November 2, 2021
The Grand Theater
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I am in love with fall. I can lose myself quickly in windy, cold weather, leaves blowing around my feet, bare trees surrounded by dark cloudy skies hauntingly beckoning me through the distance. I also passionately love old theaters. Being able to experience all of these on this current ABBA MANIA tour is soothing and emotionally cathartic, despite the deep, uncomfortable melancholy and sadness it also bestows upon me. Odd, I know.
As I have mentioned previously, most of the venues on this tour, we have played before. But always during the dead of winter. I have never had the opportunity to experience most of these Northern and Midwestern towns in the full-blown fall season. I wish I had more free time to walk around, soak it all in, and take many photos, but unfortunately, I do not.
I love coming to Oshkosh and performing at The Grand Oshkosh Theater. Everyone on the staff is so kind to us, the audiences are very responsive, and the theater is old, beautiful, and quite haunted. :-) Heck, I even have a friend who is a big A1A fan who works here. So it is an extra treat this time around to be doing two nights here.
Upon arriving this morning, we departed the bus to a bitterly cold and windy fall day without a cloud in the sky. I tried twice to go for a walk, but it was just too cold, and although I felt I had packed enough clothes to stay warm, I quickly discovered that was not the case. So I retreated to my cozy, warm dressing room to try and get some work done before sound-check. Sound-check was quick and painless, with no real quirks that needed fixing, so we were all in good spirits after supper for a good show, which we did indeed have. The audience was great, and we all performed well.
One of the beautiful things about doing two nights in a row at a venue is that you don't have to break down any gear. All we have to do is put away our wardrobe, freshen up, change clothes and then the evening is ours to do with what we want. There is an old speakeasy located inside the old hotel, and they offered to stay open for us after the show. So to celebrate a free evening and the fact that the Atlanta Braves won the World Series, we all hung out for a couple of hours there. I was lucky enough to engage in a stimulating conversation with an older gentleman named Jim, who has worked at the Theater for decades. He told me a lot about the history of the theater and all of the ghosts roaming the halls, and some personal experiences he has had with them.
After we closed the speakeasy down, the party went back to the bus, where the rest of the band rocked on, and I crawled into my bunk until it was time to go back to the hotel. After a while, Alison woke me up, and we all caught an Uber back to the hotel. Now it is time to read a little and put Benny to bed. Something tells me that my dreams will be haunted - quite possibly more than they usually are—sweet dreams to all.