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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

9.29-30.07: Phoenix - St. Louis

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.



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9 comments:

portorikan said...

HOLY COW! The speakers fell. Thank GOD no one was hurt. I bet Paul was quite surprised.

Aaron said...

*crosses fingers* Youtube Youtube Youtube Youtube Youtube...

Elliot said...

I hear ya about festival shows. I've heard rumours that you guys are coming down under for Big Day Out next year. I'm hoping for a secret pub show as well! Is that too much to ask? :-P

In all honestly, I just wanna see you play.

Melanie said...

Wow.. I don't think was up when I left for the show. I'm really glad no one was hurt by the speakers falling. Scary stuff!!

Thank you so much for talking after the show. I never really did answer your question about shows I've been to lately because I went totally blank when you asked. LOL Anyway, I always think of 50 things to say and can't seem to grasp any of them sometimes.

And you were fun to watch tonight. I hope you guys enjoyed the show a little because I enjoyed it a lot. :) Not sure I got any decent photos, but the music more than made up for it. :) I was a little worried about the bad night you had a while back because it sounded a bit like our venue.

I have a million things to say now, but I don't want to bore everyone. Hope you have a good and safe trip to CO.

--Melanie

Switchfootprincess said...

woah....speakers! haha, amazing.

Jeehae Jamie Kim said...

I think you've hit another milestone in your career, I found you guys on Ebay! Haha, but the listing spelled your name wrong, I'm sorry :(. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=280138166459&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT&ih=018

Hope you get a laugh out of this one! See you soon.

Society's Elite said...

well it'll be a little cooler here in NYC on october 18th...

looking forward to the show...

Melanie said...

That's too funny about e-bay, because Darren gave Hershey's kisses to some guys in the front of the line yesterday and they were joking about putting them on e-bay. LOL I assure, you, though, the allure of chocolate was too great. It didn't last long. Anyway, it made me laugh.

Jen said...

That's depressing (EBay). If you had a signed thing, wouldn't you want to keep it? You know, sentimental-like?

Unless maybe they were strapped for cash and you know, it was feed the kids or keep the strat. Otherwise, it kind of miffs me...

Personally.

Btw, Melanie, you don't bore me. :)


Vintage Cab I used on MM debut (this is my dad's); it has two 15" Jensen speakers.