Hello friends, new and old!
Matthew here once again, bringing you your not-so-daily picture-tour update. Just to warn you (though it was expressed that long blogs are not so much of an issue), this will be another long one. I have lots of pictures to show you, and for your sake, hopefully less writing? Anyway, we are riding in the van right now, leaving from this crazy radio festival SD played in what we initially believed was Omaha, Nebraska, but was actually somewhere in Idaho.
Here is the bill; kind of funny, maybe?:
There are seemingly thousands and thousands of cars on the highway currently static on their way to the venue from which we are leaving. We have been driving for almost 10 minutes and the line of cars is ever-extending. Hopefully they’ll make it in time for Incubus, though it looks like they’d have a better chance if they just got out of their cars and walked. It’s that bad—like that R.E.M. video for “Everybody Hurts.”
Now, going back to a few days ago, here are some pictures from a venue just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah...
The pre-show lapdance:
Taylor singing to a rained-and-thundered-upon crowd:
Now on to that place which I was most excited to tell you about: Red Rocks, Colorado. What an amazing place, what an amazing crowd. I'm going to post these pictures only so you get an idea of what this place actually is! Man, it's crazy!
This is a rock arch you drive under to get to the venue:
Look at the people and cars to get a little perspective on how big these rock-boulders are:
This was the backdrop to the stage!:
As we pulled up, it looked just like Woodstock, hackie sacks and all (no offense, I fucking love hackie sacks). The single road leading up to the amphitheatre was completely packed, as you may be able to see from the picture.
Here's Wylie signing a fan's t-shirt.
Gee whiz, what a place. Hopefully the pictures get across at least a little bit of what I’m trying to say.
I also feel somewhat obligated to mention the superb treatment provided us by the staff at Red Rocks. Everybody was so kind, the food was so delicious, the dressing rooms were so lavish (i.e. flat screen television, foods, drinks, clean bathroom, masseuse?!), etc., etc.
Here's a photo of Darren using our breathtaking bathroom:
Here's a photo of the catering (caVering) room... What the hell?
Here’s what this place looks like with one person sitting in the audience:
And this is what it looks like almost full:
And here is Simon Dawes playing to the packed theatre of 8700. You guys all rocked—it was an extremely satisfying experience. Red Rocks will live on in our hearts forever.
Perhaps this will give you a little taste of what it might be like to be on stage playing for about 8500 people... I came off stage with a pee stain all down the right leg of my pants.
We love you Colorado!
Next up was Kansas City. We love the city, we love the name of the city, and we love the fact that there are two different Kansas Cities separated by only about 40 miles, but for me, the humidity was just a little too much. It was very hot and sweaty. SD got to play on a stage that was set up in the middle of what appeared to be some sort of food square/country market type place, and that was pretty weird and kind of amazing.
Some pre-show goofiness...
Here’s Blake eating a sandwich from an Italian Deli that was in the marketplace:
Darren bought a pear nectar drink from the same place... He didn't like it much, but I really did.
As some of you may have noticed, Taylor's last blog post was titled something a little funny, a little crazy, and a little intriguing. This is Kariki (just like Hannukah, it can be spelled many different ways), minus the rules:
p.s. it's a gambling game
We play for the big stakes:
And finally, here are a few performance pictures from there. To be honest, there were a lot of people there:
Simon Dawes ACTUALLY rocked color out of existence for a moment. I was lucky enough to have captured the moment.
After playing, Taylor, Wylie and I hung around for a little bit, spoke to some people, and went out to a local bar with a couple of friends. We drank a local Kansas City beer called Boulevard, which is actually quite good. I recommend it to anybody aged 21+. Man my hands are hurting.
That leaves us up to date, having just played the festival in Idaho. Here's a picture from the show:
That’s it for now! Feel free to write and talk about those things of which you’d like to see more or less and perhaps I can adjust accordingly.
Dictated but not read,