Hello all…it is finally my turn to “guest-star” on the Guster Tour Journal (kind of like Mr. T on that episode of “Different Strokes”). But anyway, it’s me…Eric. You may have heard my whistling/clapping on the album version of “All the Way Up to Heaven” or seen my sleigh-bell performance on the live interpretation of the song. My actual job title in Guster-land is that of monitor engineer/guitar tech. This means I am responsible for what the guys are hearing in their little tiny earpeices during the show, as well as tuning and maintaining all of Adam and Ryan’s guitars.
Tonight we played a WBRU show in Providence with Vertical Horizon and Tori Amos. It was my 3-year-old nephew, Lucas’, first rock concert ever. According to the girl sitting in front of him in the balcony, he pointed me out every time I came out on to the stage. I think he’s my biggest fan.
But the show went really well and I got to hear Tori’s cover of “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. I think she even waved to James (our stage manager) on her way out. See ya on the road!
guest lecturer: ryan miller.
we are in harrisonburg. harrisonburg, virginia. woo hoo.
much fun tonight. it has been a while since we played a university sponsored event, so tonight was a nice change from the oh so grueling club tour. the kind folks at james madison u gave us lots of juice (orange AND cranberry) and a poster, complete with glitter, that read, “jmu loves guster.” that was sweet of them.
three t-shirts were launched at us before we played a single note, and we wore our “jmu ultimate frisbee flying hellfish” shirts with pride thoughout the show. in fact, we inaugurated a new guster tradition: if anyone thows a t-shirt at us on stage in virginia, we are required to put it/them on. for real.
looking forward to tomorrow’s show with tori amos in providence. i’ve seen her on mtv.
ok. very late and i must go and play a few games of bond to get my confidence back after receiving an “ass-whoopin'” by two punk challengers earlier today. i could not hang. i am a dark stain on all that is guster.
last night we played our biggest show ever. hammerstein ballroom in new york city.
there were 3500 people there, including my parents, guest bass player steve lillywhite, and a girl named heather renee lazinger who emailed us asking if we’d announce her 18th birthday from the stage. we did. just for the hell of it. we’re still waiting for her to speak up and confirm that she was on-hand to soak up the glory of the moment. thanks to everyone that emailed us already to say “hammerstein kicked my ass” — i think we were suprisingly comfortable on stage for such a big show. here’s a brief recap for those of you that missed it…
we chose ‘happy together’ by the turtles (in its entirety) as intro music. we used to play the verse part of that song as the bridge of ‘barrel of a gun.’
lillywhite played bass on ‘what you wish for,’ ‘two points for honesty,’ ‘x-ray eyes,’ ‘barrel of a gun,’ and half of ‘bury me.’
there were 50 dead chickens strung from the ceiling and hovering above the stage. i read my 2nd grade thanksgiving poem about turkeys being shot in honor of the holiday. there were big yam collection bins on stage too.
ryan started playing ‘demons’ and it sounded like he was either two frets off or wicked shithouse or whatever… adam cut him off and refused to play the song until he put his capo on correctly.
dan myers played a ridiculous sax solo on ‘fa fa.’ his best yet, i think.
ryan played piano on ‘so long’ for an encore… it wasn’t bad either, though we mainly did it as an excuse to noodle around on ‘my life’ (bosom buddies theme) on the piano.
we attempted the acoustic ‘mona lisa’ for a finale but couldn’t get 3500 people to be dead silent for it. fortunately, as we are wont to do in these situations, we recovered boldly by performing a rendition of the song plugged-in, but with your conguero/author here on vocals. i have never hit so many notes in one night. thank you new york city.
We played “We Are The World” as our last song with Jump Little Children tonight. Every band member took a verse. Ward sounded just like Willie Nelson.
We’ll miss you Jump Little Children. Enjoy your travels
guest journalist: angela (the merch girl)
so- this entry is a bit belated. i wanted to write on thursday night – feeling inspired for whatever reason, but the need to shower took over at 3:30 am. we played edmonton that night. a place called “the sidetrack cafe.” before we played, the place hosted “an evening with elton john,” who also happened to be playing edmonton that night. they brought over 100 people to their restaurant by bus, fed them and sent them to the elton john concert – once again by bus. the whole deal seemed a bit odd to me, but then, the fact that guster was playing following this event was equally as odd, so i chalked it up to, well, canada. i was wondering; are canadians accustomed to seeing live music in such venues? the whole eat a meal while listening to guster was too close to dinner theater for my liking. but hey, if that’s how you like it…
the opener at the sidetrack was a local band called “knee deep in grass.” the name says it all. a few guster highlights included several (inevitable) brief elton john covers, as well as ryan’s debut as ryan miller – vocals and keyboards. he faked his way through “so long” like the pro he is, and rumor has it that performance won’t be his last. something to look forward to.
we’re in minneapolis now. the last show before a brief break and the big thanksgiving weekend. oh- and we’re getting a new bus this week! clearly, there is much to celebrate. so let me close by saying sorry if my entry doesn’t contain the same wit and charm that brian’s usually do, but this is only my first and i can get better. really…
be nice to me and i’ll give you free stuff.
Today we saw a matinee of Being John Malkovich on our day off in Vancouver. Rarely is there a Guster Consensus when it comes to movies but we safely give this one the full-on Guster Endorsement. Run, don’t walk.
Last night 58 people came to see us play in Vancouver. I think it was the most fun we’ve had at a show since Gunnerz back when we played Iowa City. They fed us shots on stage and the night just sort of went wherever it went. Perhaps someone should make a tree of the tape of last night. I’ve never sung Mona Lisa so well in my life.
Calgary and Edmonton should be interesting.
Hi from Vancouver. I slept through the border-crossing last night so obviously they didn’t break out the dogs on us or tear apart the walls of the bus looking for drugs. This is Brian. I believe our run of guest journalists (Pasty, Isaiah the Contest Winner, James our Stage Manager) is temporarily through… we are still waiting on Lillywhite to toss in his two shillings but he left us hanging on the Studio Journal too.
The West Coast of the United States was very encouraging. Bigger crowds than we expected. Apparently lots of east coasters move out to the west coast when they graduate from college.
Last night in Seattle Ryan told a longwinded 6 Chapter story of his day, explaining why he was wearing the exact same clothes that he was wearing the previous night in Oregon and why he showed up at the gig in a rental car 15 minutes before we were set to take the stage. We also played “Two Points For Honesty” with Ward from Jump Little Children on cello for the first time since Michigan. Ward is the greatest human being on the planet earth, with the possible exception of the other members in his band.
There are some new pictures up on the Nov 13th journal that are worth checking out if you like photos of congueros and horses. Audi 5000.