Yeah, I was at Anaheim that night.Originally Posted by Blues Songstres;2427058;
Sorry for the late post, but, for anyone interested, here's my report:
When he came out on stage, Bo looked very thin; his face almost gaunt. Right from the beginning, he informed the crowd that he had a touch of the flu, but was gonna put on a show regardless.
His voice sounded fine, but you could see his energy level was low. After "I'm Gone" and "American Blood", Bo seemed to try and jumpstart himself by doing "Don't Mess Around with Jim." Rather than inject more energy into the show, however, the song only seemed to take more out of him.
He then did Skynyrd's "Tuesday's Gone", and pretty much made it through the whole song. Near its end, however, he first walked back to his guitar stand, then abrupty exited the stage without saying anything. Keyboardist Tommy played for a few more bars, before he stopped and also left the stage.
We were left literally in the dark; and what at first seemed like a momentary spell, stretched into ten.. then fifteen.. then twenty minutes. The lights stayed out the whole time, and there was no announcement of any kind to the crowd.
I was upstairs in the balcony when I heard that "paramedics" could be seen backstage. I went to the edge closest to the right side of the stage and saw a cluster of people standing in the wings. I couldn't see Bo from that position, but they were apparently around him.
A House of Blues security guard was standing nearby, so a couple of us asked him for more info. He said that, from what he knew, Bo sat down immediately upon leaving the stage, saying that he didn't think he could continue. Staff asked if they could do anything for him and if he would like them to call a nurse. Bo said yeah.
It was maybe ten more minutes before Bo surprisingly re-took the stage. His friend (and opening act) Gary Nichols and Tommy were with him. Bo seemed truly sorry for what had happened, telling us that he had not been feeling well for the past couple of days. Once again, he termed it a "flu". He mentioned how, on the previous tour, there were a dozen times when he felt sick because of his intestinal problems, but how he had always pushed through and done the show. Tonight, however, things just got the better of him, he said.
Since it was always his intention to give us a show, he would try to do that while wrapping things up. With Gary joining in, he did "Midnight Rider" (which I can barely recall, since I was more focussed on how he was looking/acting than on what he was singing). He then closed things out with "Sweet Home Alabama" -- and certainly gave it the old college try.
He again told us how much he appreciated our understanding, and promised he would make it up to us in the future. He had kind words, as usual, for the great staff at the HOB. He also made mention of his faith -- but I cannot do justice to his words on that point.
As might be expected, Bo seemed tired and sad when he left the stage. I'm sure it broke his heart to leave; but I hope he has since realized that it was breaking ours to see him struggle to stay.
His illness caused him to cancel several more dates (including the next night at the Sunset Strip House of Blues) and even landed him in the hospital for a day or two. But he's recovered now, and has been back in the studio working on his next CD. I can't wait to hear it, and see him in concert again. Just hope he can break the Anaheim jinx the next time around...