blog: Wade Alin
subject: bye bye
Posted on July 2, 2004 at 2:05 PM

back in the day (a phrase that has been thoroughly beat-up at this point) I would have considered this a step in the right direction, come home, bartended my way out of debt, vacuumed out the van, and started booking the next tour.

the eerie feeling that loomed above my first eid tour (where is everyone, what happened, etc.) is about the only thing I can feel at this point. that and a vicious hangover from what feels like a 60 day binge in the opposite direction of a nervous breakdown (or 2, or 3).. At times, having our merch guy call me "the toughest motherfucker on the tour" is the only thing that got me through.

we had some good shows, there were some fun nights and maybe I'll be all over it by the time I get the stench out of the van and tear my way out of an astonishing amount of debt. yet I'm happy we did it, if only to get it out of my system.

subject: whoa whoa
Posted on June 30, 2004 at 3:30 PM

i didn't ever realize i'd forgotten to blog (which is why i'm quite weak at this to begin with). so tomorrow i'll recap a few more shows and put this fucker to bed . .
subject: cancel
Posted on June 22, 2004 at 3:46 PM

6.17.

sacramento - i've never, ever, ever, cancelled a show. 1 person is more than enough for me to play to. that said, kids, there wasn't a pa system, no microphones, nothing. playing was a complete impossibility. i guess we could have pulled off an instrumental blues jam but . . no we couldn't have even done that.

subject: Sfffff
Posted on June 22, 2004 at 3:44 PM

6.16.

san francisco - with all the touring i've done in the past, i've never been to SF during the day. it's an amazing city and i think i finally understand why all the long island goth girls go west. in the past we've played smaller venues, the wrong venue, and venue's i'm certain no one has ever heard of, so it was nice to get a show at the dna lounge. the sound system itself made my night. the place was so professional i had security following me around all night just to make sure i didn't accidentally do any drugs in the dressing room bathroom. after the lakers lost the finals, i had a big chip to shave down and our show went off nothing short of perfect.

subject: (no subject)
Posted on June 22, 2004 at 3:43 PM

6.13.

san diego - after what happened in los angeles, it was enough that my powerbook worked tonight. people were super friendly in san diego as always. got a chance to catch up with an old friend (and a great promoter) bryan pollard. we also had the next 2 days off and for the first time this entire tour my body and voice feel fully recovered.

against my better judgement, i slept through the tj experience.

subject: (no subject)
Posted on June 15, 2004 at 6:21 PM

6.12.

los angeles has always been a good show for me. it's always been a bad one for chris. so what i did was put all my energy (or some shit along those lines) into smg having a good show, which they did. it was probably their best show of the tour so far - it was nothing short of amazing.

i, on the other hand, had what i can easily call the worst show of my entire musical career. my powerbook stopped working (the connections had gotten unplugged by someone or another), the backup to my powerbook stopped working, jason had one drum mic that wasn't even plugged in, the sound guys were rushing the fuck out of us and trying to get us to play before manufactura had even started breaking down. it was terrible, we were treated like complete shit by everyone (other than jeff!) and that's really putting it lightly. as i was leaving stage, a girl that had seen us a few times and owned all of our albums said "god, that sucked." it did. redeeming qualities for the night included hanging out with karin and static from collide, the en esch antics. getting to see taime and a few other old friends.

subject: tucson
Posted on June 15, 2004 at 6:15 PM

6.11.

tucson - for some reason i thought i'd never played in tucson. after running into the promoter that had booked me 7 years ago, i realized i actually had played there before at a club called fineline. good show, fun people

subject: less is more and then more again
Posted on June 11, 2004 at 2:43 PM

6.11

random - be forewarned - i'm going to be losing one of my drummers on the dates between seattle and chicago. jason from smp will be on the main kit for those dates and charlie lorme' will rejoin us for the final show at the metro.

subject: feeeenix
Posted on June 11, 2004 at 2:41 PM

6.10.

phoenix. no joke. my mother remarried when i was 9 years old and moved my sister, my brand new step brother, and myself out to phoenix, az. my step brother was 18 years old and quite the party guy. what ensued - from the time i was 10 to the time i was 14, was a complete blur of experimental drug use, sex, and alcohol abuse. so a couple few arrest later, i ended up leaving home and becoming a serious straightedge kid at the age of 14. it was during this time i was involved in a glam rock band, ala hanoi rocks, ny dolls, mott, etc. and played the first show of my career. long story short, the first show i ever played was at the mason jar in phoenix. it was a terrible experience and thinking back on it i wonder why i continued to do music. exactly 20 years later (i'm now 33) i found myself on the very same stage, not sucking near as bad as i did when i was 13. it wasn't my best show of the tour and i was pretty creeped out the entire night but in a way it felt good.

subject: Ikon Tina
Posted on June 9, 2004 at 1:32 AM

6.07

last time we played tulsa was in 1997 with sheep on drugs. we rolled in expecting a quiet night in the midwest and ended up playing a sold out show with hundreds of kids. this time around was a bit different, the venue having been closed for the past few years and the scene not quite what it was back in the day. that said, we paid back the karma police from 7 years ago.

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