We went from greasy fries to happy meals this night in Charlotte. Overall, I think it was a great night of music; however, Amos' is a very narrow and long venue, which causes the stage to be the same way. For example, I'm either close to the front of the stage or way in the back by my amp. There's no in between; moreover, this "tightness" messes with the interplay between the four of us. Regardless, we were elated by the huge, sold-out crowd. I know it may seem trite to talk about crowd size, but it has the ability affect the performance and vibe of the concert.
Apparently, each human body gives off 30amps of energy. If this is true, then image that multiplied by 1000 and trapped in fairly small room. All that power comes racing towards us and mixes with the energy of the music. Forgive me if I'm babbling too much about this, but since I deal with it everyday, this phenomena of what makes a bad show, bad and great show, great fascinates me. There are many factors working against each other, attempting to rip our show apart (entropy at its best), and I think we simply try to minimize those negative factors by practicing, controlling the quality of p.a. system, soundchecking, etc.
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