Wolf Trap Filene Center
Friday, May 30, 2003
The webmaster of the River Of Souls web site just returned home from Dan's opening show at the Wolf Trap Filene Center in Vienna, VA, and has the following review for you:
"Let me start out by saying, "wow." This was quite a show! Wolf Trap has the best sound check that I have ever heard in any outdoor venue. It seats about as many people as the Chastain Amphitheater in Atlanta, Georgia (up to 10,000 with a full lawn), and there is not a bad seat in the house. The sound was incredible, and was just as crisp and clear from the lawn as it was from the orchestra seats. And no matter how loud the band played, the sound was never overbearing or uncomfortable -- it was just right. We were also blessed with the first night in the Washington, D.C. area without rain in over a month, which I'm sure the lawn patrons were thanking God for! It's almost as if that upper-level low-pressure system sensed Dan's approach, and moved on out of there! It was simply a marvelous evening! As the sun went down, a slight chill in the air set in, as I noticed some of the women in front of me putting on their jackets.
The opening act was actually good for a change! In fact, if I had only gone to see Sissy Spacek's daughter Schuyler Fisk perform, I would say that I had gotten my money's worth! The unexpected bonus for this performance was hearing Mom singing high harmony to her daughter's wonderful melodies. Ms. Fisk is an extraordinary singer-songwriter. Her unique style of upbeat country-folk-rock pulls you right in and gets your feet tapping in short order. She was also very personable, interacting with the audience in a relaxed, light-hearted manner. Oh yeah, one more thing... she is even more gorgeous than her lovely mom! The trio was complete with a great finger-picker whose name I do not remember. Although Schuyler plays a fine acoustic guitar, this gentleman had the nimblest fingers on the stage. All in all, a very good opening act, which I thoroughly enjoyed!
As soon as Dan's roadies had finished setting up the stage with the guitars, bass, and the old wooden chair, we knew that we would soon be getting our annual "Dan fix!" Dan came out, got a standing ovation before he even started playing, smiled "hello" at the audience, and, without saying a word, grabbed a guitar, sat down in the old wooden chair, and began playing. Surprisingly, Dan did not perform that many songs from the new album. He began the show with an acoustic set, opening with "Nexus" from The Innocent Age, without a synthesizer backing him up. I have to admit that I was expecting a lavishly-produced opening with Dan on piano playing "Half Moon Bay," performed "Aurora Nova"-style with the band kicking in for "When You're Not Near Me," but for the first half of the show, it was just Dan (no complaints there), making that familiar trip back and forth from the old wooden chair to the piano bench. This was the first time that I had ever heard "Nexus" performed without the string section, which gave me a chance to appreciate the song from an entirely different angle. It was quite a treat! And, as always, Dan improvised his way through the evening, shining a different light on the familiar, making for a thoroughly enjoyable performance. Although Dan's fingers took awhile to get fully nimble (a grim reminder of that boating accident that almost ended Dan's guitar playing days forever, had it not been for his determination to play again), those magic digits were working their charms on us in no time, as we all fell under Dan's spell. This webmaster's eyes were wet for much of the show. Ever since I lost my father, the tears always come when Dan plays "Leader Of The Band," but just being there seeing him play live (and that opportunity only comes around once a year) somehow keeps the eyes moist for most of the show. That, for those of you who are unfamiliar with Dan's music, is the power that is contained within his lyrics and melodies. Dan brings us closer to the Mystery while we are caught in his spell. That's why, when the show is over, some of us can't seem to tear ourselves away from the venue, even if we know it has a curfew. And as a performer, that is the greatest kind of encore call that you can take! For the complete set list, please see the Tour Dates page.
Dan and Robert McEntee both had some smokin' lead guitar solos. The last song, &The Power Of Gold," was much longer than usual, with Dan and Robert taking turns on the lead in an extended jam session. I think this is also the song where Michael Hanna got the spotlight for his ghostly keyboard solo that surprised so many people unfamiliar with his work. His solo was simply, hauntingly beautiful. (Which matches his visage: with his long, snow-white hair, fair complexion, and thin physique, he resembles some ethereal, floating spirit, as he dances with his keyboards.) A few of the uninitiated gasped in horror at his ghostly deviation from the flight path. One woman behind me said, "weird!" Perhaps one day these folks will learn to widen their musical palette and allow something new to enter.
A few humorous moments: As Dan was tuning one of his guitars, he said, "you use whatever works..." And, after tuning it and plucking a few strings, followed that comment up with, "and this doesn't..." At one point during the concert, a male fan yelled out loudly (twice, in fact), "I LOVE YOU, DAN!" (Yes, alcohol is served at Wolf Trap!) Dan played this off very well, with a simple double-take and a wide-eyed look of astonishment! I was hoping that the fan was just making fun of the girls, and not really in love with Dan! (Like he doesn't have anything else to worry about with obsessive female fans!) Another guy yelled out something loud but undecipherable, and Dan did another double-take, but this time he enhanced it by stopping in his tracks over on stage right behind Robert, looking all around for these voices he kept hearing!
After Dan and the band left the stage, they returned just to take a bow, for alas, Wolf Trap has a strict 11 PM curfew. Guitarist Robert McEntee threw his pick out into the audience as he walked off the stage the final time. Imagine being the lucky fan who caught that! Imagine also that you were a guitarist! That would be a truly awesome thing to have happen to you!"
2003 Set List
GOD BLESS YOU! SO SORRY FOR MY ANGER, IT IS JUST THAT I WANTED SO BADLY TO SHARE MY EXPERIENCE WITH EVERYONE. PLEASE LET ME KNOW HOW PARKER IS DOING. I SAID A PRAYER FOR HIM AT THE CONCERT LAST NIGHT.
HERE IS THE REVIEW!!!!!WOOOOOW!
ONE VERY DISAPPOINTING EVENT HAPPENED LAST NIGHT AT THE WOLF TRAP CONCERT. DAN AND THE BAND RAN OUT OF TIME!!!!!
DAN KEPT SAYING THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT "I, AM, IN NO HURRY HOW ABOUT YOU?" THE CROWD WAS GOING BONKERS ESPECIALLY ME. I COULD LISTEN TO HIM FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!! IT WAS SO UNBELIEVABLY SWEET OF HIM TO SAY THAT AND TO BE WILLING TO GIVE US HIS TALENT AND EXTRA TIME.
WELL, THEY KEPT PLAYING, AND PLAYING. THEN THEY LEFT THE STAGE. I ASKED GAIL "IS IT INTERMISSION?" SHE SAID "NO, IT'S OVER" I THEN FRANTICALLY JOINED IN WITH THE CROWD BEGGING AND SCREAMING FOR MORE. DAN THEN CAME OUT AND SAID SOMETHING LIKE "I WANT TO THANK YOU AND THE BAND, BUT IT'S 11 O'CLOCK AND WE HAVE TO GO!!" WE WERE IN SHOCK!! I KNEW SOMETHING WAS WRONG, DAN HAS NEVER DONE THAT! DAN HADN'T EVEN INTRODUCED THE BAND YET! HE ALWAYS INTRODUCES THE BAND!
I MENTIONED IN THE REST ROOM THAT THIS IS NOT LIKE DAN AND THAT SOMETHING MUST BE WRONG. THEN SOME WOMEN TOLD ME THERE IS A CITY NOISE ORDINANCE WHICH STATES THAT THEY HAVE TO BE OUT BY 11PM. SO THE GUYS HAD TO GO!! MANY WERE SO DISAPPOINTED ESPECIALLY THOSE OF US WHO KNOW DAN AND HOW MUCH HE GIVES US!!
MY BROTHER WAS SO ESPECIALLY DISAPPOINTED HE SAID "IN 20 YEARS I HAVE NEVER BEEN TO A CONCERT WHERE THERE WAS NO ENCORE" I ASSURED HIM THAT DAN PROBABLY HAD SOMETHING VERY SPECIAL PLANNED AND THAT HE IS PROBABLY MORE DISAPPOINTED THAN WE ARE!
PRIOR TO THE END OF THE SHOW.
THERE WERE SOME REALLY ARROGANT MEN IN THE CROWD SCREAMING REALLY INAPPROPRIATELY. I WAS GETTING ANGRY. THEY WERE DISRUPTIVE AND AT TIMES RUDE!!!!!!! I DON'T THINK PEOPLE REALIZE HOW RUDE THEY CAN SEEM WHEN SCREAMING OUT LIKE THAT.
OK, NOW, FOR THE REST/BEST.......OF THE REVIEW.......
IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL SUNNY DAY, FIRST ONE IN 9 DAYS. THE NIGHT WAS WARM TO COOL. WOLF TRAP WAS PACKED TO THE GILLS, APPEARED TO BE BURSTING AT THE SEEMS!!!!! GREAT ENERGY, VERY NICE PEOPLE!
SISSY SPACIK(SP) AND HER DAUGHTER WERE THE OPENING ACT. ACTUALLY SHE WAS THERE SUPPORTING HER DAUGHTER! THEY WERE GOOD. HER DAUGHTER SHUKYLER(SP) HAS A BEAUTIFUL VOICE. VERY CRISP AND CLEAR. I THINK SHE HAS GREAT POTENTIAL.
THEN OUR MAN WAS INTRODUCED. HE CAME OUT SO COOL AND CALM. HE BOWED TO THE AUDIENCE AND THEN STOOD THERE FOR A MINUTE LOOKING AT THE AUDIENCE. HE WAS IN RARE FORM! HE THEN SAT DOWN TO PLAY "NEXUS" (I HAD MY OTHER BROTHER AL ON THE CELL PHONE, AND HE HEARD THEM INTRODUCE DAN, AND PART OF THE FIRST SONG. HE WAS EXCITED FOR US!!!!!)
DAN PLAYED WITH AN EXCELLENCE I HAVE NOT HEARD BEFORE. HE HAD ASKED US TO BEAR WITH THEM BECAUSE IT WAS OPENING NIGHT, BUT THEY/HE WERE RIGHT ON. HIS PLAYING SEEMS BETTER TO ME.
HE LEAD INTO "BEGGARS GAME"," SAME OLD LANGE SYNE" WITH AN INCREDIBLE PRELUDE.
"BEGGARS GAME AND "CROW" WERE THE MOST WONDERFUL BLESSINGS OF THE NIGHT. MY BROTHER SAID CROW WAS THE NIGHTS BEST!!!!!!! HE SAID THAT THIS VERSION WAS BETTER THAN THE ORIGINAL. DAN WAS A BIT COCKY DURING "CROW". OH MY GOSH I THINK I JUST MADE A PUN!!!!!!! LOL, LOL, LOL. NO REALLY HE WAS HAVING FUN WITH IT.
I CAN'T STRESS ENOUGH, HOW DAN WAS SO RELAXED AND FUNNNNN!!!!! HIS HUMOR WAS A RIOT!!!!! I WAS DOUBLED OVER LAUGHING AT TIMES. I WILL LET YOU SEE IT FOR YOURSELVES. I DON'T WANT TO SPOIL EVERYTHING FOR YOU.
"THE POWER OF GOLD" WAS AWESOME AND HE WENT INTO SOME OTHER CHORDS FROM ANOTHER FAMILIAR SONG YOU WILL RECOGNIZE, BUT I WON'T SAY WHAT SONG.
WHEN HE SANG "REACH HAVEN POST CARD" HE SAID HE HAD NO IDEA WHO HE WROTE IT ABOUT, HE SAID THAT HAPPENS SOMETIMES AFTER YOU'RE 50. HIS SINGING WAS SO BEAUTIFUL AND HAD SO MUCH FEELING. I WISH SO MUCH TONIGHT THAT HE WAS HERE WITH ME!!!!!!!
DAN SAID HE COULD SING DON'T LOOSE HEART BECAUSE IT IS HIS SHOW AND HE CAN SING WHAT HE WANTS TO OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. HE WAS FUNNY. HE SANG IT WITH SO MUCH HEART I HAD TEARS IN MY EYES.
"BEGGARS GAME" WAS BREATHE TAKING. HE REALLY SEEMED TO ENJOY PLAYING IT ON THE PIANO. HE MOVED ME TO TEARS. IT WAS AS IF I COULD FEEL THE MUSIC IN ME. ALL THESE MEMORIES CAME POURING BACK TO ME. I WAS SO HAPPY THAT HE PLAYED THIS WONDERFUL SONG. IT WAS ONE I WAS HOPING FOR!!!!!!!!!
DAN AND THE BAND WERE GREAT LAST NIGHT. DAN SAID THAT WOLF TRAP IS ONE OF THE BEST PLACES IN THE COUNTRY TO SEE A CONCERT BECAUSE OF THE GREAT ACOUSTICS.
I HAVE BEEN A FAN OF DAN'S FOR ROUGHLY 30 YEARS. I HAVE BEEN SEEING HIM IN CONCERT FOR ABOUT 20 YEARS. DAN IS NOT JUST MY LIFE LONG FAVORITE SINGER, SONG WRITER, MUSICIAN, HE IS ALSO LIKE A LIFELONG FRIEND/FAMILY. LAST NIGHT WASN'T JUST A CONCERT IT WAS A REUNION OF FAMILY/FRIENDS AND KINDRED SPIRITS TO CELEBRATE DAN'S MUSIC OLD AND NEW, AND TO HAVE A GREAT TIME DOING SO.
GET READY FOLKS HIS NEW MUSIC IS GREAT, AND YOU ARE IN FOR THE TIME OF YOUR LIVES!!!!!!!
PS...I didn't realize that what I posted to you would bring me to tears! I think so much of Dan's new music. I love it and very much take it to Heart!!!!! I remember sobbing my eyes out the first time I heard the sound clips and read the lyrics. I didn't want to post that though be cause no one else had that reaction , only me!!!!!
I am sobbing my eyes out right now! The tears are dripping on my arm. Yes his new CD means the World to me. It touches the very core of my soul!!!! I love Dan Fogelberg and his music, new and old. Please Post this Brett!! I don't know how like this.
Friday, May 31st - Dan at Wolf Trap
I wish I could contribute a review to this show. This year's tour season started with a real disappointment for me. I had tickets for opening night at Wolf Trap with my husband with a sitter all lined up for overnight. But my daughter broke her arm and needed surgery that same day, so my tickets sat unused with a very tired (awake for 40 straight hours!) and extremely disappointed mom gazing upon them. So I impatiently waited for Tuesday to arrive.
Cindy from Pittsburgh
Cindy ~ I hope your daughter heals quick and I'm glad you had tickets for the next nights performance at The Fraze and the next week's performance at The Forum Whitaker Center.