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Saturday, January 26, 2008

1.26.08: Tampa, FL: St. Pete Times Forum

Yesterday, I met a security guard outside our dressing room. He was just sitting there, calm and meditative. He was an old man with dark, spotted skin and thin gray hair; he was wearing a red Hard Rock jacket, and looking down at a book from time to time after gazing into an empty hall. His book was on Rafael Alberti (a Spanish poet of the "generation of '27.") Next to his book was a pamphlet on the rosary, and next to that, a picture of Fidel Castro.

I approached him and asked how he was. He was soft spoken and kind. In no time, we were talking about his homeland of Spain, the greatness of Rafael Alberti, Castro and Cubans, the poor and illiterate, socialism, and high taxes in Florida. Wow! what a change from the usual mindless security guards in clubs, but then, again, this wasn't a club venue, and Reynaldo wasn't your average security guard. Thankfully.

After the show (which went relatively well considering we started at 6:30pm and a lot of people hadn't yet arrived), we were able to talk a bit with Rob Thomas, Paul Doucette, Ryan MacMilliam (the new drummer), Matt Beck (hired extra aux player), Cedric (Alanis' bassist), and various others whose names I haven't quite mastered yet. The point being that we were able to meet a lot of great people, all very nice and complimentary, and it's confirmed to me that this tour will continue to be amazing.

Apart from the show, we've brought a mini-studio on the road and have been continuing to write and develop the songs for the new record. This I am most excited about, and can't wait to play these new ideas live. Hopefully, I'll get some time to take some pictures and videos soon.



portorikan said...

This is the show I wish I could've gone to.

Glad you're having a great tour but it sucks peeps were still shuffling in.

Awesome security guard.

Bertman316 said...

Glad things are going well.
We'll see you in The Apple (the big one) on Valentine's Day.
- Bert & Carina

Melanie said...

That's so cool... all the way around. The security guard sounds like a very interesting person to talk to.

I am very much looking forward to the show in March. I will be sure to get there early. I wouldn't want to miss a thing. :)


William said...

Nice to read the tour is going well so far. I'm looking forward to the show in Reading in a few weeks. Is 6:30 the usual start time? Secondly, on the DVD, what tune is going on when you're talking about the fans in Canada/South Florida? It's a great track and I would like to hear it in one piece!



Kevin Decker said...

I love your description of Reynaldo. Character development in one paragraph! I feel like I was there!

The Tone Guru said...

I agree with Kevin. So many of your blogs are like a lesson from a creative writing master class. You inspire me.

You also make me wish I had taken Spanish in highschool instead of French.

Vintage cab used on MM debut (two 15" Jensen speakers).