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More on Patrick Moraz By Jim Carnes Last week we had an interview with Yes keyboardsman Patrick Moraz before the band performed at Charleston Civic Center, and this week, we continued the conversation a bit. Moraz' solo album, i, tells the story of a hotel to which patrons go -lor the "experience of a lifetime." At the hotel individuals begin at the bottom floor and work their way up through the levels until they reach the ultimate experience, the highest high. When the journey, through the hotel is completed, the individual dies, for he has experienced all there is to know except death. In i, Moraz concentrates on two people who meet inside the hotel and fall in love. The plot is concerned with the question: can they survive the hotel? When we talked, Moraz said he thought it was possible to appre- tiate the album without understanding the story, although he couldn't understand why anyone wouldn't comprehend it. "There is no obligation to understand anything to like my album," he said. "I think, however, that American audiences will appreciate it more because of its story. The American audience is more sophisticated, more advanced," he said. "Everything is more 'big' here. Education is quicker, more wide, more diversified. American audiences are sharp . . . and they're demanding." k- Two questions I generally ask rock performers when I interview 'them are: who do you listen to when you listen to music and what do you think you'll be doing 10 years or so from now. When I asked Patrick Moraz Freakshow those questions,! got these answers: "I listen to the masters. The masters of style. I don't care, particularly, what type of music it may be, I want to hear the best of it. I listen to Stravinsky-and Jimi Hendrix. To Miles Davis. John Coltrane, to Bach and The Beatles. I like South American music, Japanese and A f r i c a n . I like rhythm very much." As for how long he'll be a Yes man, Mpraz could say only: "We can see ourselves as musicians for-. ever. As a group or solo, we will go on, creating shows, w r i t i n g and performing . . . It will always be creating. For the moment I consider myself a musician. I think I will always be a creator. I am interested in all forms of expression." Before he became a musician, Swissborn Moraz was the director of an import-export business. Nowadays, he exports music to the world. And generally high-quality stuff, too. S P E A K I N G OF H I G H : My sources tell me that rock artist prices this summer have skyrocketed. A recent Rolling Stone article revealed that the Eagles will make $5 million plus this summer. That's hard to believe, perhaps, but the band gets a minimum of $100,000 to ENlARLTD. IN CONCERT AEROSiUITIl SPECIAL GUESTS STARZ IN ASSOCIATION WITHWKAZ TONIGHT 8 P.M. TICKETS ON SALE NOW FESTIVAL SEATING S7.00 CIVIC CENTER BOX OFFICE ONLY TICKETS AVAILABLE AS LATE AS SHOWN TIME CALl 348-8070 FOR INFORMATION CHARLESTON CIVIC CENTER IRlAR.LlD. THE WORLD WIDE TEXASJOJIR SPECIAL GUEST BLUE OYSTER CULT WEDNESDAY JUNE 30 8 P.M. TICKETS ON SALE NOW FE5WAI SEATING Sft.OO LIMITED ADVANCE SEATING I PIUS OUHET senvice CHABGE I CIVIC CENTER BOX OFFICE AND ALL ENTAM TICKETS OUTLETS O R O K R R Y MAIL NOW 72 t O P C / O S N I A M . LTD REYNOLDS STStET. CHA?lfSTON. w VA. J5301 Coll 3ifl'80?0 FOR iNf-ORMATlON CHAKLEStOMMC CENTER headline a show. That's w h a t they're getting for an outdoor concert at The Grove near Wake Forest. There are two other bands on that show (I don't know what they're being paid), but the promoter will have to draw about 40,000 attendance to break even. A few other highly-paid performers; Z Z Top at 550,000 per outdoor show and Aerosmith at $25,000. Aerosmith, by the way, performs at the Charleston Civic. Center tonight. The fee is a little lower inside. One group many people thought they were going to see perform in Charleston--Earth. Wind and Fire--has canceled, and I know why. My source for this one, I'm sure is in a position to know, so trust me. It seems Earth, Wind and Fire had accepted a tentative date in Charleston but before the band would sign a final contract, they wanted some information; specifically, they wanted to know the size and distribution of blacks in the total population of the Charleston area; they wanted to know income and age groupings. Then they asked size of the hall and ticket prices. With the statistics in h a n d , the band decided that Charleston wasn't a lucrative enough market for Earth, Wind and Fire. They'll concentrate instead on cities with more (and more affluent) blacks. Of course, they ignore what might be a sizable white audience for the group. Earth, Wind and Fire's current album, by the way, is Gratitude. 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