into the month of June, and we've begun the England leg. In just a week we'll be playing Wembley, in London - possibly the last performances
of this production!
I didn't take many photos of tonight's show - among the other unique things about the show, I'd left my contact lenses back at the hotel, so had to play with
my glasses on - they slipped and slid during the more active pieces, so sometimes I took them off - anyway none of this led to excellent photographing!
Peter has taken to mentioning our flower photography, as part of the introduction to Secret World (the insides of flowers is kind of a Secret World), so I'm tempted
to put up more flower photos! Nothing recent but this one - it's actually a tomato, presented on a recent plane flight, carved like a flower.
Enough digression - on to the show. There was the usual activity backstage before we went on.
I like to try getting shots of the orange men (the crew) in action between songs (and sometimes during them.)
But one feature I can't reproduce is the sound that emerges during the band introductions. After playing Growing Up, Peter does lengthy introductions of
the crew, then each band member. Meanwhile, the big plastic Zorg ball that Peter has just been in sits in the descended stage center. It needs to
be deflated to fit back under the stage, and just letting the air escape would take a long time, so a vacuum machine is attached, and, as the audience
applauds each person's introduction, the vacuum is kicked on, and four or five orange people throw their weight on the deflating ball, to squeeze air out.
This only lasts until the applause dies down, and the next introduction begins. But the sound emitted from just below us is a lot like what we Americans
would call a razzberry - NOT the most flattering thing to hear when your name has just been announced to thousands of people!
Just thought I'd fill you in on that little tidbit about the show! Here are the guys in action.
Why is that guy in the front so happy?
Oh, it must be that cool t-shirt he's wearing!
I got lucky taking closeups of Peter tonight - why the camera cooperates some nights, not others, I don't know.
But though the shots are similar, I'll put them all here - it's not an angle I often get.