Last night was the first night I stayed out front for some of Sugarland’s show. Typically I have photos to edit, and things to pack up when they start, but last night I hung out and watched the start of their show and about four songs. I’ve been watching the crew load in all this amazing production for the last few weeks and I’ve seen bits and pieces of their show and the production, lights and stage set up blows me away. I stuck around long enough to take some pictures before my camera battery died and this was one I got.
Now we are in Johnson City, TN. I’m sitting on the bus sorting through some things that have potential to make my brain a little more organized while I am out here and make things simpler for everyone involved. Which is a nice thing. We are still in the process of sorting out all the details of Billy’s web world, but I know it’s going to be great once it’s all taken care of.
Not much else going on out here. I wish I had more fun stuff to talk about, but it’s been pretty mellow and my brain is a little fried from this morning.
I’m curious. What’s the most impressive concert you have ever been to production wise? Best lights, stage set-up, video?
I should either be home or asleep right now. Or both. However, I am neither, because I am still on the bus headed home. See, Huntsville, AL is too close to home to go to sleep, but had I known that we weren’t going to leave until 1:30 in the morning, I would have been asleep by 10:30. So here I am, editing pictures, and watching Desperado waiting to get closer to home so I can get my things together to get off the bus.
Tonight was a pretty interesting show. As you can see, it rained the entire time. We were at a military base outside of Huntsville, and there was an unbelievable amount of people that showed up. Obviously it was an outdoor show and the rain was coming down tough. There is something cool about the energy of a crowd that has come to terms with the idea that they are soaked and miserable, so they just dig in and have fun. I’m sure the several beer stands around also had something to do with it, but either way it was fun to watch.
So here we are about seventy miles from home and I’m excited to sleep in my actual bed tonight. It was a short run, but I’m still glad to be home. Tomorrow will consist of hanging out with Kristin and the boys and watching basketball. Oh yeah.. and I will try to get a Stats Suck Sunday post this time.
Anyone ever been to an outdoor show in the rain like tonight?
So, Sugarland hands out glow sticks to everyone that comes to the show and there’s a section of the night where several people are asked to come up on the stage and wave them around. Every light in the arena is turned off and eventually the entire crowd starts waving around their glow sticks. It’s a pretty amazing sight, that’s for sure.
Well, last night Billy’s band talked me in to going out on the stage with them to dance and wave these glow sticks around like idiots. It’s dark, so not that big of a deal, right? Well, there is the fact that I don’t dance and I don’t really like people looking at me. I ended up looking more like someone directing an airplane, but it was still cool to go out there and see the entire place light up with orange glow sticks. Apparently they do this every night so I’m going to have to bring the video camera out there one of these days.
All in all the first day was great. Pretty mellow, but we were able to get some stuff in order and start moving in the right direction as far as Billy’s web stuff. Today we are in Beaumont, TX. It’s still hot and gross, but I’ve decided to make my office the bus today, and Samuel L. Jackson and Tommy Lee Jones are keeping me company. (Guess the movie). Tonight isn’t a Sugarland show, so things are a little different, and Billy doesn’t play until 10:30 or so. Should be a late night, but so far it’s been good.
What’s your Saturday looking like?
Well, here we are in Austin, TX. I’m sitting on the bus because it feels like the inside of someone’s mouth outside and there might be some sick pigs walking around. So far everyone out here seems really cool. I’m on the bus with the band guys and a few of the crew guys, so it feels like normal being on a bus. We’re still in the process of figuring out all of Billy’s web stuff and once that happens we can get organized and start putting up some cool stuff. In about a half an hour, we are heading to some radio interview/performance thing, so I will be able to take some pictures there and see what happens. I’m sure this is the mundane, play-by-play stuff that excites everyone, but I had a pretty rough night’s sleep last night…. you know the whole ‘first night back on the bus’ thing.
Anyway, tonight we are at the University of Texas with Sugarland. I’ve got my computer, my camera and my pass so I don’t get thrown out. I think I’m good. I’ll let you know.