SOARING EAGLE CASINO - MT PLEASANT, MI - DECEMBER 27, 1999
I pick up Charles at the Lansing airport and we roll through the tundra to Mt. Pleasant. The Casino is spectacular. Sold out. After Little Richard does his thing, we hit the stage with Jeff playing bass. Starting without a sound check, it takes a while to get the acoustics straight. But after a while most of it falls into place. The room has a great sound, but the monitors are off all night. I play the entire show without being able to hear the piano. Hard on the fingers. Bee can't hear the bass. But we could do this in our sleep, so it isn't a big problem. When we bring it down, it really rocks. And the harp tunes hypnotize.
Richard was not feeling well. He didn't have the energy of the shows he did in Aspen or at the Michigan State Fairgrounds. Age. But the band pounds it out.