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from the New York Times:
Have you seen the movie An Inconvenient Truth? Are you concerned about the world we live in? Are you disgusted by the huge amount of resources used by the touring industry and how little recycling is done?
You should read this article on the movement to change that by using different fuel and recycling batteries, strings and other consumables. Even though most techs are very superstitious and cautious about these things, we as a community need to start changing our wasteful ways. We need to do our part.
Perhaps you have to take a little more time with your trash or explain to your artist what you’re trying to do. You could tell him you’re trying to make a better place for his children to live.
Oh, and if you haven’t seen An Inconvenient Truth, it’s for sale, for rent and available on demand. Do it today.
(Thanks to JD!)
With all the comments about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (How many Van Halens can fit on the head of a pin, does REM or Patti Smith deserve it,who cares about it, bla, bla, bla etc.) did anyone else notice that Patti Smith thanked her crew by name including our friend Yik Wong and said “Without our crew we are nothing” and not one of those stiffs clapped or hooted?
Most of those people at the event can’t get a box of free CDs into their Range Rover without the help of a personal assistant or two.
Bravo Patti. Congrats to you and thanks for a great speech.
The rest of you… does your drink on stage taste funny?
Today I share two pictures, once sent in from a friend and the other I took at the Austin Convention Center…
In setting up, some of the risers that we are using apparently were used at this years Academy Awards ceremony as I found some rather unique confetti falling out of the carpet…
And Pradatastic passed this one on to me, I’m sticking on some pretty gray roadcases nowadays!!!
When not on the road, different jobs seem to come my way. In Texas, two events are now going on that I have been involved in before: South By Southwest and the Houston Rodeo.I got a call to work at an event for SXSW which is a music based TV show presented by Direct TV. For the next 4 days bands big and small will come to the two stages we have at the Austin Convention Center and play a 40 minute set. It will be broadcast on Direct TV.
I’m working for a company who provides band equipment for performers who haven’t brought any gear. It’s basically the same job I usually do except I don’t know the band and I don’t know the gear. Today we have only 2 bands; it’s kind of a test run for tomorrow through Saturday when we have about a dozen bands a day performing live on TV. This will lead to a few things; nerves and what I call the “Kid In A Candy Store” effect. By having all this gear lying around, some of these young guys want to try stuff they haven’t yet been able to afford.
We’ll be seeing acts likeTracy Lawrence,Ozomatli,Ian Moore,The Bravery,The Buzzcocks, Pam Tillis, Rachel Fuller (probably with boyfriend Pete Townsend),
The Polyphonic Spree,Peter, Bjorn and John, Rickie Lee Jones, Bowling for Soup, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. ,Lee “Scratch” Perry and Mando Diao.
( Yup, Mando Diao, Bobby’s favorite band.)
You can too if you have Direct TV.
The energy and variety in the streets even during the day makes Austin seem like it’s not part of Texas… well even more so than usual. Black t-shirts are everywhere. I’ll write more tomorrow.
Perhaps the best reason for the cancellation of this summer’s Van Halen reunion: Eddie is checking into rehab. Good luck, keep it simple and we’ll see you soon!