Monthly Archives: October 1999

10.30.99 – The Orpheum, Boston MA

tonight i wore a tuxedo for the first time since i went to senior prom with amy eisenfeld in 1991.

thank you, boston, for a lovely evening.

brian

ps… did anyone pick up one of the satan flyers ryan made up before the show?

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10.29.99 – Jailhouse Rock, Montreal QUE

one hour from the border crossing after two nights in canada… tonight in montreal we played just about every song we could remember in preparation for our boston show on saturday. sorry to be leaving montreal without seeing more of it. i really like this city from what i know of it, though james {the guy who fixes my drums, hands ryan and adam guitars, and catches the shaker on “i spy”} and i had two cabbies try to rip us off tonight coming to and from the hotel. the first guy asked james if he had ‘anything smaller’ when he tried to pay for a $6.75 cab fare with a ten dollar bill… excuse me? apparently not all americans are as cheap (and hard to sucker) as us. that guy found his tooney alright {note, tooney is canadian currency for a two dollar coin} …. the same thing happened on the way back from the hotel though the fare was half as much. did that first guy just get wicked lost or did he feel like taking his best american friends on a tour of quebec?
rob’s been making me watch his seinfeld tape lately. rob’s our sound engineer who likes mic tapes better than soundboard patch tapes.
i think the last thing ryan said to the crowd tonight (about 60% american) was this: “thanks for coming, we’re guster, have a nice trip home, remember to shove your pot up your ass before you cross the border, goodnight.”
b

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10.27.99 – Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto ON

We’re in Toronto, half way through a day of 6 interviews (CBC, Much Music, etc) and 5 performances of Barrel of a Gun. Last night we played on The Mike Bullard Show, which resembles the Conan O’Brien/Dave Letterman formula talk show in every way except that his jokes all tank. Anyway, the other guests were Eric Idle (who wasn’t funny, but that’s okay he was brilliant in Monty Python) and Fabiana Whateverina (who played Alotta Fagina in the new Austin Powers movie? I dunno, I never saw it)… it was her first talk show and we were happy to coach her through what to expect backstage in the green room. For all she knows, we’re veterans.
We weren’t nearly as nervous as we were for Conan O’Brien last year. We played the song pretty much without a hitch and then Ryan got to sit on the chair next to Mike Bullard for a quick interview. Ryan did well, called Mike “pumpkin pie” and forced him to hug him, etc… got a few laughs, seemed eager but natural… he even got to hug Fabiana as they rolled the credits. Though I don’t think she really hugged back.
b

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10.23.99 – Variety Playhouse, Atlanta GA

History was made tonight. Some kid named Nathan challenged Ryan to a game of Bond (007 on the N64) after the show in Atlanta and actually defeated him in the back lounge of the bus. Ryan was previously undefeated. He was clearly shaken after the defeat and wasn’t himself at the Clermont later in the evening.
This afternoon we played a little in-store thingie at some record store in Atlanta and 35 people showed up. We blew off requests for “Crayola” and other such Gus-era tunes opting instead for a 4 song set of Airport, I Spy, Happier, and Barrel of a Gun. We played 21 songs at our show tonight at the Variety too, which might be a record for us. Jump played like a 2 hour headlining set last night and we did our best to compete, despite the fact that my hands have never been larger.
They’re filled with fluid. Cheers,
b

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10.21.99 – journal entry by Ryan

guest enterer: ryan miller
nashville, tn – Exit/In.
woo hoo. our first non-sucky nashville show! unbelievable.
it seems we’ve had a curse in this town. dubbed the “nashville curse” by the legendary conguero—- no longer a curse, nashville has become our favorite town in central tennessee….
the peeps tonight were enthusiastic and “in the haus,” ready for some big rok.
pushstarsjumplittlechildrenguster tour ’99. dream tour, if you ask me.
played, not some of the hits, but all of the hits and finished up with a heart-string-pulling “unplugged” version of moan-a lisa. love doing that.
looking forward to tomorrow and saturday in atlanta. dos noches en hotlanta. in my opinion, one of the 3 great cities in the South.
come out, come out, wherever you are…….
xoxoxoxo
ryan

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10.20.99 – Five Points Music Hall, Birmingham AL

We went on at 12:30am in New Orleans last night. It’s a “late” city — about half way through the set I put my palm right through the head of my djembe. I know it sounds like I do this all the time, but that was my main djembe and in three years of playing on it I’d never broken it. Meanwhile, I didn’t have a spare, so the rest of the set got a little silly — it’s like asking a kit drummer to play without a kick drum. We played some Parachute stuff we rarely play — The Prize, Dissolve… some kid in the front row had a “Let Brian Sing” poster, and we indulged in a conguero-led version of Mona Lisa. I hit SEVERAL notes correctly. Damn, I’m good.

Ryan came out for the encore in an inflatable sumo wrestler suit… he looked like Wierd Al Yankovic looked in the video for “Fat” — We played “All The Way Up To Heaven” with Ryan dressed like that.

In a couple of hours we will take the stage in Birmingham Alabama. I will be playing a rented crappy CP djembe because no drum store in Alabama sells extra Remo djembe heads. “Y’all need a jim-bay head!? What the Hell’s that!?” We will play Barrel of a Gun and Airport Song for the third time today (two events this afternoon required we play our “hits”) and then I will stumble on to the bus and fall asleep in my bunkie (because I’m tired, not because I’m drunk. Not that there’s anything wrong with being drunk.)
Beaming with Mets pride. It was a great season.

Bri

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10.17.99 – Tipitina’s, New Orleans LA

day off at days inn in new orleans. love this city. will be eating gumbo, red beans and rice, jambalaya, bbq ribs, crawfish pie, veggies, shrimp creole, louziana yams, and bread pudding very soon in the french quarter. will be steering clear of bloody bourbon street though. that place sucks.

lillywhite’s stint as guster bassist is through until we hit california. by our charlotte show he pretty much had the songs down, though his british “y’all” confused everyone. the show in charleston at the music farm was ridiculous. it’s jump little children’s hometown and i’ve never seen that place so packed. 1200 people mushed like sardines into a room that should only hold about a thousand. it was good to see jump back in their element being rock stars.

lillywhite was mad at me because we scratched ‘either way’ from the set list the last three nights. i put my mallet right through the djembe i use on that tune in greenville and won’t have a replacement until this week. sorry steve. steve promised he would mail in a journal entry for us but then again he left us hanging with the closing studio diary and i can make no promises. he’s gearing up to produce the new dave matthews album in the new year.

cheers,
bri

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10.14.99 – The Handlebar, Greenville SC

today’s entry: ryan miller.
greenville. south carolina.

i think i finally like greenville. we have visited this city many times in the past few years, yet today gave us the first opportunity to actually spend some time here during the day. there is a fantastic waterfull underneath a bridge in the middle of downtown. neato.
tonight’s show was a-ok. a spirited wednesday night crowd cheered us through even the most difficult moments in the set (adam forgetting the lyrics to “happier”, brian breaking both a cymbal and a drum head). steve’s arrival has been a huge kick in the ass. the stages are small, but having another back to do that Kiss move with during “fa fa” is soon becoming invaluable. fun spending every day with a genius.

so two weeks have passed since we released our latest record. my impression is that the majority of you (us?) are enjoying the album and it has been amazing watching people become comfortable with the new songs. who can resist giving us the “star search” applause during the key change in “all the way up to heaven”, or singing the “woo oohs” in “centre of attention”? who can?? can you? can you?!?

i enjoy being back on the road. it has been quite a while since we have done a headlining tour of our own country. USA! USA! old friends are coming out of the woodwork. good to see you, friends.

ok. brian wants to take the computer and send out (and recieve) e-communication before it gets too late.

thanks for reading our daily journal entry today.

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10.13.99 – The Elbow Room, Columbia SC

Last night after our show in Columbia, SC a woman who manages three “Waffle Houses” in the state said she wanted to take us and the Push Stars out for FREE Waffle House food after our show in Greenville (tonight). I made some lame “smothered and covered” joke (it’s a way to order homefries at all Waffle Houses) and then begged her to bring me a free Waffle House shirt to the gig tonight.

Anyway, Lillywhite is on the road with us now playing bass. He’s practicing a whole bunch of songs with us so we can know what will sound good at Hammerstein on Thanksgiving Weekend. He hasn’t played bass live since he was 18 and played in a metal band called “Arc Angel.” Anyway, he did really well. We even nailed Two Points For Honesty. He got a bit lost on X-Ray but who can blame him, he didn’t produce that one.

I felt bad. At the end of the set someone yelled out “Rage Against the Machine” and we proceeded to mock-cover Killing In The Name Of while he sat there on stage holding his bass without any clue what song we were butchering. By the end of the week, I will get Steve to send in a journal entry, complete with his signature charming British mis-spellings. “What You Wish For” is his favourite song on the new album.

B

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10.09.99 – RIT, Rochester NY

Last night we played a gymnasium in Rochester NY, though most of the audience came from Ithaca and Syracuse. We had a person on stage with us translating the lyrics (and Ryan’s spew) into sign language. Apparently, a division of RIT is for deaf students, some of whom came to see us. I kept looking over at the woman signing during songs like “Happier” when Ryan and Adam’s vocals overlap on different lyrics. She handled it well — we couldn’t stump her. I spoke to her after the show and she’d listened to all the cds. I was impressed she’d done her homework.

Also at RIT, I tried using in-ear monitors for the first time. These are the little FBI-agent looking things that you stick in your ears to play you your mix instead of using wedges on stage. I think I’m a convert. If that’s true, we’ll play from here on with zero stage volume (all of our mixes will be sent directly to our earplugs)… people backstage and on the side of the stage won’t be able to hear a thing.

Philly show on Thursday was ridiculous. Our best PA crowd to date. Strange to think we may have played the TLA for the last time. I love that room and the Electric Factory (capacity 3300) is a big jump. We thought the NFTY kids in the crowd would appreciate the “Shima,” so we broke into it with Ward from Jump Little Children on the heels of “So Long.”

As for rumors that Steve Lillywhite will be playing bass with us for the week of shows… they are true. If it goes well down south we can expect to see Steve at Hammerstein and maybe even in LA.

b

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