Talk about going out with a bang! OK, the vocals are still out, Noah looks back stage where Eli is in his wheelchair with head set ready to go. You can see Matt & Derek in the background. Patrick runs over to the crew. "Whats the problem?" "Audio glitch" "Fix it!" He goes back to Robin freaking out that his father is out there on stage alone. Everyone is going to find out he is a sham he is sure. The band starts tuning up (Kudos to GH for giving Rick REAL band some screen time and several closeups!) and Anna runs out on stage to save the day. "I know your all super anxious to see the fabulous Eli Love, but your going to have to wait a tad longer because I'm not through with him yet" and pulls him into a kiss. Eli smiles at them from the stage side. Robin wants to know why her mother is kissing Noah on stage. "She's vamping, she's actually quite good at it" Patrick explains, impressed. The long wet kiss, wait, that's they lyrics to the song. LOL The kiss ends and Anna realizes they need more time. So she starts to thank "The man of the hour" for donating his time & talent to LIFEBeat. She then explains that she is the mother of a daughter living with HIV (near tears). She talks about HIV, education and prevention for a few minutes. This journey were all on she says is gonna end in a cure! With that Noah hugs her and we see an impressed Eli clapping from the side.
The crew tells Patrick & Eli "The mike's on people!" and Eli gives Noah & Anna the sign its a go. Anna tells Noah "It's now or never". Eli checks the head set, gives the band the signal and we are off! "Who killed Rock & Roll" full force. I don't really think I can do this justice but I will try. lol It was pure Rick on that stage. Patrick, Robin, Anna, Epiphany and Eli are all on stage side rocking out. All totally enjoying it. We flash a few times to Eli singing in the head set but the music is totally coming from the mike Noah is singing into no doubt. We pretty much get the full song, minus a few choruses of WKRR. The band even got several well deserved close ups throughout. I have to say it was like seeing Rick live! He even gave someone the "eyes" as Rick is known to do to someone in the front row. Signature moves were aplenty. Eli from the sidelines looked like he was really enjoying it too. Oh go watch the video clip! LOL ELI ELI ELI was the response when he was done! "Thank you Port Charles, good night" No, thank you Rick, for a great month of GH!
Noah leave a chanting crowd and grabs Anna for another kiss as they head back stage to see the waiting group. Noah asks Eli what he thought "You were great, your moves were almost as good as mine, almost (with a laugh)" Noah: "Well, I'll take that as high praise from Cesar!" Patrick & Robin are both impressed as well and let Noah know. Eli continues "A lot of people weren't disappointed who were counting on me, if you ever need anything all you have to do is shout out ok?" Noah "I will".
Patrick & Noah share a moment alone and Patrick asks him "So how does it feel?" "Oh man, it's so much higher than alcohol ever made me feel. I take back every criticism I ever said about Eli Love & his music" an elated Noah says. Patrick says it probably isn't going to end soon. Noah says he doesn't want to come down, as a matter of fact, he is going to call Eli and tell him if he ever needs him to stand in for him he up for it and goes off to call him. He leaves Patrick with that familiar look of concern.
The sweet goodbye
Back on an empty stage, crowd gone, Patrick, Robin and Anna gather. Noah doesn't want the night to end. They hear a helicopter and Noah thinks its Eli's being sent for him, no such luck. It's for Anna. She just got a call for an assignment to London. Time to say goodbye. She hugs "handsome" (Patrick) and tells him to take care of her little girl, looks at Robin and then turns to Noah, looking sweetly at him. A sweet goodbye kiss follows. He's not saying goodbye. "We don't say goodbye in the music business" "What do we say?" asks Anna. "I don't know, I tell you next time" (could we see them together again someday??) "You be good" she says as she looks at him longingly and turns and walks off with Robin for a private goodbye. Left with Patrick, Patrick says that was some kiss, you just keep surprising me. "Well, I learned a lot walking in Eli Loves shoes this last couple of weeks" Noah explains. "Such as?" Patrick asks him. "Take your life off hold, find your dream and hold onto it. Live life Eli Love style" Noah says. "Ah, groupies & rap sheets" Patrick teases. "Whatever goes with it" a smiling, laughing happy Noah says and he hugs his son!
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