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Date: Sat 09 Nov, 2002 at 13:18
Headline: Contrast & Compare

Greetings & Salutations!

"All I learned from history
and careful how you take it
is recognize the same mistake
every time you make it"

-David Lee Roth, No Big Ting

If there is anything that life has taught me, it is that there are times when you take a break between sets and there are times when you do not. I have yet to learn to distinguish between those two times with any sort of prescience, but the fact that I recognize the same mistake every time I make it has to count for something, right? ....right?

Teton Gravity Research brought in a massive audience to check out their latest opus last night @ Harry O's and many of them stuck around through our first set (hmmmm...skiing, snowboarding, and Pink Floyd....what could possibly be the connection?) but the crowd definitely thinned quite a bit between sets and by the time we reached the end of the show only a fraction of the initial crowd was left. Meldrum pointed out afterwards, and I agree, that perhaps we should have just pressed on without taking a break, and we might have held on to the bigger crowd a little longer. Not that I'm complaining; the folks who did stick around until the wee hours were ravenous and loud, and we wrung every bit of energy we could out of ourselves to give them the best show possible.

I am listening to the soundboard recording as I type this, and I can tell that not everyone was fully on their game last night, but for the most part it's still very tight and confident. This was Don Rogerson's first gig with us on sax, and he sounds great. I'll have to get some new mp3s up soon featuring his playing.

We had a great Spinal Tap moment during 'Run Like Hell', when an extremely loud audio feed from a Rage Against The Machine Song kept cutting in and out over the PA. Our tech guys were pulling their hair out (we eventually traced the glitch to a miscommunication issue; the audio for the projected visuals was meant to be muted by the house board but wasn't) but the band more or less shrugged it off. At that point, it was very late and I was too exhausted to be anything but amused by it. :-)

Since we do occasionally learn from our mistakes, the load-in and soundcheck were planned a little more meticulously than before and took considerably less time. The weather was not as much of an impediment as we feared, and despite some straggling and a few technical glitches here and there, we did manage to have everyone reasonably comfortable and ready to go by showtime.

It never ceases to astound me just how much work has to go into making a show like this happen. I keep thinking the process is eventually going to become routine, but it's always a big, scary adventure - and I'm glad we have so many great people to help us navigate through it. Thanks to Fozz for the visuals (the best we've had yet), Timmy Cruz for the sound, TGR for the crossover opportunity, and everyone who showed up and dug it.

Well, that's all she wrote for live shows in 2002, unless something non-pass-up-able comes along in the next month. We are now getting ready to hunker down and do some woodshedding to prepare for the upcoming recording sessions.

To be continued....

your humble correspondent,

Thom Bowers