Dave Melillo: "How many of you ate lots of turkey today?" Crowd: "Yeah!!!!!!!!" DM: "Well I'm a vegetarian so I think that sucks." What an awesome way to open a set on thanksgiving.The rumors of the venue cooking for us yesterday turned out to be a farse, the truth was that they wanted load-in to be later so THEY could eat. Bummer.
So after that show HGB's tour manager came on to our bus to say that he's gotten a call from Richard (Drive Thru owner) because some kids at the show saw the girl flash and told their parents who called the venue who called Richard who called the tour manager to yell at him about it. So I guess it's the parents that are conservative in UT.
I figured Salt Lake City was a small conservative city filled tons of wives and few husbands. I was wrong.
The view was pretty sweet to one side with a nice mountain backdrop and to the other side, absolutely nothing. The venue was next to a soup kitchen and “The Bridge,” an awesome vegan café. The first people I met happen to be Straight Edge kids who are legendary for being insane but this these dudes were wicked cool.
Lawrence, Kansas may sound like a town east of nowhere but it truly does rules. Those that know their emo history know that the Get Up Kids are from this area east of nowhere and with Reggie coming through town out of the woodworks came the ex-Get Up Kids to catch the show. Reggie was in full effect hamming it up with the addition of a second guitarist, Cory, formerly of COALESCE (reunion coming soon btw) and they were absolutely insane.
All it took was watching Brendon from Panic! At the Disco shred to Avenge Sevenfold to convince them that they NEEDED this game. Jeff seems to be the best. I've yet to have a turn.
Oh yeah, tour not really cancelled.
Monday we've got a day off in Alabama. We're going Leprechuan Hunting....
Also some awesome info that I didn't share before.... The guitarist is Rich from As the Sun Sets AND the bassist is #2 from Slipknot. How sweet is that?????
Pictures from the House of Blues last night.
The whole concept of the internet celebrity is ridiculous but it’s so apparent when Justin the tour manager and Magann the merch dude get people screaming their names just because they’re in someone’s top 8. It’s sort of a legend thing that doesn’t require you to do anything cool except to know people. LAME. At least the dude from Hope Con killed a dude to get his status or at least that’s what I’ve heard.
When you're 18 and drive a Z3 that your daddy bought you, don't give me the keys. This girl did and boy did I do some sweet donuts.
Some things happen on tour that people aren't proud of. Tonight one of our buddies on the HGB bus decided it was time to lower his age limit to 17, or at least them saying they're 17.
Along with this general theme is the "Get naked or get off the bus" mentality for people that aren't associated with anyone on the bus, either entertain or get off, otherwise you're just an extra person in an already cramped space.
To desinger crap. Maybe I'm just a boring norm but Bape hoodies that look like the Mickey Mouse and Goofy shirts you find at your local Wal-Mart are not only hideous, but not worth the hundred$ they pay for them. Seriously, even the knock-offs are $100.
Next on my rant.... Nike Dunks. Jesus, I own 7 pairs of Saucony's in different colors but at $15 a pair that barely ammounts to one cheap pair of Dunks.
Today we're in Maryland somewhere. It's a day off so its a combination of showering for the first time in a few days, doing inventory and creating a niggaspace account. Yesterday when attempting to build a new merchboard the drill jumped and decided to go into my finger. Bad for me, good for the tip jar.
This bus is powered by mac nerdz
Just like Cinderella’s ride, most of the rock clubs we hit turn into a totally different entity come midnight. Our bus was still parked next to Toad’s last night and when the hoochies hit the streets and we were ready to get some of them on the bus. One of them was so drunk that the left her camera. I guess legally I can't post the pictures (I wonder how FOUND does it?) but here's what they looked like.?xml:namespace>
Tonight we (the three Boston kids on the bus) introduced CIWWAF & HelloGoodBye to Boston Beatdown and did our best to convince them that Boston is one giant fist fight. We then proceeded to explain how most of the dudes in the video were actually nice guys. We're throwing mixed messages fo-sho.
Lastnight I met up with everyone at Avalon. I didn’t have a laminate yet so I snuck in the backdoor unnoticed. I manned the merch table, which we couldn’t keep stocked at all because the kids were eating it up.
After the load out we hopped on the bus and ordered some food. Trying to explain that you’d like a delivery to a giant bus on Lansdown street is easier said than done.?xml:namespace>