After stumbling in and somehow miraculously not awaking my two cabin mates at who knows what time of the morning I awoke feeling surprisingly good....until I stood up that is! Having that terrible feeling that you've overslept and missed something, I quickly checked the time and did indeed
confirm that the Dio Listening Party was already under way. The soon to be released (now out) Dio tribute album, This Is Your Life, was being played in it's entirety for cruise goers, something I had marked on my target list to partake in, but now I really needed to eat....(and get another beer to ward off the impending doom of the looming hangover). Breakfast (food, not beer) went down well, the food (which was not all that terrible on previous cruises) has been vastly improved on this new ship the MSC Divina. A couple of breakfast beverages (light beer before noon) up on the pool deck chatting with friends and fellow cruisers saw me feeling ten years younger as I headed off to the Pantheon Theatre for the noon performance of my fellow country men, The KiLLeR DWaRfS.
|Russ "DWaRf" Graham-photo by Brian Ronald|
|The Headstand-photo by Brain Ronald|
|MSC Divina on the way to Half Moon Cay-photo by The Meister|
|Quireboys-photo by The Meister|
|Half Moon Cay-photo by The Meister|
Skipping Great White's beach concert set, I found myself back on board the Divina and watching KIX's sound check on the pool stage before heading into the bowels of the ship to the Pantheon for Winger's second performance. Food or drink is not allowed in the theater so it's a finish up before you enter deal, which kind of sucks in some ways, but in others it's probably good to dry out a little! I chose to sit in one of the seats rather than enter the milling throng down in front of the stage, especially after my exposure to the harsh rays of the sun on the beach earlier. Winger began with
|Kip Winger & Reb Beach-photo by Brian Ronald|
|KIX-photo by Brian Ronald|
|KIX-Photo by Meister|
|Minoru Niihara-photo by Meister|
|Firehouse-Photo by Meister|
Continuing the up and down yo-yo trail that I was blazing on the staircases (too impatient to wait for the elevators) between the pool deck and the Pantheon it was back down into the depths for the much anticipated Quiet Riot show, stopping momentarily along the way for a brief chat with Johnny Dee of Doro and some EH Team friends.
|Frankie Banali-photo by Brian Ronald|
|Jizzy Pearl-photo by Brian Ronald|
|Randy Rand-photo by Brian Ronald|
|Simon Daniels-photo by Brian Ronald|
|Luca Princiotta-photo by Brian Ronald|
|Doro Pesch & Ann Boelyn-photo by Brian Ronald|
The worst time to eat is right before sleeping, but it was now nearing 2am and with not having eaten much all day, desperately needing something to soak up the sweet booze, I found myself in the buffet. While stuffing my face with the required sustenance I ran into John Nyman (guitarist for Y&T) and we had a brief discussion in which I stated how happy I was that Y&T would be in Toronto on my birthday. Not five minutes later, on my exit from the feeding frenzy, I ran into my friend from Toronto who also shares the very same birthday having basically the same conversation with John Nyman! He looked shocked to learn that we were friends and promised us Y&T would give us a top notch show for our special day (as they always do!).
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*****Once again extreme thanks to my friend Brian Ronald for the use of his awesome photography. From now on Brian you MUST attend only the shows that I do so I don't have to use my own photos which quite obviously pale in comparison to your work, Cheers!*****