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!
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.
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…
im so fukcen wasted holy shit.w i hate fucken patsy. ican right in this journal when i pleaaaaaase biches,
actually i’m sober and that was the best i could do on april fools. fooled you, you thought i was drunk and typing in the road diary?
last night in wisconsin we introduced our new “garbage can medley” where we play about 20 seconds of all of our old retired songs like dregs, cocoon, etc…
there was a contingent in the crowd dressed in full-on luau gear — coconut bikinis, etc… i thought for a minute that our video was reacting well with the public but then i realized that we just finished the editing and it will be two weeks before any could possibly see it. in canada. on much music.
also noticed that crowds have caught on to blowing bubbles in the front row during “either way.” ryan suggested that this become a new tradition last week in east lansing and it seems to be working. creates a nice effect, especially when ryan delivers that line “step on a kid he’ll grow up hating you.” one day ryan will explain his lyrics to all of us.