Monthly Archives: April 2000

04.30.00 – Mayo Island, Richmond VA

This is a picture of us playing at the Mayo Island Earth Day Festival today in Richmond VA

This is a picture of Mayo Island following the big Earth Day Festival today:

Earth Day 2000!


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04.26.00 – Charlottesville VA – UVA

We had a show earlier this evening in Charlottesville VA… since our producer, Steve Lillywhite, is recording the new Dave Matthews album in town this spring, he dropped by to join us on bass guitar for What You Wish For, Two Points For Honesty, X Ray Eyes, and Barrel of a Gun. He also said he would be bringing the singer and drummer for the aforementioned rock band with him, which led to the following argument in Gustercamp:

“Do you think they’ll be coming on the bus?”
“Yeah, where else would they hang out?”
“Well then we should clean up a bit.”
{Pasty begins vacuuming}
“Wait! Not too much — if it’s too neat in here it’ll look like we cleaned up just for the occasion.”
“Who cares?”
“C’mon, they know what tour busses look like… you vacuumed too much already, now we need to add some dirt…”

and so on and so on… Lillywhite came by himself and did a good job on his four tunes. Then when we kicked into “Fa Fa” the crowd started freaking out and while we thought for a minute that our new single was catching on and forcing people into hysterics, we soon realized that we were in the presence of some real celebrities, who stayed and watched our encores of All The Way Up To Heaven, Bury Me, and Mona Lisa (unplugged)… a smattering from our complete discography.

Carter hugged me after the show. They were friendly and down to earth. Looking forward to our show together in Indianapolis. Indianapolis!?


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04.23.00 – Philadelphia PA

before we went on stage at the electric factory i noticed that the back of our trailer had been tagged with spray paint… a couple of undecipherable squiggled graffiti letters in vibrant color on the white door of our trailer… so i reasoned that we were in philly, it’s a tough town, these things happen. later i learned from pasty that we’d been tagged a few days earlier in new hampshire.

new hampshire!? how lame is that? isn’t portsmouth like the yuppiest city in the country? what a not-bad-ass story that makes. our trailer was spray painted while parked next to a smoothie shop outside of the quaint portsmouth music hall in new hampshire! live free or die!

Dan Myers on Sax during Fa Fa

oh yes, philly. we played a 5-song acoustic set for a radio station that afternoon and my hands were beyond the point of caring anymore so i hit pretty hard at the electric factory. there was a hammerstein-like crowd and they were great to us. the highlight of the night was actually having a successful pinata bashing for the first time… we had SWOOP, the philadelphia eagles’ mascot (famous guster fan!)do the honors, beating the pinata of adam’s head so it showered matzah all over the first few rows of the crowd. it was like we’d envisioned it when we decided to make the pinatas… adam’s plaster head spiraling around spewing its insides to thunderous applause from the crowd! the night before in providence i couldn’t get the matzah to come out of the pinata of my head, and the first luau night in dc, ryan’s pinata fell from the ceiling and nearly knocked him out (see “Spinal Tap Moment” in pasty’s latest journal entry)…


Special thanks to our crew who worked so hard during national Guster week

Luau Aftermath

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04.22.00 – PPAC, Providence RI

at the PFPAC in providence last night we played the cover song you all chose for us to perform from our little website contest thing. here are the top ten vote-getters:

Song:                                                  Votes:
Come On Eileen                                    154258
Take On Me                                           97012
Funky Cold Medina                             24101
I Want it That Way                             18079
Tom’s Diner                                          14568
Kyle’s Mom is a Big Fat Bitch            8004
We Built this City on Rock and Roll  6115
Conjunction Junction                         3650
We are Family                                      3251
Just a Friend                                         2392

we had dan myers on sax for the tune so he covered the violin melodies and we actually did dexy’s midnight runners proud. i remember as a college dj finding a vinyl album of theirs post-come-on-eileen where they were clean cut and wearing nice suits on the cover, a harsh re-imaging from the banjo-plucking, overall-wearing dexy’s we came to know through their smash hit. toora loo rye-aye…

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04.20.00 – 9:30 Club, Washington DC

Once again, this is guest journalist “Pasty” sitting in for the puffy-handed Thundergod for an evening. Let me begin by saying that after three tries, it was nice to finally sell out the 9:30 club here in Washington D.C. A rowdy crowd was in the house tonight ready for Rock Show Luaua 2000. Some came dressed for the occassion, others were given lei’s upon entry. The scene was set.

With last night marking the official kick-off to “National Guster Week,” all of us here at camp guster were finally getting to see some of the ideas in our heads come to fruition. Among these ideas: a giant backdrop with a tropical paradise scene; large neon (and extremely grotesque) palm trees; tiki torches (like the kind you use in your backyard to keep bugs away); a parrot made of wood perched 15 feet in the air; and the ultimate gag….oversized pinatas resembling (loosely) Ryan, Brian and Adam filled with Matzo, which would be lowered from the ceiling at a certain point in the show and smashed.
Much of the afternoon was spent setting the stage with all of this crap. Everything was to go without a hitch. The banner went up, the parrot was perched, the torches were lit (and promptly put out due to an overage of smoke), and a huge head of Ryan Miller was carefully placed in the rafters to be lowered after Barrel. However, in a 100% “Spinal Tap” moment, during the breakdown of Bury Me, Brian and Adam launch into “Wipeout,” and from front of house I hear a loud *thud.* The pinata has fallen and hit Ryan on the shoulder. So much for the big surprise. Ryan quickly recovered, explained the joke and threw his head into the audience.

The rest of the set went well, and the high point of the evening: a second encore consisting of Brian singing the song, “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer. What made this a particularly interesting version of the song…the guys were wearing nothing but grass skirts…and I do mean nothing. Long live rock and roll.

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04.17.00 – Day Off

day off. two nights ago in worcester, matt “the meat grinder” kosciak created a 25-foot banner that read:


and i burst through it before we played our encore to the people of assumption college, shattering it into pieces. two pieces.

the crowd was pretty charged, and ryan got ahold of a security flashlight early on in the night so he could join in the fun of illuminating people when they broke the rules, like climbing on peoples’ shoulders.

yesterday in new hampshire adam let me use his flowbee, and sharon from josh rouse’s band joined us on upright bass on “dissolve” and “the prize.”

tomorrow we welcome dan myers on the bus for a week. national guster week. cheers.

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April 15th – somewhere in massachusetts

Hello from backstage at Assumption College in Worcester. The members of the student activities board are currently running around looking for a safety pin or thumb tack and lighter so that we can pop the nasty blister on my finger with a sharp, sterilized object. Be right back…

Operation was successful, though the tip of my finger still has a lot of fluid in it. Eric, our monitor engineer, thinks I should have lanced the blister in two places. Sorry that you have to be reading this, mom.

Guster intern extraordinaire Matt “The Meat Grinder” Kosciak should be showing up with a “Gorcester is for Wuster” sign tonight. It’s a big gym show, like last night at Stonehill college, and the school is taking good care of us. Not only do we have internet access in our dressing room, but there was a drum set, a piano, and a bass guitar in the basement. We spent a couple of hours this afternoon trying to be like Ben Folds Five.

Ryan & Adam are off playing Racketball right now

Thanks to the people of the greater Northampton/Amherst/South Hadley area for making Thursday’s show one of the best of the tour. Sorry we forgot to write about it.

I left puss on the Assumption College keyboard. That’s so bad.

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04.12.00 – Boston College, Chestnut Hill MA

tonight we played in a hockey rink at boston college. run dmc opened up for us. no kidding. we weren’t about to let them be the only band to cover an aerosmith tune at the show, so we worked out a quick version of “sweet emotion” and broke it out about halfway through our set. ryan surfed through the crowd while singing it and adam delivered the guitar riffs like joe perry in his prime. or, is joe perry in his prime now? or, is it STEVE perry?

anyway, the show was great considering it was in an arena, and i got to do my laundry in the basement of walsh hall after our performance. before the show we had a big backstage dinner with the new gusterns (guster office interns) that we hadn’t met. for your viewing pleasure i’ve included a photo of our intern, moria, giving me a haircut in the dressing room with a dull pair of scissors before we took the stage.

we’ll miss you jam-master jay!

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04.07.00 – Waterstreet Music Hall, Rochester NY

tonight in rochester we made a bold attempt at a new gag — we received an email from someone where she described her nightmare to us…

> Hey Guys!

> > I am so looking forward to the Guster show in Rochester, NY on April 7th that I had > a very frightening dream about it last night. The place was packed and Adam and Brian came > on stage, but no Ryan. Then “Ryan” came on but he was really, really fat and he had long, gnarly > hair. He sort of looked like a greasy truck driver with the wife beater shirt and all. Anyways > you started playing and sounded really bad, and then realized that it wasn’t Ryan on stage, it was > a poser. Then the real Ryan came out > and that’s all I remember. Just wanted to make sure that was a dream.

> > Sincerely Yours,

> > Jacki Radell

… and so we decided to act out jacki’s dream at the top of the show when we took the stage. we thought she’d be freaked out to see that her nightmare came true — we delivered it just as she dreamt it. our friend from tufts, andy custer (he played bass on the gus album parachute), played the role — we dressed him up like a truck driver and stuck a pillow under his shirt and sent him out there as “ryan” about ten seconds after me and adam took the stage. the crowd was confused. then the real, ungreasy ryan came out and read the email aloud. the crowd clapped, but they were confused.

so we reasoned that the joke was pretty much for us and the one person who sent the email and saw her nightmare become reality… but then ryan said he met her after the show, expecting her to convey the thrill of the moment, the absurdity of it all to him… and this is what she said:

“yeah, i’m the girl who sent the email thing… it was sort of cool.”

this makes me feel like tenacious d in the episode ‘the fan.’ jack black and kyle gass decide to stalk their only fan, “lee.” those of you with access to hbo or the 6 tenacious d episodes know what i’m talking about. here’s another tip: the thank you section in lost & gone forever is almost a direct quote from the episode about flarna where kyle dies.

otherwise, the rochester show was amazing. thanks to joey at wber for the two-hour on-air interview this afternoon. you rarely find a station these days willing to let you take over the airways and play whatever records you want and talk about whatever you feel like. cheers.


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04.05.00 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH

Reflections on Los Angeles —

First and foremost, Adam was wandering around the CBS studios in LA and found the set for The Price Is Right. Then he found the big wheel you spin to get into the showcase showdown. You know what wheel I’m talking about. Adam spun the wheel. It landed on $1 — I shit you not. We don’t have a digital photo to prove it, but it happened.

So our guitars never made it to the Craig Kilborn show (you’d think I would know how to spell his last name by now) — we had to rent them, in case any astute viewers picked up on the blond color of the guitar Adam was playing. It worked out okay. Ryan forgot to yell “The Thundergod!” into the microphone during the drum breakdown in Fa Fa’s bridge, but he has a chance to redeem himself on Letterman in June. I proudly wore my “Alabama Rock & Roll Tour 1984” t-shirt but people tell me it wasn’t legible on the television. As for what Craig Kilborn is “really like,” I couldn’t tell you, but when we told him we were big fans of his old show on Comedy Central he said “this show’s much better.”

Reflections on Columbus Ohio —

We had to take a red-eye flight to get to Ohio in time for our show. Unfortunately our equipment didn’t make it on the same flight and we were stuck with no gear in Columbus (except the guitars which were never shipped to LA)… we rented and bought a hodge-podge percussion kit (hodge-podge!?) and played a show with no guitar effects for the first time in a long time. So we went into the archives, breaking out most of the songs from Parachute for the occasion. Fall In Two, Mona Lisa, Window, Eden, Dissolve… pretty much all of the songs that didn’t make it on The Garbage Can Medley. We even broke out Rainy Day for an encore just because we were feeling sexy.

Reflections on The Grapes of Wrath —

Steinbeck takes a partisan posture to indict the myth of California as a Promised Land while his participatory aesthetic seems based on a trinity between writer, text, and reader to ensure maximum affective impact…

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