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Date: Sun 30 May, 2004 at 15:48
Headline: Homecoming

Greetings & Salutations!

First thing's first: Thank You, Thank You, Thank You and Thank You some more to our friends in Salt Lake City for the wonderful welcome home last night. It was great to see so many familiar faces (and a few new ones) turning up to check out the show. You did us proud, folks. We had a good time running through some new SoN tunes and playing the entire Animals album for the first time in SLC. The return of the Sheep Gun was a lot of fun, though we didn't actually shoot sheep out of it this time (maybe it needs a new name).

The crew was fantastic -- Fozz's work on the video screen was tight, we were happy to have Brian Thur doing the lighting again for the first time in several months, and Paco is the best sound engineer with whom we've had the priveledge of working. Can't wait to see what this team is going to cook up next.

And it's a good thing that everything was running smoothly with the crew, because the band certainly had their share of technical difficulties. Tim and Matt especially were plagued with gremlins in their guitar gear, and I certainly didn't help by being my ususal bull-in-a-china-shop self and knocking over the 12 string acoustic...not once but twice! (Hey, the stage was crowded, ok...?) I also broke a bass string in the middle of a song, and for the first time ever, I had to swap out for my backup instrument. Fortunately it was during 'Another Brick In The Wall', where the bass could afford to drop out for a minute while Tim was busy getting the crowd to shout along.

Overall, though, the band rose above these little setbacks and delivered a strong performance. Greg, in particular, really seemed to be enjoying himself, stretching out the endings of songs into massive noise jams before letting us add the final sting. Though I regretted the stage configuration that we chose at first (it was a little unbalanced in places, and led to things like the aforementioned repeated knocking over of guitars) I eventually came to prefer being able to run back to the drums on an angle, and make sure all the little cues between Greg and I were as tight as we could make them.

Since The Zephyr closed last year, we've been a little aimless, and it's taken quite a while to settle on a local place for us to do our thing, but everyone at Egos -- everyone: management, crew and staff -- has stepped up to the plate and then some. We had a great show, and are looking forward to more with much anticipation. Expect us back at Egos soon and often. We're looking forward to seeing you there, too!

Oh, and a personal thanks to the various band, crew, and audience members for the fond birthday wishes (and to Juli for the cake, which my family is still devouring right now). It was very cool of you and it meant a lot. That's two birthday-timed shows in a row, now...we should make a point to do it more often. :)

bye for now