Majestic Theater - North Tonawanda, NY on July 16, 1999
I went to the show in North Tonawanda with Ellie and Pat Johnson. Not too long after we got there, Glenda and Clarence arrived and since, it was a very hot day, we spent several hours before the show talking with them in their van. A guy was there with the stand-up and some other things he wanted signed, so Marty came over to the gate to do that and he came out and hugged and said hi to all of us. Not long before the show he did a radio interview, which we listened to in the van...it would have been a good interview, if only there had been more than five minutes of it.
Eventually it was show time and we went inside. We were several rows behind Pat, but Ellie and I were also on the aisle that leads to the rotating stage, so we had a good view of Marty and the Cowboys coming in. The theatre had a huge sign up that said "no cameras," and they had stopped several people trying to take pictures of South Sixty-Five (the opening band), but they must have given up because there were lots of pictures taken of Marty! Unfortunately the revolving stage greatly reduces your opportunities, so I only took three rolls even though we were in the 6th row.
They played "Rocket Ship," "Me & Hank & Jumpin' Jack Flash," "High On A Mountain Top," "Doin' My Time," "The Whiskey Ain't Workin'," "Blue Train," "Tempted," "Dark As A Dungeon," "Burn Me Down," "Sometimes The Pleasure's Worth The Pain," "The Greatest Love Of All Time," "Red, Red Wine And Cheatin' Songs," "Hobo's Prayer," "Hillbilly Rock," and for the encore, "The Pilgrim" and "Western Girls."
During "Red, Red Wine," a little girl came up to the stage with a lollipop she wanted to give Marty, and as he does with kids he got right down face to face with her. It was so cute! The M&G line was very long, but we passed the time talking to Jimmy, Gary, and Les. I had my few moments with Marty and got another hug, then went on outside by the gate. We talked to Steve, Brad, and Ken before they left. It was, as usual, a great show and a very good day!
Review by Margie Brodmerkle, Oakham, MA
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