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.
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.
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.
Howdy! This is Jonathan from Jump, Little Children. I’ve stowed away on the Guster bus and taken over their computer while everyone is asleep. I just want to take this time to let you know what kind of underware the boys really wear. First of all it is all ladies underware, and cheap stuff at that. Ryan has on pink granny style ruffly things. Adam has on a slightly more classy red satin with lace trim. The g string of course belongs to Brian, and looks quite nice I might say. As of tomorrow all of their undergarments will of course be missing and in my overnight bag. If anyone is interested in purchasing any of these rare items please log onto http://www.jumplittlechildren.com and make sure to specify if you want them clean or dirty. I will see what kind of other items I can steal on the rest of the tour and keep you up to date on high and low price items.
Played a really good show in Cincinnati tonight but I’m too caught up in Edgardo-Alfonzo-Fever to remember it. Ryan and Adam failed to mention the Mets/Reds game to the crowd tonight despite my request. They don’t really pay any mind to sports. But Ryan ended up wearing a bra on stage for the second time in three shows. Are these bra-bearing people bringing extra bras to the shows and throwing them on stage, or are they removing their own bras, throwing them on stage, and going home bra-less?
Bloomington Indiana tonight. Last year our show here took a twist when this guy Hakeem tugged on Ryan’s ankle after seeing the (small) size of the crowd and said: “Should I get my sax?” — We said “Yes” and he ended up being amazing. That version of Bury Me is on the Pasty Tapes (EP we gave out to our reps). Tonight was just a quick 8 song set before Robert Bradley’s Blackwater Surprise took the stage.
Ryan came up to me during Robert’s set and mentioned that both bands we were playing with had timeless classic songs in their sets. And he’s right. I think he meant “Once Upon a Time (I Remember Marvin Gaye)” from Robert Bradley, and “Cathedrals” from Jump Little Children. Both bands are fantastic, live and on record, and those songs in particular strike you in their sets.
Cincinnati tomorrow… which reminds me that Edgardo Alfonzo and Al Leiter really came through tonight for the Mets.
Just got home from Rosemont Horizon in Chicago and realized we hadn’t posted here in a few shows. Today was a day off and the fingers are de-swelling… enough so that I can type anyway. We leave for Bloomington (Indiana) at 4 (am).
Atlanta show was quick… we played 7 songs, sort of “unplugged.” 99x (radio station in Atlanta) needed us there to celebrate the release of their Live X cd, which we have two tracks on (Demons, Airport Song, as performed live in Georgia about a year ago)… then we flew up to Michigan to meet the bus and crew. Apparently Eric, our monitor engineer, got hit by a car while crossing the street on the trip to Michigan from Boston. He’s okay, though bruised up a bit. He said the car had a big dent in it and that made him feel a little better.
The crowd in Michigan made us debut “Two Points For Honesty” before we were ready. We still haven’t figured out quite how to pull this one off live. It’s a song we built up track by track in the studio without worrying about whatever implications that had for its live performance. It was an atrocious rendition of the song, but got the best response of the night. Ann Arbor was too kind to us. I hate venues with assigned seats… so hard to find energy in those rooms. Though the Orpheum should be an exception.
I loved the Vic Theater in Chicago — it’s a beautiful theater that still shows movies (?) — across from a very authentic Mexican Tacqueria place where I just purchased a late-night chimichanga. It was the best Chicago crowd I can remember and the best Airport Song I think we’ve ever played… kudos to Ward from Jump Little Children for joining us on that one…
We’re still figuring out how to get our digital camera photos up on this thing. Our stupid laptop doesn’t have a disc drive. We need to post a picture of Louis, our bus driver, as soon as possible. Goodnight.