I say lads, anyboody catch the show last nite? I got my usual complimentary industry tickets. However... they seem to have forgotten that I can see much better down front of the Public Music Hall in Cleaveland and not top balcony. No matter, it short order me and my date were able to get down where we belong - close enough to scare the band without having to smell the manure from the scant NY-NJ music biz types who deem the HoF show worthy of attending. The burning question on my mind: is Tom actually playing a 12 string bass? That custom hollow body has a headstock that looks like a a helicopter balled a hay baler and the baby was cast out Alien-style from my granddad's tackle box to attach itself on the end of a bass. But I did not detect 12 strings from my monitor view from Nielsen's stage left perch... probably just my damaged retinas from scoping the truly lickable Cleaveland babes. ..and good grief.. I have seen these guys now twice in 3 months. I gotta just lay these cards down... their sound is serviceable... for a B list Agora touring band - loud and alot of bilious bottom. I hope the DVD sounds better and the re-mixer doesn't have to get a copy band to re-record. The performance was great. Rick needs to sit out more prominently. I mean...he needs to own it... and someone please turn down that bass. Robin was just killing it last nite. I saw them in Saint Petersbug and he was fine. The "family affair" aspect was a little distracting towards the end... but last nite he was awesome in a way that lead rawk throats of advancing years do not have any reason to sound as awesome.... and the man can sing the pants off a groupie at 50 paces... trust me, I know it can be done. Cheap Trick kinda puzzles me.. they seem to struggle to break free from their own gravity these days. Daxx sounded best to me when he was all on his own and able to stretch out... like the intro on "I want you to Want me" or the intro to "Surrender".... I never saw Bun E. so I can't comment on the lack of his presence other than to say that if he brought a lighter, pop-y-er touch, that is what the lads are missing. another fine night in Cleaveland... next time they better get the tickets and limo right the first time... and I want Saba when I go through the Sushi line, not pickled shark.