As most people will agree, festivals are usually not the ideal milieu to watch your favorite band. Most bands don't have sound checks (unless you are the headliner); bands sometimes aren't playing their own gear, but rather set backline equipment; set times are cut short, i.e., cram as much music as one can to give the audience the best bang for the buck; slots are sometimes during the middle of the day when the sun is beating down fiercely on the stage and the band (namely the drummer) is grasping for every inch of life; etc. etc.
This past Saturday and Sunday, we played two festivals. We've played quite a few on this tour so far; however, I think we are about through thankfully. The only one we have left is Voodoo, which is a bit different in that it is well ran and in New Orleans. Last year we played it, we had a smashing good time.
Phoenix was hot, but beautiful. I love the desert. The show went extremely rough. We were rushed through set-up before we were ready to start. Our front of house engineer was truly upset at the situation. He didn't have many of the lines ready to go. Regardless, we pulled through and did our best. After the short set of twenty minutes, I watched a bit of Hot Hot Heat and The Bravery, both of which were very good.
We got to the airport the next Sunday morning around 4:30 a.m. and arrived in St. Louis around 11 a.m. Again, this festival was really unorganized, but once we settled down into what was the reality of the day, we geared up for the set, trying to make the best of the situation. I must say that this was a festival show I will not forget. That is because Paul knocked two huge speakers off the stage. Apparently, the speakers were not secured, and once he stepped on them, they crashed with a vengeance. I was not amused. Thankfully, no one was hurt. The bottom speaker was a JBL dual 18" and the top was another relatively large speaker. They were the side fills on stage. Anyway, the show went a lot better than the last two festivals. We got a good response by most of the crowd. Afterward, I watched some of Sum 41.