Larry Norman in concert; Saturday, 8/4/2007
Calvary Baptist Church; New York City
Larry Norman is one of my favorite singer/songwriters. I first heard his music through my older sister, Sharon, back when I was a teen. If you are not familiar with Larry or his music you can read more about him at his official bio or at his Wikipedia entry. I will post some personal notes here, and then post a write-up of the concert tomorrow.
I saw Larry in concert several times in the 1970’s and 1980’s, but the last time I saw him live was in 1990. So when I heard he was coming to New York City, I was very excited. I live in Agawam, MA which is about three hours away, but certainly close enough for a Larry concert!
We have three boys (ages 15, 13 and 10), so my wife and I decided to take the whole family to the concert. We had never been to New York City, so we went in the morning and spent the whole day just hiking around Manhattan together. (You can read about our trip and view the pictures here.)
We listened to Larry’s Restless in Manhattan CD in the car on the way. This is a CD of a live concert Larry gave in Manhattan 35 years ago back in 1972. We wondered if the 1972 concert had also been at Calvary Baptist Church, the same place where we were going that night, but we couldn’t find a location printed anywhere in the CD liner notes.
At the end of the day, we went to eat at a restaurant next to the church where Larry would be playing that night. The restaurant host seated us next to a long table with about ten people sitting at it. We ordered our food and were chatting for a bit when we suddenly noticed Larry was part of the group at the long table. We did our best not to sit and stare, and overcame any urges to walk up and introduce ourselves and interrupt his meal.
We were still eating when Larry and another gentleman got up from the table to leave. I guess they had noticed us doing our best not to sit and stare, because they stopped at our table to say “Hi!” on the way out. The other man was Denny Fridkin from Larry’s old band People!, and they were heading over to the church to do a quick sound check before the concert.
When we got to the church, there were only a few people ahead of us in line. It was a beautiful evening, and we had fun just hanging out on the sidewalk with the other people waiting for the doors to open. This was a new experience for my boys who had never been to a concert before.
Then a video crew came up and announced that they would be filming the concert for a DVD. They asked if anyone standing in line would like to say a few words about Larry for the camera to possibly be included in the DVD. I participated along with a number of others.
They opened the doors around 7:10 p.m., and we went in and got excellent seats near the front. There was a piano set up on the side, as well as some congas, a couple stools, and three guitars. We sat in front of a couple from Finland with whom I talked briefly during intermission. They had come all the way from Finland to see the concert!
The man in charge of the video production came forward and had us run through some video shots of the audience clapping, cheering, standing, etc. This was so they could get some audience shots with the lights on, because during the concert the house lights would be down.
Then the host for the evening, Wayne Williams from Star 99.1 FM, came up to introduce the concert. Wayne confirmed that this was indeed the site of the concert from 35 years ago. He then welcomed Larry to the stage.
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