|Off With A Bang!|
| I left for Chicago on May 5th just a few weeks after having surgery for prostate cancer. I was concerned that I might not be able to make the trip to my home town. I was still recovering and until I new things were 100%, I was a little nervous.
I left Miami early and was in Chicago in a few Hours. I thought there might be a car waiting to bring me to the Hard Rock Hotel. When I didn't see my name on any signs in baggage claim, I grabbed my bags and hailed a cab.
I was at the Hard Rock 45 minutes later. I told the cabbie to wait. As I opened the door he moved the cab up and banged the door into a pole.
I knew I was on a STYX tour.
George, the tour manager, was outside and as I grabbed my gear he paid the cab fare.
An hour later I was being wisked to an autograph signing. It was really fun shaking hands and signing photos.
The best part was when a twenty-something young guy handed me a photo from my participation in the Gay Pride Parade in Chicago. He told me he was HIV+ and thanked me for being his inspiration. It took a lot of courage and pride for him to say that to me.
The photos sent represent various dates and a single pic waiting for the tour bus.
It was an emotional experience knowing my 1st gig with STYX was in 1972. There I was in 2004 It was awesome.
I want to thank all the fans who inspire me every time I'm onstage.
Till next time...