Date: Mon 26 Sep, 2005 at 13:25
Headline: On A High Note
Greetings & Salutations!
We're back from our Colorado jaunt, the last road shows of 2005.
I had planned to take notes as things went along, but ended up spending most of my downtime devouring Live From New York, an engrossing multiple-first-person account of the history of Saturday Night Live. Though I haven't been a regular viewer of SNL for the past decade or so, it was once a huge part of my entertainment life, particularly in high school where the late 80's/early 90's version of the show was absolutely worshipped by myself and the rest of the theatre geeks. The book is amazing, composed of hundreds of current quotes from cast, hosts, crew, writers, directors, producers, network execs, and so on. Great stuff.
There was some question earlier as to whether Juli would be able to join us for this run due to a medical crisis in her family, but fortunately she was able to fly out and meet us in Grand Junction and stay for the duration (cue big collective sigh of relief.) We were prepared to do it without her if we had to, but it just wouldn't have been the same, either on stage or off.
Juli rocks the house in Grand Junction
Funny moment: I was doing a radio interview for the local rock station in GJ, and they were having a call-in contest about Beatles movies. This led to a (rather fanboyish, admittedly) discussion during the commercial break between the DJ and myself about A Hard Day's Night and its impact on music, film and pop culture in general. The DJ's girlfriend, who was hanging around in the studio and clearly bored by the whole thing, gazed at me levelly and said "you played a lot of D&D as a kid, didn't you?" Heh. As it happens, I did not (I've never liked RPGs) but I have more than enough geek cred in other areas to make up for it, so the spirit of her assessment was pretty spot-on.
Both gigs were a rush, but I think we were much more relaxed on Saturday and gave a better performance. Friday it seemed we were trying too hard, getting too caught up in the energy of the crowd and losing focus. Both audiences were tremendous; big, loud, and as thrilled to see us as we were to see them. It was a bit heady seeing people lined up outside the Mesa Theater an hour before showtime; being our first time playing there, we really weren't sure what to expect. In Steamboat Springs, we recognized a lot of folks from our gig there earlier this year, and were happy that we could pull in so many people during what, for the town, was pretty much off-season. Can't wait to see what happens when we head back there in January.
Getting Floydian in Steamboat Springs
Gargantuan props to the great management and crews from both venues, particularly Chad, Patrick and Eric @ Levelz, and Dave, Jeff & Jake @ the Mesa. We truly appreciate the amount of work you guys put into making us feel welcome and making the shows look and sound so good. If you only had half as much fun as we had...well, then we had twice as much fun as you did, but you know what I mean. it was a thrill to finish this year's road gigs on a high note. Thanks! :)
We're hoping to fit one more local gig in before the end of the year, but for now, it's back to work on the long-awaited-at-least-by-us-yes-it-is-still-coming -and-we-need-to-shut-up-and-get-on-with-it new CD.