Monthly Archives: March 2012

Bongos & Blizzards, Baby!

After days and days of blue skies, temperatures in the 60s, and spring skiing at the Crested Butte Resort in Colorado, we showed up and played a concert outside during a ferocious blizzard on Sunday.

The BNLs played the day before us and had a gorgeous sunny afternoon full of fans, curiosity-seekers in tank tops, and good vibes.  We had howling winds that sent tents somersaulting across the stage and a white-out where you couldn’t see a foot in front of you.  My snare drum was soaking wet and didn’t sound like a snare drum by the end of the show.  We played a 90 minute set outside in these conditions.  It was awesome.  One guy in the crowd took his shirt off during Hercules.  

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When Big Head Todd played after us, the snow had actually started to *accumulate* on stage.  An inch or two, all the way up to the drum riser.  Piled up against their guitar amps.  

Ed and Tyler from BNL were in the crowd, tweeting about the show.  I could see their gray beards.

We had to leave right after the show to try to get over a mountain pass before the Dept of Transportation closed it.  We were too late.  It was closed until morning and everyone missed their flights home. 

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Guster Between Two Ferns

The Acoustic Tour has begun.  If you follow Ryan on Twitter you know we’ve been promising aftershow passes to people who bring certain requested items to the show.  We started with plants in Salt Lake City, as the stage looked a little barren and needed some green.  There was a guy in the balcony yelling “I brought a ficus!” all night.  We asked for lamps in Seattle and got a couple of good ones that helped warm up the stage.  A few people in Portland came through with our request for clocks (or anything “with a bird on it”).  The end result of this game will be a stage that looks like a Salvation Army by the time we hit the east coast, but for a brief moment in Seattle the other night, we looked a lot like “Between Two Ferns”….

Guster Acoustic Tour:

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Between Two Ferns:

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Thanks to everyone for playing along.  Also, sorry that we didn’t give anyone aftershow passes.

4 hours late for load-in in San Francisco!

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Denver and beyond…

Here we are on stage with the Colorado Symphony a few days ago.  There were two rehearsals before we put the show on at Boettcher Hall in Denver — each rehearsal was about two hours.  With a 22 song set, certain songs got the benefit of two practice run-throughs, others (Backyard) got just one.

The show was phenomenal.  Just a really special career highlight.  We’d done this once before with the Boston Pops and that was great, but only 8 songs.  Playing an hour and a half of material backed by a symphony allowed us to go a little deeper with the setlist.  Lightning Rod, Rocketship, and Long Way Down were highlights for me.

The lack of rehearsal meant there was a healthy amount of fear on stage at all times.  You need that energy to have an inspired show.  Too much of it and things just go off the rails (Backyard), but credit goes to Scott, the symphony’s conductor, for keeping things together, even during Backyard, where no one in Guster was counting the 35 bar intro that cues where the vocal, piano, and strings are supposed to enter together.

I hope we get to play more shows with symphonies and I hope we got a good recording of Denver and I hope you spell “symphonies” like that, it looks weird, but mac mail didn’t give me the little dotted red line, so moving on…

Ryan’s tweet today:

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Yes, I drank my first cup of coffee today at age 38.  How this came to be is not important, all that anyone needs to know is that I gambled and lost at breakfast two hours later, so I think it was my last cup ever.

Fortunately, after breakfast we were planning to pay a visit to our friend’s bamboo underwear warehouse anyway.  They had Huggie Wipes in the bathroom, and fresh, free, slightly irregular pairs of boxers for the celebrity visitors.  Here is Ryan’s next tweet-pic:

I am the only member of the band without a roll of toilet paper stuffed down the front or jeans on.  Christ, I *sharted* a half hour before this picture was taken and I still wasn’t afraid.  We hope our exploitation leads to a huge spike in sales, FiveBamboo, maker of Bamboxers that we love.

“Bamboxers are the difference between a good day and a *great* day.” — Adam Gardner of Guster

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