Monthly Archives: May 2000

05.07.00 – Beale St. Festival, Memphis (Bri)

This is Brian. Little did we know when we pulled into the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis today that we were sharing the stage with Foreigner! I could barely contain myself all day… mom, we opened for Foreigner! I’ve been waiting, for a gig like this, to come into my life, yeah waiting… here were some highlights:

* During “Hot Blooded,” when Lou Graham walked to the edge of the stage and sang “C’mon baby, do you do more than dance?” — I screamed like a little girl! They played all the hits!

* The sax solo during “Urgent” — that guy dropped to his knees he was so into it! And then, after the solo, as he walked back to his riser, he did a 360!

* During the encore of “I Wanna Know What Love Is” Lou took the entire microphone stand and turned it toward the crowd so it was picking up the audience’s voices! I sang my ass off! You wanna know what love is? I love Foreigner!

P.S… Lou Graham has not aged gracefully.

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05.07.00 – Beale St Festival, Memphis (Ryan)

hello you.

ryan miller here, for my semi-weekly road update.

one word, and that word is foreigner. no, i am no xenophobe, i am speaking of the hit-machines of the 1980’s, of lou graham and co., of the band that taught me, your fearless servant, exactly what love is.

perhaps is should give a little background….. as the spring tour winds down and summer approaches, headlining dates turn into festival and support slots. this past weekend, we played two large festivals, music midtown in atlanta, and the beale street festival in memphis, tennessee. music midtown was a rock fest, as we played right before canadian alterna-kings our lady peace, and 90’s airplay monsters collective soul. but for me, sunday was the big day. the line-up: guster, randy neuman (i love la. we love it!), rickie lee jones, collective soul, and then, the real kicker, my elementary school favorites, foreigner. (ed note: i got my first-ever boner couple skating to foreigner’s “i wanna know what love is” at the hot wheels roller rink, dallas, texas, 1981)

our set in memphis was early and brief, but the kids seemed to like us, and we had the rest of the afternoon to ready ourselves for the event del dia: foreigner, live and in person, appearing on the budweiser/auto zone/bellsouth mobility stage. with dusk, came anticipation. would they open with “cold as ice” or “double vision”? how would the crowd respond? would lead singer lou graham still be able to fit into his leather pants?
our questions were soon answered. they opened with “double vision”, the crowd was wild with reckless nostalgia, and no, lou graham cannot still fit into his leather pants. (or hit those high notes anymore, by the way).

perhaps the set can be summed up as follows: two songs in, lou screamed to the crowd, “we still got it! we haven’t even broken a sweat yet!” and ran directly behind the drum kit where a roadie was waiting with hot tea, a wet towel, and a nice soft chair. i swear, he even made a sign offstage for some oxygen.

the only thing going through my head was: if we ever become famous and have 8 top ten hits, will i want to be 43 years old and playing “window”? i don’t even want to play “window” now. i refuse to be an aged rockstar. i will not get fat and grow my grey hair long in back and on the side so i can cover my receding hairline. i will never utter the phrase, “we haven’t even broken a sweat yet!”

perhaps, some songs are better left unsung. some memories should be just that.
lou graham, you are no willie nelson.

ryan miller

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05.05.00 – Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte NC

last night in charlotte we ate chinese food at our friend andy johnson’s house. he popped in a copy of the woodstock 99 dvd, which includes our performance and a clip of an interview with us. we refused to watch our performance (we’re like that) but we watched the interview and it went like this:

interviewer: “so, what was it like to play to 200,000 people?”

ryan: “umm, i don’t know you’d have to ask adam durwitz.”

that was pretty much the whole clip. the joke works not because we are making fun of the less-attended stage we played on, but because ryan pronounced the counting crows’ singer’s name wrong. and that’s why the joke works.

entering kentucky.

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05.04.00 – Wilmington NC

Right before our first-ever show in Wilmington last night, we learned from a friend that “Felicity” (quality WB Network show) used a good chunk of “Rocketship” in the episode that aired that night. During “Rocketship” Ryan spewed a fake dialogue between characters of the show over the intro and the outro to the song. No one got a tape.

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05.02.00 – Day Off, Charlottesville VA

hello you.

this is ryan miller reporting from charlottesville, virginia.

today was a day off. it was nice. we saw the sun and the sun, it all of it’s southern glory, saw us and our collective northern paleness.

long live sping.

sunday night was no fun. we were told that our first rock video ever was going to “world premier” on mtv’s 120 minutes on monday morning between 1 A.M and 2 A.M. EST. at the beginning of the program, chris booker, the host of the program, said the following:
“we’ve got a great show tonight…. we have debut videos from leona ness, broadcast and GUSTER.”

hmmm. as interesting as being in this band has been over the last years, i must say that seeing our first rock video on the mtv was going to be one of the more surreal moments. i write “was going to be” because exactly 120 minutes after mr. booker said our stupid name on the mtv, he said, “and that’s our show tonght. see you next week on 120 minutes.”

no guster. no fa fa. not even a fa. boo hiss. we had to sit through some of the crappiest videos i have even seen in my life and 3 corn pops commercials. i went to bed at 3, completely luau-less. boo hiss.

the next day, we got word from our record company that there was some technical snafu at the mtv and that they were sorry. in fact, they promised to play “fa fa” in the first half hour next sunday night, sometime after midnight. not sure that i am going to stay up for that one, although it would be kind of trippy to see “guster” written in the mtv font in little white letters in the lower left hand corner of the screen. right where they put mariah carey’s name. mmmm……mariah carey.

in happier news, our video did actually world premier yesterday afternoon on vh1. they were nice and even said that we went to tufts. neato.

behind the music or biorhythm? rock and roll jeopardy or the blame game? divas or loveline? you decide.

that is all. we stay in the south for a while i think.

your best friend,
ryan miller

ps. go rent “hands on a hardbody” watch “the family guy” on fox and listen to wheat’s record “hope and adams.”

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