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SKYLER THOMAS LIVE!
Palau St. Jordi in Barcelona, Spain
TECHNO COWBOY World Tour


"Cowboy!" screamed a computerized voice, and the crowd began to scream.

"I wanna be a," came Skyler's voice from the darkness as the techno throb filled the arena.

"Techno cowboy!" came the electronic voice.

This repeated over and over as the lights slowly brightened on the stage. Skyler was just a shadow sitting on the mechanical bull. It was on a very low setting, and he felt like he was rocking. Finally a spot light shone on him, and the crowd screamed again. He was dressed in a pair of acid washed jeans with a pair of black leather chaps over them, no shirt with a black leather fringe vest and a black cowboy hat with chasing red and green lights around the brim that pulsed with the beat.

"Now I'm a," came Skyler's recorded voice.

"Techno Cowboy!" came the electronic voice as Skyler slipped off the bull to his feet.

"Barcelona!" he cried, making them scream louder as the dancers made their way to the center of the stage and assembled in rows with Skyler in front. The music changed to a familiar beat and the crowd screamed again as Skyler and the dancers began their line dance.

"Techno Cowboy!" came the electronic voice again.

"Don't tell me to stop," he sang, making the crowd scream yet again. "Tell the rain not to drop. Tell the wind not to blow, 'cause you said so, mmm.

"Tell the sun not to shine, not to . . . get up this time, no, no. Let it fall by the way, but don't leave me where I lay down," he sang, and the techno music played on as he and the dancers danced across the stage in their special line dance.

Lights pulsed all over the stage. Skyler looked down at his chest and smiled at the red, green, yellow and purple sheen that shimmered across his torso. He took a deep breath and began to sing again.

"Tell me love isn't true. It's just somethin' that we do. Tell me everything I'm not, but please don't tell me to stop. Please don't. Please don't tell me to stop.

"Tell the leaves not to turn, but don't ever tell me I'll learn, no, no. Take the black of a crow, but don't tell me I have to go.

"Tell the bed not to lay like the open mouth of a grave, yeah, not to stare up at me like a calf down on its knees.

"Tell me," sang the dancers.

"Love isn't true, it's just somethin' that we do," sang Skyler.

"Tell me," sang the dancers.

"Everything I'm not, but please don't tell me to stop," sang Skyler.

"Please don't," sang the dancers.

"Please don't tell me to stop," sang Skyler.

"Tell me," sang the dancers.

"Love isn't true, it's just somethin' that we do," sang Skyler.

"Tell me," sang the dancers.

"Everything I'm not, but don't ever tell me to stop. Don't you ever . . . Tell me love isn't true, it's just somethin' that we do," sang Skyler.

"Don't you ever," sang the dancers.

"Tell me everything I'm not, but don't you ever tell me to stop," sang Skyler.

"Don't you ever," sang the dancers.

"Please don't. Please don't. Please don't tell me to stop," sang Skyler. "Don't you ever tell me."

"Don't you," sang the dancers.

"Ever," sang Skyler. "Don't ever tell me to stop."

"Tell me," sang the dancers.

"Love isn't true, it's just somethin' that we do," sang Skyler.

"Tell me," sang the dancers.

"Everything I'm not, but please don't tell me to stop.

"Tell the rain not to drop. Tell the bed not to lay like the open mouth of a grave, yeah, not to stare up at me like a calf down on its knees," sang Skyler.

"Tell me," sang the dancers, and then they all stopped along with the music as the stage went dark.

In the darkness, half the dancers left the stage. Jason, Alex, Yin and Marcel stayed on the stage with Skyler. The music went back to that throbbing techno beat that had introduced them, and the prerecorded voices of Skyler and the computer sounded again as the five of them got into formation for the next song. The crowd didn't recognize the beat when the music changed again. Skyler hadn't released the song. He'd written it and had the band practice it, but it had never been recorded. He stepped in front of the dancers and began to dance.

The crowd screamed as they danced around as the music played on and the spotlights panned the stage. The intro to the song was long, and James had given them great moves to take up the time. It was a pity that more than half of them would never be seen by more than part of the audience. Finally it was time to sing.

"So you wanna be free to live your life the way you wanna be? Will you cry? Will we live or wille we die?" he sang as the five of them danced around each other. The crowd screamed even though they'd never heard the song before.

"Tainted hearts heal with time. Shoot bad love so we can stop the bleedin'," he sang, turning to Yin. "Solitary brother, is there still a part of you that wants to live? Solitary sister, is there still a part of you that wants to give? Solitary brother, is there still a part of you that wants to live? Solitary sister, is there still a part of you that wants to give?

"If we try to live our lives the way we wanna be," he sang louder, making the crowd scream.

"Solitary brother, is there still a part of you that wants to live? Solitary sister, is there still a part of you that wants to give? Solitary brother, is there still a part of you that wants to live? Solitary sister, is there still a part of you that wants to give?

"Racism in future kins can only lead to no good, and besides, all our sons and daughters already know how that feels," he sang and they all stopped moving.

"Yeah!" he sang loudly, and the music changed slightly for the second part of the song.

"It was the third of Septemeber," he sang as they started to dance again. "That day I'll always remember, 'caus that was the day that my daddy died."

They moved closer to the front of the stage, making the crowd go nuts. Skyler smiled at them though they couldn't really see him. He knew they could see it on the screens above him though. They screamed louder.

"Never had a chance to know him, no. Never heard nothin' but bad things about him. Mama, I'm depending on you to tell me the truth. But mama just hung her head and said," he sang as the four dancers moved up beside him.

"Papa was a rollin' stone. Wherever he laid his hat was his home, and when he died all he left us was alone," they sang together. "Yeah, papa was a rollin' stone. Wherever he laid his hat was his home, and when he died all he left us was alone. You know he left us alone!"

The crowd screamed as the four dancers moved away from him and back into their dance steps. Skyler danced in front of them as he began to sing again.

"Heard some talk about papa and his storefront preachin'. Talkin' 'bout savin' souls and all the time leachin' and dealin' in dirt. Stealin' in the name of the lord. But mama she just said," he sang as the dancers moved up beside him again.

"Papa was a rollin' stone. Wherever he laid his hat was his home, and when he died all he left us was alone," they sang together. "Yeah, papa was a rollin' stone. Wherever he laid his hat was his home, and when he died all he left us was alone!"

They separated again and danced around, making the crowd scream. Skyler matched them move for move until he moved closer to the front again and started to sing.

"Say I heard my papa was a jack of all trades. Is that what sent papa to an early grave? Folks say papa would beg, borrow and steal just to pay his bills! Hey, mama, folks say papa was never much in thinkin', spent most of his time chasin' women and drinkin', but mother, I'm depending on you to tell me the truth. But my mama she just said," he sang as the dancers made their way to him again.

"Papa was a rollin' stone. Wherever he laid his hat was his home, and when he died all he left us was alone," they sang together. "Yeah, papa was a rollin' stone. Wherever he laid his hat was his home, and when he died all he left us was alone. Ah! You know he left us! Papa was a rollin' stone. Wherever he laid his hat was his home, and when he died all he left us was alone. And oh mama he left us alone!"

They stopped singing, the lights went out and the band played a techno beat again as his voice and the computer voice sounded three times. They got into position as the music picked up.

"Higher and higher," sang the dancers into the darkness, making the crowd scream again.

"I wanna be a," came Skyler's recorded voice.

"Techno cowboy!" came the computer voice.

The blue and green laser lights began to chase themselves over the crowd, lighting them up for seconds at a time.

"Higher and higher," sang Skyler.

"I wanna be a," came his recorded voice.

"Techno cowboy!" sang the dancers loudly as the lights began to brighten on the stage again. The crowd was deafening when the saw them.

"Higher and higher. Won't you come with me?" sang Skyler. "Baby, gonna get my soul free." The spot light found them as soon as he'd sang the last word. The music changed to the rhythm of the actual song, and he and the dancers began to dance.

"Higher and higher. Won't you come with me? Baby, gonna get my soul free," he sang again.

"Now you and me . . . I guess we see things differently. We're night and day . . . A bad connection some would say. And I don't want nothin' to change. No, I don't want nothin' to change," he sang.

"Because," sang the dancers, as they twisted back and forth in front of him and behind him.

"When you touch me, baby, I don't have no choice. Oh, that sweet temptation . . . in your voice," he sang and danced to the music.

"Higher and higher," sang the dancers.

"Won't you come with me? Baby, gonna get my soul free," sang Skyler. "Now, seems to me . . . Some things have just got to be. The games we play . . . Break up, make-up day by day. And I don't want nothin' to change. No, I don't want nothin' to change."

"Because," sang the dancers.

"When you touch me, baby, I don't have no choice. Oh, the sweet temptation in your voice," sang Skyler.

"Higher and higher," sang the dancers.

"Won't you come with me?" sang Skyler.

"Higher and higher," sang the dancers.

"Baby, gonna get my soul free," sang Skyler.

"Higher and higher," sang the dancers.

"Baby, gonna get my soul free," sang Skyler, and the music stopped as the stage went dark once again.

"I wanna be a," came Skyler's recorded voice as he and the dancers took their vests off.

"Techno cowboy!" came the computer voice.

They got into position once more as first Skyler's voice and then the computer came again. It was followed this time by, "It's just the image." The crowd started screaming. This time there were no lasers or clever floating lights. The lights went bright on the stage, and the spot light found Skyler as he started to sing.

"Hope you don't believe a word of all the things I know you've heard about me," he sang, making them scream louder. "Really just a pack of lies. You see the truth before your eyes about me. Hard to keep it straight, the real from the ruse. Probably way too late, but what can I do?

"It's not what you think, not what you hear, not what you see. It's just the image. It's all on a string, all fantasy, not really me. It's just the image," he sang, turning in a circle and running his hands from his chest to his crotch before turning the circle in the opposite direction in time with the dancers.

"It's just the image," came the computer voice as they repeated the move again.

"Would it be too much to ask that you just give me the chance to prove it? Or would it only be a waste of time to try to make you change your mind and use it? What I've been searching for isn't what I thought. Probably way too late, you're all I got.

"It's not what you think, not what you hear, not what you see, it's just the image. It's all on a string, all fantasy, not really me. It's just the image," he sang, running his hands down from his chest to his crotch and turning in a circle first in one direction and then in the other again.

"It's just the image," came the computer voice.

"Said it's not what you think, not what you hear. It's not what you see. It's just the image. Oh, it's all on a string, all fantasy. It's just the image," he sang.

"Just the image," came the computer voice, and the crowd screamed as the music changed and the rest of the dancers came back to the stage.

"Techno cowboy!" came the computer voice as the dancers filed into place.

"Come on, people!" cried Skyler, making the crowd scream. "Get up!"

"Get up!" came the computer voice.

"Come on, let's go people. Get up! and move your feet to the music in your soul. How far will you go?" he sang as they danced across the stage, doing their footwork.

"In the clubs, the beat gets under your skin. Dancers shake their ASSES! letting the music in. Let's Get Up! and do this. Show me where your soul is. I know that I can make you move. I know just what to do.

"Come on, let's go people. Get Up! and move your feet to the music in your soul. Feel the beat, and just let go!" he sang as they danced back across the stage.

"Get up!" came the computer voice.

"When the music gets inside you, your feet know just what to do. Let the rhythm move your body. Get Up! and start this party. Rock your body, move your feet. Let your body feel the beat.

"Come on, let's go people. Get Up! and move your feet to the music in your soul. How far will you go?" he sang, and they danced back and forth as the techno music played on.

"Get up!" came the computer voice as they made their way to center stage, doing their footwork again.

"Come on, let's go people. Get Up! You know what to do. Let the music fill your soul. Get Up! and let's go!" he sang and the music stopped as the stage went completely dark.

"I wanna be a," came his recorded voice.

"Techno cowboy!" came the computer voice as the crowd screamed his name.

All of them left the stage to change as Bruce's construction crew utilized the hydraulics to switch the sets out. The second set was millions of silk roses in red and white planted in gold and silver pots while some grew in vines around the lighting. There were lights in the red roses, giving the stage a warm, rosy glow.

Skyler stepped into his dressing room and pulled off the headset while Alex took the pack from his hip. They both stripped out of their black leather and hastily put on the suits. Skyler's was white while Alex's was black. He ran his fingers through his hair as he looked in the mirror, grabbed the hand held microphone off the table and headed back to the stage while Alex waited with the others.

"Human," came the computer voice as Skyler took a seat on the stool at the front of the stage. The band began to play the slower music without the techno beat. The crowd recognized the tune and screamed again.

"Come on, baby, dry your eyes. Wipe your tears," he sang softly. "Never like to see you cry. Won't you please forgive me? I wouldn't ever try to hurt you. I just needed someone to hold me, to fill the void while you were gone, to fill this space of emptiness.

"I'm only human. Of flesh and blood I'm made. Human, born to make mistakes," he sang and let the music play a bit.

"So many nights I longed to hold you. So many times I looked and saw your face. Nothing could change the way I feel. No one else could ever take your place.

"I'm only human. Of flesh and blood I'm made. Human, born to make mistakes," he sang. "Human. I am just a man."

He let the music play as he looked out over the crowd. The arena was full of people. Not a seat was left. The show had sold out, and he was happy. He couldn't believe how powerful it made him feel to be on stage again. He'd missed this no matter how much he'd tried to convince himself that he hadn't. This was where he belonged.

"Human," he sang. Then he spoke, "Please forgive me."

The music played for a bit, and then Lilly's recorded voice began to speak the female lines of the song.

"These tears I cry aren't tears of pain. They're only to hide my guilt and shame. I forgive you, and now I ask the same of you. While we were apart I was human, too," she said.

"Human," he sang, standing up. "I'm only human. Of flesh and blood I'm made. Only human, born to make mistakes."

He walked to the front of the stage, making the crowd scream.

"Human," he sang, and then knelt down to reach the tips of the fingers of those nearest the stage. "I'm only human."

"Human," sang Lilly's recorded voice.

"I am just a man," he sang. He waited for it, and then, together with her recorded voice he sang, "Human."

The crowd screamed as he walked back to his stool and picked up the guitar that was sitting there. He adjusted the microphone stand so that the extra mic would point at his guitar and began to play a familiar tune.

"A rose in a box, wrapped up in dreams," he sang, making them scream. "A card that explains how much your love means. A table for two with soft candlelight. The words 'I love you' somewhere in the night.

"I meant to do that. Does that mean a thing? If you wanted songs, then I meant to sing. I'd give you the world if you'd give mine back. What I didn't do, I meant to do that," he sang, and then played along with the band for a bit.

He concentrated on his finger work on the guitar as he thought about what this song was about. When he'd met Lissa Mealif, he'd thought of all the things she'd never get to do. It had broken his heart, and he'd started to come up with the lyrics right there in her hospital room. Then she got better, and he felt like he owed to her to finish the song. He thought about Lissa as he started to sing again.

"Late in the night, nothing to say. Maybe a call to talk anyway. A letter or two with some words that rhyme to promise you love, for now and all time.

"I meant to do that. Does that mean a thing? If you wanted songs, then I meant to sing. Oh, I'd give you the world if you'd give mine back. What I didn't do, well I meant to do that," he sang, and then raised his voice.

"Hold onto the love you gave until the end of time, and love you more every day, until you know that I meant to do that. Does that mean a thing? If you wanted songs, then I meant to sing. I'd give you the world if you'd give mine back. What I didn't do, I meant to do that," he sang, and then played for a just a bit.

"What I didn't do, oh, I meant to do that," he sang, and then played the ending of the song.

The crowd screamed as he stood up and sat the guitar down. He walked to the front of the stage as Sully came back to the stage with his saxophone, making the crowd scream louder. The band began to play a slow tune as Skyler lifted the mic to his mouth.

"Time can never mend the careless whispers of a good friend," he sang in a mournful voice. "To the heart and mind, ignorance is kind. There's no comfort in the truth, pain is all you'll find."

The crowd screamed so loud that he thought his ears would explode. He smiled at them as Sully began to play the opening of the song. The sorrowful sound of the saxophone vibrated through him as he prepared to sing again. When Sully stopped playing, Skyler stepped back and brought the mic back up to his face.

"I feel so unsure as I take your hand and lead you to the dance floor. As the music dies, something in your eyes calls to mind a silver screen, and all its sad goodbyes.

"I'm never gonna dance again. Guilty feet have got no rhythm. Though it's easy to pretend, I know you're not a fool. I should've known better than to cheat a friend, and waste a chance that I'd been given. So I'm never gonna dance again the way I danced with you," he sang, and Sully began to play again.

"Time can never mend the careless whisper of a good friend," he sang as Sully played his last note. "To the heart and mind, if your answer's kind, there's no comfort in the truth. Pain is all you'll find.

"I'm never gonna dance again. Guilty feet have got no rhythm. Though it's easy to pretend, I know you're not a fool. I should've known better than to cheat a friend, and waste a chance that I was given. So I'm never gonna dance again the way I danced with you. Oh, no," he sang.

"What am I without your love?" he said softly, and then began to sing louder.

"Tonight the music seems so loud. I wish that I could lose this crowd. Maybe it's better this way. We'd hurt each other with the things we want to say.

"We could have been so good together. We could have lived this dance forever. But now, who's gonna dance with me? Please stay," he sang as Sully began to play again.

"I'm never gonna dance again. Guilty feet have got no rhythm," he sang as Sully played his last note. "Though it's easy to pretend, I know you're not a fool. I should've known better than to cheat a friend, and waste a chance that I'd been given. So I'm never gonna dance again the way I danced with you. Oh, no, no, no," he sang, and Sully began to play his mournful tune again.

"Now that you're gone . . . Now that you're gone . . . oh, now that you're gone was what I did so wrong? So wrong that you had to leave me alone?" he sang and the music played out.

The crowd screamed as a piano was lifted on a platform from under the stage. Skyler walked over and pulled a real rose out of the vase of twenty-four that sat on top of the grand piano. He walked back to the edge of the stage, kissed the petals and threw the rose into the audience, making them roar. He smiled at them before returning to the piano and taking his seat.

He began to play as he smiled at the crowd. He could see the dancers standing just off stage to watch as he played. He was nearly to the half way mark of the show, and he still wasn't tired. His throat was a little sore, but he could handle that. He just had to keep going. The crowd began to scream again when they recognized the tune he plaed. He smiled once again and leaned into the mic to sing.

"Lying beside you here in the dark, feeling your heart beat with mine. Softly you whipser, you're so sincere. How could our love be so blind?

"We sailed on together but drifted apart, and here you are by my side.

"So now I've come to you with open arms. Nothing to hide. Believe what I say. So here I am with open arms, hoping you'll see what your love means to me, open arms," he sang.

He played as he thought about all of the things that had happened to bring him to where he was today. He thought about taking the twins out of his mother's house, adopting his son and Chad's drug use. He thought of his short relationships with Brian and Kevin, his disastrous relationship with JC and his loving, wonderful relationship with Jeff.

Could he really come out of the closet and marry Jeff? His heart wanted to so badly, but he was afraid of what it would do to his career. He had to get ready for it, though. He was sure that Jeff would be ready before too long. He didn't want to hurt him by saying that he wasn't ready yet.

"Livin' without you, livin' alone. This empty house seems so cold. Wanting to hold you, wanting you near, how much I wanted you home.

"But now that you've come back, turned night into day. I need you to stay.

"So now I've come to you with open arms. Nothing to hide, believe what I say. So here I am with open arms, hoping you'll see what your love means to me," he sang as he stopped playing. "Open arms."

He stood up, and stepped out of the way as the piano began to sink back into the floor of the stage. As soon as the two panels of flooring had moved back together, Alex was at his side with his own hand held microphone. Sully picked up his sax again, and the band began to play.

"Some dreams are in the night time, and some seem like yesterday, but leaves turn brown and fade," he sang. "Ships sail away. You long to say a thousand words, but seasons change.

"It feels like it's forever. No reason for emptiness, but time just runs away. No more day by day. You dream again, it seems in vain when seasons change," he sang.

"I want you," sang Alex.

"I want to feel you by my side," sang Skyler.

"I need you," sang Alex.

"Don't you know I need you, baby?" he sang.

"Seasons change, feelings change," the sang together. "It's been so long since I found you, yet it seems like yesterday. Seasons change, people change. I'll sacrifice tomorrow just to have you here today."

"Forever seems so far away," he sang alone. "There's time for love and for play. You dream about today, feeling slips away. The winds that blow, they go away, and seasons change."

"I want you," sang Alex.

"Don't hide your feelings from inside," sang Skyler.

"I need you," sang Alex.

"I've got to have your love now, baby," sang Skyler.

"Season change, feelings change," they sang together. "It's been so long since I found you, yet it seems like yesterday. Seasons change, people change."

Sully began to play his solo, and the crowd screamed. Alex and Skyler smiled at each other. Both men loved to hear Sully play the saxophone. It made Skyler feel good to hear it, for some reason. For Alex, it reminded him of his father. The man played the saxophone so perfectly.

"I want you," sang Alex when the saxaphone solo ended.

"I want you feel you by my side," sang Skyler.

"I need you," sang Alex.

"I've got you have your love now, baby," sang Skyler.

"Seasons change, feelings change," they sang together. "It's been so long since I've held you, yet it seems like yesterday. Seasons change, people change. I'll sacrifice tomorrow just to have you here today. Just to have you here today."

"Seasons change, feelings change," Skyler sang alone. "It's been so long since I kissed you, yet it feels like yesterday. Seasons change, people change.

"Seasons change, feelings change," sang Skyler.

"Change the season," sang Alex.

"Seasons change, people change," sang Skyler.

"Seasons change, feelings change," sang Alex.

"Seasons change, people change," they sang together, holding the last word until the music stopped.

The crowd screamed as the two men hugged each other before Alex left the stage. The band began to play again, and the response to the song was nearly deafening. Skyler smiled wide as he heard it. He made his way back to the front of the stage and began to sing.

"It's been a mystery, and still they try to see why something good can hurt so bad. Caught on a one-way street, the taste of bittersweet. Love will survive somehow, some way.

"One love feeds the fire. One heart burns desire. I wonder who's cryin' now. Two hearts born to run. Who'll be the lonely one? I wonder, who's cryin' now," he sang.

"So many stormy nights. So many wrongs or rights. Neither could change their headstrong ways, and in a lover's rage, they tore through another page. The fightin' is worth the love they save.

"One love feeds the fire. One heart burns desire. I wonder, who's cryin' now. Two hearts born to run. Who'll be the lonely one? I wonder, who's cryin' now," he sang, and the band played on. He listened closely for his cue before he started to sing again.

"Only so many tears you can cry 'til the heartache is over, and now you can say your love will never die. Oh, oh, oh. Oh, oh, oh," he sang, and then the band stopped playing. Only Paul's sticks striking each other as he kept the beat was left.

"One love feeds the fire. One heart burns desire. I wonder, who's cryin' now. Two hearts born to run. Who'll be the lonely one? I wonder, who's cryin' now," he sang, and Paul stopped keeping the beat.

They crowd screamed again, and Skyler walked back to sit on his stool. James, Mitch and Adam came forward to sit on the other three. The four faced each other and began to play very softly at first, getting louder as they went. The crowd roared when the realized what song they were playing. This was one of their favorites. Skyler smiled. It was one of his favorites, too.

"You know just how to hurt me, and how to take all the pain away," he sang. "Oh, you must be the devil in disguise. There were times, I think you knew when I was so afraid of you. There's some kind of madness in your eyes.

"You know a place buried deep in my heart, nobody else can see. Something in you has taken some kind of hold on me.

"I don't know why I keep coming back to you, baby. I don't know why I keep coming back to you. To you baby," he sang, and the music got a bit louder.

"You say we shouldn't be lovers, and I say we can't just be friends. All this talkin' just makes me want you more. You've got a way of confusing a heart that nobody else can do. Why should I try, I don't want to get over you.

"I don't know why I keep coming back to you, baby. Just tell me why I keep coming back to you. No, I don't know why I keep coming back to you, baby. Tell me why I keep coming back to you," he sang, and they played for just a bit, before Skyler sang louder.

"I'm so in love . . . so in love with the games that you play. So in love, and nothin' can keep me away," he sang, and they played on.

Skyler and Adam were playing the exact same thing, and they watched each other's fingers so that they could stay in sync. Mitch was playing the harmony while James's base pounded out a soft beat. They upped the tempo slightly as Skyler began to sing again.

"You've got a way of confusing a heart that nobody else can do. Why should I try, I don't want to get over you.

"I don't know why I keep coming back to you, baby. I don't know why I keep coming back. Keep coming back to you, baby. Please tell me why I keep coming back to you.

"No, I don't know why I keep coming back," he sang, and they played for a few seconds longer before bringing the song to a close as the crowd screamed.

They started to play again, this time the tempo was different. The sound of the guitars with the percussion and keyboards was amazing. Skyler loved the sound of this song. He was blown away by the playback when he'd recorded it, and he loved to sing it.

"My mother came to Hazard when I was just seven. Even then the folks in town said with prejudiced eyes . . . that boy's not right. Three years ago I came to know Mary. First time that someone looked beyond the rumors and lies and saw the man inside.

"We used to walk down by the river. She loved to watch the sun go down. We used to walk along the river and dream our way out of this town," he sang, playing his heart out.

"No one understood what I felt for Mary. No one cared until the night she went out walkin' alone and never came home. Man with a badge came a knockin' next morning. Here was I surrounded by a thousand fingers suddenly pointed right at me.

"I swear I left her by the river. I swear I left her safe and sound. I need to make it to the river and leave this old Nebraska town," he sang, and then got louder.

"I think about my life gone by and how it's done me wrong. There's no escape for me this time. All of my rescues are gone . . . long gone," he sang.

They played, watching each other's fingers to stay together. The crowd had lighters lit about their heads, and they were swaying back and forth to the music. Skyler smiled when he saw it. He listened for his final cue of the song and then started to sing again in that haunted sounding voice.

"I swear I left her by the river. I swear I left her safe and sound. I need to make it to the river and leave this old Nebraska town. Ooh, ooh, ooh. And leave this old Nebraska town," he sang, and the brought the song to an end.

The stage went dark again as Adam, Mitch and James went back to there places. The stools were removed from the floor as Skyler went back to his dressing room. The hydraulics were activated to switch from the flowers and false waterfalls to the back ally with graffiti and brighter lights.

"I wanna be a," came his recorded voice once again.

"Techno cowboy!" came the computer voice as he stepped into his dressing room and started to strip out of the suit.

Alex was there almost instantly to help him get into his jeans and brown chaps. He pulled the tight black t-shirt over his head as Alex was fastening the headset pack to his hip. Looking in the mirror, he ran his fingers through his sweaty hair and put on the headset. Then he followed Alex out the door as he heard Bill and Denny pounding out the keyboard entro to the next song.

"Techno cowboy!" came the computer's voice as Skyler joined the dancers on the stage and the lights got brighter. The spotlight found him as he began to sing.

"It's hard to see reason when there's so little hope alive. This is the season to put faith in innocent eyes.

"We're all thinkin' too much. We're so out of touch. We need to start over again. So just let it wander, 'cause you're never too old to pretend.

"Tell ya, just a little miracle is all you need . . . to believe. Just a little miracle is all you need . . . to believe," he sang, doing his footwork as he and the dancers danced across the stage.

"It's not too late to wake up. Don't make no difference who you. Just take off your make-up, and discover the child in your heart.

"Tell ya, just a little miracle is all you need . . . to believe. Yeah, just a little miracle is all you need . . . to believe. Yeah, yeah, yeah," he sang as the keyboards played the entro again, louder this time.

They danced back and forth, twisting and turning as they went. Half of the dancers went one way, while Skyler and the other half danced the other. The spot light followed him while the laser lights followed the dancers. The crowd was stomping their feet in rhythm with the song, and Skyler smiled.

"We're all thinkin' too much, we're so out of touch. We need to start over again. So just let it wander, 'cause you're never too old to pretend.

"Tell ya, just a little miracle is all you need . . . to believe. Oh yeah, just a little miracle is all you need . . . to believe," he sang.

"Miracle," sang the dancers.

"All you need," he sang, and then they sang together. "Just a little miracle."

The music stopped, the stage went dark and they all stopped where they were. Half the dancers left the stage again while the others stayed with Skyler. The techno beat started up again, and he heard his recorded voice answered by the computer voice. He waited until they were all in position before he started to speak into the darkness.

"I see you there. I can feel that stare. Come on over here. Ain't nothin' to fear," he said, and the crowd screamed as the lights brightened and the spot light found him.

They moved seductively, running their hands all over their bodies as they twisted and gyrated. The crowd started getting loud again as Skyler stepped to the front of the dancers.

"Just touch me," he said. "Let my body guide you. Just touch me, you know what to do. Just touch me. It ain't never gonna be the same. Just touch me. Over and out, done with that game."

The music picked up speed as he started to sing, "I hear what you're sayin' Don't worry, baby. I ain't playin'. You've been hurt before I can tell. Won't be the same with me, I got love to sell. Come on over here, ain't nothing to fear."

"Just touch me," he said. "You know what to do. Just touch me, baby. Let my body guide you. Go ahead and touch me. Everything'll be all right. Come on and touch me. Easy, baby, don't put up a fight."

They spread out as he spoke, and then they were standing there, touching themselves methodically as the lights followed their moves. The crowd screamed as they watched.

"Touch me," came the computer voice, and the touching sped up.

"Sexy techno cowboy!" the computer voice said, and the crowd screamed.

"Just touch me," he said. "Everything'll be all right. Go ahead and touch me. Gonna love you, baby, with all my might. I said, touch me, baby. Never gonna be the same. Come on and touch me. Over and over, turn up the flame."

"I've wanted you for so long," he sang. "Ain't no way that this is wrong. Put your hands on me and love me right. Gonna love you, baby, with all my might. Heart to heart, touch to touch. Gonna love you, baby, oh so much. You know what you do to me. Lift me higher, make me crazy."

They stopped and started the touching again as he spoke. "Just touch me. Come on now, don't be shy. Just touch me. Put your hands on me, make me high. Come on and touch me. Never gonna be the same. I said, touch me. Over and out, done with that game."

"Touch me," said the computer voice as the lights went out, and the music stopped.

Skyler moved quickly as the crowd screamed. The rest of the dancers began to pass the harnesses down the line and one by one they strapped them over their torsos. Skyler slid his on just as the beats began to change and the music stepped up a notch. This was the first warning. They had to be ready.

"I wanna be a," came his recorded voice.

"Techno cowboy!" came the computer voice, giving them their second warning. Skyler snapped the clasps of his harness and stepped into position as the music changed again. The final warning had been given. A few seconds later the lights on the stage began to pulse. The lights in the harnesses pulsed with them. Skyler put his arms out straight and bent them at the elbow with his hands up as the spot light found him. The crowd roared.

"Anytime I need to see your face I just close my eyes, and I am taken to a place where your crystal mind and magenta feelings take up shelter in the base of my spine sweet like a chic a cherry cola.

"I don't need to try and explain, I just hold on tight, and if it happens again I might move so slightly tot he arms and the lips and the face of the human cannonball that I need to, I want to.

"Come stand a little bit closer. Breathe in and get a bit higher. You'll never know what hit you when I get to you," he sang, and then they started to move across the floor, carefully moving their arms in time with the beat.

"Ooh I want you, I don't know if I need you, but, ooh, I'd die to find out. Ooh I want you, I don't know if I need you, but, ooh, I'd die to find out," he sang.

As the music played, the dancers paired off to start doing their acrobatic moves. Marcel stood on his hands as Yin grabbed his feet, pulling him backward until he flipped him back onto his feet, making the crowd scream. Dale bent forward and put his head against Dom's stomach while Dom bent over him and grabbed him around the waste. He stood straight, slowly, bringing Dale's lower body up above his shoulders. He turned and slowly leaned backward until Riley grabbed his shoulders to ease him backward. Dale bent his knees so that they rested on Riley's shoulders as Dom let go of his torso and put his hands behind him on the floor.

Then Dale brought his upper body forward, basically sitting on Riley's shoulders. Riley put his hands around Dale's waste and pushed. Dale tumbled expertly away from him, flipping around to land with his feet on either side of Dom. He put out a hand to Dom, and they grasped each other as Dale pulled Dom to his feet.

Ricky and Jun Pai lifted Skyler up, laying him back as they carried him in a prone position over their heads. They walked to where the dancers were lining up in two rows beside each other with just enough room for Ricky and Jun to pass between them. As they did, the others lifted their hands to move Skyler's body down the line. When he reached the end, Frank and David pulled him forward. Skyler lifted his torso and tumbled head over feet away from them. Frank and David caught him and again as he twisted again and brought him to the floor on his feet. The crowd screamed again as the dancers moved back into formation. Skyler lifted the mic on his headset and started to sing again with his arms up.

"I'm the kind of person who endorses a deep commitment, getting comfy, getting perfect is what I live for, but a look then a smell of perfume, it's like I'm down on the floor, and I don't know what I'm in for.

"Conversation has a time and place in the interaction of the lover and a mate, but the time of the talking, using symbols, using words can be likened to a deep sea diver who is swimming with a raincoat.

"Come stand a little bit closer. Breathe in and get a bit higher. You'll never know what hit you when I get to you.

"Ooh I want you, I don't know if I need you, but, ooh, I'd die to find out. Ooh I want you, I don't know if I need you, but, ooh, I'd die to find out," he sang, moving down the line of dancers until Jun lifted him up straight from the waste. Ricky stepped in front of them, and Skyler put his knees on Riley's shoulders as Ricky pushed him forward. The other dancers were doing the same thing until half were on the shoulders of another on their knees. The lights on their harnesses made it look like they were moving faster than they were, and suddenly Alex was beside Skyler on Dale's shoulders. They put their hands up again as Skyler started to sing.

"Anything I need to see your face I just close my eyes, and I am taken to a place where your crystal mind and magenta feelings take up shelter in the base of my spine sweet like a chic a cherry cola.

"I don't need to try and explain, I just hold on tight, and if it happens again I might move so slightly to the arms and the lips and the face of the human cannonball that I need to, I want to," he sang, standing carefully on Ricky's shoulders as Alex stood on Dale's and Jason stood on Dom's.

"Ooh I want you I don't know if I need you, but, ooh, I'd die to find out. Ooh I want you I don't know if I need you, but, ooh, I'd die to find out," he sang, leaping from Ricky's shoulders at the same time as Alex and Jason leaped. They landed side by side in front of their counterparts.

"So can we find out?" he said, and the music stopped as the lights went out. All the screaming crowd could see for a few seconds were the pulsing lights on their harnesses until they went dark as well.

Skyler and the dancers stood rooted to their spots, knowing that the hydraulics switched the set from the ally to a warehouse. When they heard the subtle click that told them the sets were in place, they began to take off their harnesses and pass them down to Debbie, who waited just off stage to collect them.

Skyler walked back to the band as they started to play. The dancers got into their various fighting poses. The music changed, and the lights began to pulse. That's when the dancers began to charge at one another, simulating a fight. Skyler stood behind them as the spot light found him.

"This bloody road remains a mystery," he sang, and the crowd roared. "This sudden darkness fills the air. What are we waiting for? Won't anybody help us? What are we waiting for? We can't afford to be innocent. Stand up and face the enemy. It's a do or die situation. We will be invincible," he sang as the dancers pretended to fight.

"This shattered dream you cannot justify. We're gonna scream until we're satisfied. What are wee running for? We've got the right to be angry. What are we running for, when there's nowhere we can run to anymore!" he sang as the dancers straightened. Ricky grabbed Skyler's arm, turning him into Dale, who grabbed his other arm and turn him into Dom.

Dom pushed Skyler backward, and Jeremy caught him, shoving him in another direction. Frank caught him and turned him until he was standing between Jason and Alex. The dancers lined up behind them, and they started to dance.

"We can't afford to be innocent. Stand up and face the enemy. It's a do or die situation. We will be invincible, and with the power of conviction there is no sacrifice. It's a do or die situation. We will be invincible!" he sang, and the music stopped as the lights went down for the final time of the night before the show ended.

The lights around the stage began a slow, low pulse as Skyler was helped into the second harness by Alex and Jason. They were careful not to tangle themselves in the cables that would lift Skyler. They were nearly impossible to see in this low light. They got him into the harness and stepped back into formation as the lights began to pulse higher.

"I wanna be a," came Skyler's recorded voice.

"Techno cowboy!" came the computer voice. This was their warning that it was time to be ready.

"Unfortunately, Barcelona," he said as the spot light found him, making the crowd scream again. "It's time for us to say adios. You've been an amazing audience. I love you, Barcelona!"

The crowd roared and stomped their feet. The music began again, and Alex and Jason stepped slightly away from Skyler, remembering how hard it was for Skyler to dance in the harness when they'd rehearsed. Skyler looked up at the platform where Bruce sat, controlling the harness. Bruce was the only person that Skyler would have trusted to make him fly.

"Everybody on the floor. It's time to get jumpin'. Scream and holler for some more, 'cause the music is pumpin'. Feel the rhythm, let it flow. Move and loosen your body. Come on, come on, let it go! Let me see you shake that ASS! Hey, Mr. DJ, I really like what you're playin'. Can I have a little more? You know what I'm sayin'. Give me more of that rhythm. Give me more of that beat. Get up out your seat. Come on, come on," he sang, and then Bruce lifted him off the stage. The crowd's response was thunderous as Skyler sailed out over their heads.

"Get 'em up, up, up, get 'em up, up, up! Get 'em up, up, up, and let yourself go! Get 'em up, up, up, get 'em up, up, up! Get 'em up, up, up, and let yourself go!" he sang, and the music played on as Bruce used his controls to put Skyler back on stage between Jason and Alex.

"The music's taking control, and you just can't deny it. Free your mind, free your soul. Free your body and try it, throw your hands up in the air. Wave 'em high up above you. Do it like you don't care. Shake it up, shake it up, shake it up! Hey, hey now DJ, the crowd is hyped so get to it. Shake your pants and let's move it. The place is packed wall to wall. Is everybody out there havin' a ball? Go with the flow, and you, I know you can do it!" he sang, and then Bruce had him sailing above the crowd again.

"Get 'em up, up, up, get 'em up, up, up! Get 'em up, up, up, and let yourself go! Get 'em up, up, up, get 'em up, up, up! Get 'em up, up, up, and let yourself go!" he sang, and the music played on as Bruce used his controls again, and Skyler was back between Jason and Alex, but he nearly crashed into Alex. The two men smiled, stifling laughter.

"Let the music free your body. Come on everybody! Get up, get on up! Let the rhythm move your body. Come on everybody! Get up, get on up! Come on baby, let yourself go!" he sang, and then did his best to fall into line with the dancers to dance. He had to be careful. The cables would tangle them all up if he got too close. When they'd completed their dance, he stepped away from the group just far enough as Bruce lifted him again. He sailed above the crowd again as he started to sing.

"Get 'em up, up, up, get 'em up, up, up! Get 'em up, up, up, and let yourself go! Get 'em up, up, up, get 'em up, up, up! Get 'em up, up, up, and let yourself go!" he sang, and Bruce used the controls to lift him higher and higher until he was sheltered in darkness.

The dancers continued to dance for a a few minutes, performing the finale for the song. Then the lights began to go out one at a time as the dancers danced to the center of the stage and then sank as the center section of the stage was lowered until they were no longer visible on the stage. The band continued to play for a few more minutes before one by one performing one last flourish before leaving their post and heading off stage, waving at the audience as they went. The drummer was last, and the few remaining lights on the stage pulsed with his drum beats. As Skyler was lowered behind the stage the drums were pounded in the final flourish and then the stage was silent and dark.

Skyler got changed as quickly as possible, once again donning the white suit and then he took his place at the grand piano as the spotlight winked on to the center of the stage and the crowd screamed again. The piano was raised to the stage and Skyler waved at everyone, making them scream once again. Then he began to sing and play.

"Come on, come on," he sang. "You have got to move on. This is not the you I know." He played a few bars before singing again. "This isn't real, it's just all you can feel, and that's the way that feelings go. And whether or not it's right or wrong, you'll do what you will do.

"When the cloud in the sky starts to pour and your life is just a storm you're braving, don't tell yourself you can't lean on someone else, 'cause we all need saving . . . sometimes."

He played and looked out at the crowd and the see of lit lighters as they swayed to the music. He had to admit that this piano certainly did sound haunting, and he loved this song so very much for obvious reasons. He turned back to the mic and began to sing again.

"Say what you will but the time that we fill while we're on the earth should not be alone. We were meant to be known. You make me what I'm worth, but I can't keep you from yourself. You'll do what you will do.

"When the cloud in the sky starts to pour and your life is just a storm you're braving, don't tell yourself you can't lean on someone else, 'cause we all need saving . . . sometimes.

"I don't know why it has to be this way, and I don't know the cure, but please believe someone has felt this before.

"When the cloud in the sky starts to pour and your life is just a storm you're braving, don't tell yourself you can't lean on someone else, 'cause we all need saving . . . sometimes. We all need saving . . . sometimes. Sometimes."

The lights went down, and the crowd screamed again. Skyler was lowered once again until the piano was no longer visible on the stage. He'd made it though. The show had been a success.


"Tell Me" is a song by Madonna. "Killer-Papa Was A Rollin' Stone" is a song by Queen. "Soul Free" is a song by George Michael. "The Image" is a song by Richard Marx. "Get Up!" is a song by Julien Gregg. "Human" is a song by Human League. "I Meant To Do That" is a song by Paul Brandt. "Careless Whisper" is a song by Wham! "Open Arms" is a song by Journey. "Seasons Change" is a song by Expose. "Who's Crying Now" is a song by Journey. "Keep Coming Back" is a song by Richard Marx. "Hazard" is a song by Richard Marx. "Miracle" is a song by Richard Marx. "Touch Me" is a song by Julien Gregg. "I Want You" is a song by Savage Garden. "Invincible" is a song by Pat Benetar. "Let Yourself Go" is a song by Dino. "We All Need Saving" is a song by Jon McLaughlin.


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