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Current Mood: content
Oh man… the show was AWESOME.
The crowd was big, and they were very involved in the show. We all played well and sounded great. Before hand, we got to set up all our gear and soundcheck each instrument separately. So at show time, all we had to do was walk up on stage, pick up our instrument, and play. It couldn’t have gone more smoothly.
As I was getting up on stage, I heard a few people call out things like “alright, let’s see it!” You see, Smiths fans (and guitarists specifically) are a special breed. They’ve all idolized and studied the Smiths as I have, and they all have a collective belief that some of that stuff simply could never be recreated by mere mortals. I was/am among that group, and I know that, were I in the crowd that night, I might have shouted something similar. “They think they can pull off the Smiths? Bullshit.” And so it seemed the musicians in the crowd were indeed ready to crucify us if we fucked up…
But we didn’t. Bitches.
Afterwards, among the people coming up to shake our hands and congratulate us on a great show were a few guitarists that each said they were more than skeptical but were “blown away” by the accuracy of the performance. Girls were digging it. Guys were digging it. Lots of love in that room. For all our snobbery, fans of the Smiths are still just a big family. I’ve been in a haze of contentment ever since. If you were able to make it, thank you so much and I hope you enjoyed yourself. If you couldn’t make it, well I won’t lie, you missed a hell of a show. But there will be others…
Orlando taped the whole thing, but I haven’t seen it yet. Someone did manage to get the last half of “I Know It’s Over” on their digital camera, and here it is. I haven’t tried to compress it or anything, so it’s still around 200mb. If you have the time to download it, take a look. You may want to “Save Target As…” because I guarantee you can’t download it as fast as it plays. Hope you’re all doing well! Update: I compressed it down to a 14mb ASF file. Should be easier on you now. 🙂
“It’s so easy to laugh.
It’s so easy to hate.
It takes strength to be gentle and kind.”