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    Posted: September 18 2009 at 19:15

As I mentioned some days ago, KANSAS is going to play in Lima next Saturday 19, a friend from one of the sponsors (David Sobrevilla from Correo) who knows the importance of Prog Archives invited at 12 m me to the Press conference in the Sheraton Hotel today at 2 pm, sadly it was too late to go to the office for my recorder.

So took the credential [email protected] sent me some time ago, and as usual went on hour earlier to see what I could find, was surprised for the few press men present and asked for a coffee, then I saw David Ragsdale and Billy Greer wandering around the hotel because there was a blackout in the zone.

 
Billy & David 
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Had a short conversation with them and asked to take a photo together. to what they agreed instantly.
 
Billy, Ivan Melgar M & David 
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Then they left to eat something and I went to credit myself at the door, in the meanwhile the light came back and while most of the reporters were eating the snacks, I left to the hall of the hotel and found Phil Ehart and Rich Williams who looked very tired, so without chat asked first for a photo and they agreed

 
Rich & Phil 
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And of course a photo with them and me.
 
Rich, Iván Melgar M and Phil 
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Then I left the guys because they were exhausted, and the press conference started:
 
Kansas
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In first place they apologized for Steve who had a problem in a leg and couldn't leave his room, so the conference started, after talking a couple of minutes, they asked for questions, but something embarrassing happened, no press member asked anything so I had to start and asked Phil if they were going to have another Symphonic tour and if they would be back in Lima to Play with the National Symphony Orchestra, Phil, Rich and Billy answered that they wanted to do more Symphonic tours and hope to visit Lima again

Then I went with David Ragsdale and told him that we knew about his skills but if it was hard to replace an icon as Robby, the guy answered as a real gentleman (while Billy shouted in joke for more Pisco Sours LOL ), he expressed his admiration for Robby and said it was extremely hard to replace the iconic member, but he's more comfortable each day with the challenge.

Then I sat and my friend David asked a couple of questions, specially one about the possibility of making new studio albums soon and they replied that this wasn't in his plans, but they would play in a side project,

The second one was about the Prog scenario in the 70's and today, David Ragsdale replied "In the 70's was better".

David finished and again silence, only an extra question by a reporter aboput their opinion of Lima, but the guys had only been here for a couple of hours and could npt say too much, , but of course explained they were interested in knowing more than what the historical stations show, so we went again with a couple more questions that they replied kindly.

The conference ended and the organizers offered us the chance for more photos, but the light was so poor that I new it wasn't possible but tried with one more:

Kansas
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At that moment I asked them to sign my Best of Kansas CD, what they did with pleasure.

When I believed it was over and decided to leave, Billy asked me about Macchu Picchu, talked about Prog Archives which he promised to visit and talking about bands of the 70's he was curious about Banco del Mutuo Soccorso, then he left..

In the lobby found David and we talked  like for ten minutes, the guy was incredibly nice, when I left found him again in the street and warned not to eat in the street vendors, we said goodbye.

Now will stay home rest a bit after comming from work and will prepare for a great show tomorrow night..

 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 18 2009 at 19:20
Looks great, Ivan.  I'm a tad envious, as you know the Kansas fan I am.

Also the man in the first picture is actually Billy Greer, not Rich Williams.  Wink
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 18 2009 at 19:25
Thanks for the correction, only a lapsus.
 
It's funny how fat I look in the first photo with the huge cooat and the CD's in my pocket LOL.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 18 2009 at 19:26
Originally posted by Ivan_Melgar_M Ivan_Melgar_M wrote:

Thanks for the correction, only a lapsus.
 
It's funny how fat I look in the first photo with the huge cooat and the CD's in my pocket LOL.
 
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Forgive me, but which picture are you in?  It doesn't appear to be showing.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 18 2009 at 19:29
Originally posted by Epignosis Epignosis wrote:

Originally posted by Ivan_Melgar_M Ivan_Melgar_M wrote:

Thanks for the correction, only a lapsus.
 
It's funny how fat I look in the first photo with the huge cooat and the CD's in my pocket LOL.
 
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Forgive me, but which picture are you in?  It doesn't appear to be showing.


Yeah, I can't see him either
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 18 2009 at 19:37
Photos 2 and 4 (Iván in the middle), I have named them
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 18 2009 at 19:42
I can only see 3 photos: the first one, the fifth and the sixth.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 18 2009 at 19:43
Originally posted by The Quiet One The Quiet One wrote:

I can only see 3 photos: the first one, the fifth and the sixth.


Same here.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 18 2009 at 20:01
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 18 2009 at 20:03
^yes, thanks Ivan
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 18 2009 at 22:08
Great pics and it's cool to see you managed to be in their press conference!!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 18 2009 at 22:26
Yes Memo, the problem is that I had to add bright to the first two photos because the blackout and the one in the Press Confference room are not good because the excessive light by the TV cameras and the flashes.
 
You can see flashes everywhere and that affects other photos.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 19 2009 at 11:08
Tonight the band plays in a small 1,800 souls venue, so will try to get something more if I'm allowed, becausethe one of the sponsors is a TV station and Nespaper and will probably limit the access to the band.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 19 2009 at 14:02
Great job, Ivan.Clap Sounds like the press conference would have been pretty bad if you and your friend weren't there.

They look like they have been on the road for 100 years.  But what else are they gonna do, get a day job?LOL
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Originally posted by johnobvious johnobvious wrote:

Great job, Ivan.Clap Sounds like the press conference would have been pretty bad if you and your friend weren't there.

They look like they have been on the road for 100 years.  But what else are they gonna do, get a day job?LOL

The problem here is that we don't have really proffesional press, the guy who interviews a veddette gets the toitle of Art reporter, but the same guy interviews politicians, sportsmen, ec.

One reporter asked me if he could inquire Rich Williams for his "racist" comments in Tennis, I had to tell him this guy was Richard Williams, Venus and Serena's father.

But they are protected and get recognition.so some of them are untouchable.

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