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My thumbs, pointer fingers, and middle fingers are peeled down to the muscle on both hands from this tour. It looks like I have leprosy of the hands.

Usually I photograph myself on tour, but this time I’m going to post pics of the show I built in Atlanta yesterday. They don’t really do the footprint justice, but of all the shows I’ve built so far this one has turned out the best. This is the 4th year we’ve been in the Cotton Club of the Tabernacle so I already had it planned out in my mind when we got there. It was also the premier of The Legend of Zelda: The Twilight Princess (Wii Version) on Fusion. It’s replacing Metroid Prime 3: Corruption on the tour until we can get an updated MP3 demo out.

Jacksonville was today, Ft. Lauderdale tomorrow, then our first day off in 20 shows. It’s actually a travel day, but at least there’s no show.

Push

No offense to anyone that lives in Winston-Salem, NC… but people here are not sharpest tools in the shed.

Quasi-day off tomorrow since the HoB in Myrtle Beach is tiny. About time.

Edit: So i just got in a fight with a guy who says he likes sci-fi like “The Matrix”, but refuses to accept the works of William Gibson as influence and thinks Neuromancer is nothing but a “fog of text”. Amazing.

Heaven's Tower

New Jersey, awesome. Raining, more awesome. Having a shitty venue where we not only have to share floors pace with the bands, but can’t load out until after the entire show is done, ho OH, so awesome. Having to make an 8 hour drive tonight and still make it to Pittsburg for a 9AM load in… awes..fuck it.

This tour hits NYC on Sunday and I think I may just drop off it. It’s not worth it anymore. The routing fucking blows. Our tour manager is lost half the time with no idea what he’s doing. My job gets more and more difficult every day because of the shitacular job the production companies did on our road-cases and fixtures… the list just goes on and on.

I’ve never walked off a tour before and I’ve been on some real crap productions, but this, this is just a nightmare. We had 1 day off in 4 weeks and they decided to fill it and make us work on it. It’s all bullshit.

Might be time to find a new line of work.

It's a mallard

Today we decided that Emery is the worst band on this tour (despite playing a very technically tight set tonight), that Reliant K’s guitarist is better than the rest of the band combined, and that The Sleeping may just be the best band on the tour (and are awesome guys to hang out with).

It wouldn’t be the first time the opening band turned out to be the best one on the tour. Last year, from day one, Panic! At The Disco was our favorite band out with us.

Our lighting director bought a stuffed squeeky toy duck to throw at people while they play Wii Sports: Shooting (aka: Dunk Hunt).

Lots of mutants at todays show, including this ginormous girl. I shit you not, she must have been like 450lbs. Our bus was getting pulled into her orbit… I hope i never have to go back to Kentucky.

Corruption

Our show was in a high school last night. Last year was, like, 38 sold out shows out of 40. This year we’re moving venues on the fly because ticket sales are so low.

The Wii is driving at least 50% of the ticket sales, it’s crazy. Hundreds of kids every night completely ignoring the music part of the show just waiting in line to play Metroid Prime 3 or Wii Sports. Kinda hilarious.

Anyway, the tour still sucks and we’re only 5 shows in. Dunno if i’m gonna make it all the way through this one.

Unfamiliar ceilings…

Strange day. Yes Steve, i still owe you an email. (P.S. The beard makes you look like a goddamn pirate.)

I leave for Milwaukee in 5 hours and i can’t sleep. FUSION ’06 kicks off in a week and i’m flying in to handle all the pre-production and then staying on for Front-Of-House Management for the 4th year in a row. It doesn’t feel like i was off-tour for the last 2 weeks, feels more like 2 days.

It’s a short tour this year, just over 5 weeks, but there’s a show almost every day. It’s going to be brutal. Part of me is really looking forward to the breakneck pace. Part of me just wants to stay home.

Yes, we will have The Wii. 10 of them, i pick them up on Friday. No, i did not pick the bands.

I think i might move to Chicago.

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3 shows left after tonight. I cannot wait to get home and have this disaster be done with. The ineptitude of individuals concerning important responsibilities from the home office has been astounding. When i get back i’ll be taking the job above these morons… and i’m going to torture them every day.

It’s also time to move again. I think i’m going to finally move out of Manhattan, maybe to Park Slope, but i’m not totally sure yet.

For now all i care about is getting through these last show days. Tomorrow in Cincinnati will be nothing, Bogarts is the size of a closet. Providence will be huge though, 9000 sold out. At least the last show in NJ leaves me close to home. I can’t wait to get the hell out.

Too damn cold.

Rain, to snow, to ice, to broken bus.

So now we’re stuck in Des Moines, Iowa. Which is now a frozen wasteland. It’s like -10 and the parts of the bus we’re trying to get fixed are frozen solid. Kind of funny. Now i can’t sleep, because i may need to jump on another bus to make it to the show in case ours can’t get rolling.

Yes’eree, the excitement never stops.