And here we go, finally, with the last day of the 2014 Monsters of Rock Cruise: Escape to Monster Island which consisted of a full day of rocking out in the open waters.
After breakfast in the buffet I enjoyed the brilliant sunshine on the pool deck and some breakfast beverages with friends new and old. Everything today was thrown to the wind. The schedule was once again jam packed with rock concerts and special events but for me, aside from my main goal of catching the final Tyketto performance, the idea was just to go with the flow (and burn through the rather massive amount of drink tickets that I had remaining). As my drinking vessel for the day I broke out my 1983 Metal Health Rock Cup. A convenience store in Canada had produced this collector cup, provided with the purchase of a slushie beverage, your choice of Quiet Riot, Huey Lewis, Men At Work and more. This thin plastic cup had survived since then in my collection of junk and was perfect for today's second Quiet Riot show on the boat. Two friends from the "EH" Team approached as I sampled from my QR cup and enjoying the sun with some fellow cruisers, thrusting a book in front of me and asking if that was me as they pointed to a spot in the photo. The book that they held was the cruise memory book from 2013's voyage containing photos from that cruise and yes, it was indeed me they were pointing out. At the sail away concert held by Tesla everyone is to wear a black t-shirt and the cruise takes a "blackout" photo looking out from the stage. I guess I hadn't had time to return to my cabin to change and therefore caused a little inadvertent Decibel Geek promo....lol. Well now I have to buy the damn book don't I and I even autographed someone's!
|Meister & Minoru Niihara of Loudness|
|Meister with Roxy & Janet of Vixen|
Great White had been due on the pool deck at 11:45am and was a bit late getting going as a friend approached announcing that there had been a water pipe burst and The Charm City Devils show also at 11:45am in the Pantheon Theatre had been cancelled due to flooding. As he ventured off to investigate the situation it seemed to me that something did not sit quite right with that story, but no matter, back to my Quiet Riot cup (who had already been drained and replenished on
|Terry Illous-photo by Brian Ronald|
|Tyketto's Danny Vaughn-photo by Brian Ronald|
|Meister talking with Danny Vaughn|
|Being "Forever Young" with a Toronto friend and Tyketto|
|Meister, Frankie Banali & the QR cup|
|Meister and Ron Keel|
|Meister with Terry Illous|
Time now to join the huge cattle herding line for the meet & greet. I don't usually attend these events as I prefer the impromptu encounters around the ship where you have more of a chance to chat and offer to purchase a drink even, but the one person that I had wanted to meet more than any other aboard this year was Doro Pesch. Although I had seen Nick Douglas and Johnny Dee I had not seen her around and was therefore forced into the meet & greet session. There were six bands grouped into this event with Dangerous Toys, Vixen, KIX, Winger and Dio Disciples joining Doro. While a friend and I waited in line under the scorching rays of the caribean sun chatting with fellow cruisers, he deemed it time to replenish our fluid supply. Right then and there my heart sank! I had left my Quiet Riot cup in the buffet during the lunch experience! The thing had survived in my possession since 1983, but now has become a casualty of the Monsters of Rock Cruise and I only hope that some fellow cruiser found it and can enjoy the cup rather than it going into the garbage by a buffet worker. At least it was showcased in a photo with Frankie Banali, its purpose served I shed no tears for my cup.
|Meister with Dangerous Toys|
|Meister with Doro and the band|
|Billy Sheehan & Meister|
|Lorraine Lewis & Katt Scarlett-photo by Meister|
|Nita Strauss-photo by Meister|
|Rockin' on stage with Katt Scarlett and Femme Fatale for KISS' "Lick It Up"|
|Chuck Wright & Meister|
|Kate & Meister|
|Russ "DWaRf" Graham|
No lies be told, the beverage intake was taking it's toll on my memory by this point as I hit up the Golden Acoustic Lounge for a little of Vixen's set. Not being a particular fan of acoustical performances personally, I lingered for only "Edge of a Broken Heart" and "Cryin'" before moseying forward and back to the fresh sea air offered by the pool deck.
|Randy Rand & Meister|
Well, that basically ends the 2014 Monsters of Rock Cruise: Escape to Monster Island for The Meister. Once again, for the third year in a row, surpassing my expectations and creating lifetime memories. The folks at MORC and On The Blue presented another awesome experience and I take this moment to thank them, from creator Larry Morand, to Mery and Susan in the office, to all the crew involved in this massive project. All of the bands that I saw brought their performances to another level and I can't wait to see what 2015's cruise holds in store for The Meister. Will I see you there?
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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!*****