Rats! I totally spaced something about yesterday's gig. The place is called Festhalle and though it has been home to many awesome rock shows over the years, it also has a much darker past. See if you can spot any similarities in the two photos below,
Humans can be unbelievable stupid as clarity in hindsight so often reveals. Majority populations of whole countries sometimes run full bore into a direction that is nothing but a really bad idea. It happens over and over again throughout history and one could easily look at our world today and spot plenty of bad ideas in full swing. How cool would it be if someone made a 'bad idea detector' and we could just meter the concept and if it reads negative go "hmmm, says here that this is a really bad idea, maybe we should re think the plan." Oh wait, I guess we have two tools that do that already and they are called common sense and logic. Unfortunately those two tools are bit too complex for the masses to conceptualize and instead large groups of mindless minds often follow the alternate method known as "follow the biggest asshole like a bunch of idiot sheep."
My first reaction to the Festhalle was negative based on my knowledge of it's past but it did not feel negative. Quite the opposite, the grandiose, beautiful and majestic building built in 1909 was unique and curious and complex. So I pondered, as I so often do and what I came up with was it feels like an artificial reef now filled with life and sound and colors that was once powerful warship, now sunken and helplessly over run with the opposite of a bad idea.
**** End Pondering's ****
I would like to announce a breakthrough in touring roadie bloggery! I am sure y'all are astutely aware of touring rule number one; 'always carry your tour laminate' which also includes not losing it. Rule number one of blogging, Dave Rat style, is 'never go anywhere without a camera.' So looky at what I made,
With the camera in my pocket and the laminate hanging out with the bus key, I not only have my laminate and camera but I also have the added benefit of reducing the likelihood of donating either of them to the ether world.
**** Issue of the Day ****
The issue of the day is actually a derivative of a mathematical equation that I am very familiar with from past experience.
Water + Cell phone = Bad
Last time when my cell tried to commit suicide by jumping in the lake, I fetched it very quickly in hopes it would survive the 2 second rule. You know like when you drop food on the floor, if you fetch it up super quick, it is still edible. Well, it did not do so well and I think with camera's and water it may be the .0000001 second rule, anyway, this time it was different. You see, me, my cell and Chad were at a bar having a drink and my cell was 'allegedly' the designated driver. Unbeknownst to me though, my cell phone decided to have a little drink after all, hence the corollary to the formula is,
Beer + Cell phone = Bad
Luckily I was able to catch it drinking rather quickly and it only had a small sip. Not enough to destroy it completely but clearly plenty enough to give it a lasting hangover. The main issue is that
"my cll phn no longr will typ th lttr btwn D and F and th numbrs two and svn, nor th last lttr of th alphabt and th first lttr of th propr splling of kwick ar also not working."
**** End Issue of the Day/Week/Month? ****
The place we played is pretty much a squashed version of a Euro Hockey squared off arena. Straight forward stuff and I don't mind the acoustics in these places at all.
And finally, lets all pile inside my bus bunk, come on in!
Th doing my bst to liv my lif whil avoiding bad idas,
Hi Dave. Great idea on those Roadie Cards, they're awesome.
I have a question for you.
If you were a sound tech at that time, would you cut Hitler's mike at his speech?
Best wishes on the road.
pLz, come to Brazil.
Cheers on the "Bad Idea o'Meter" idea. You mind if I "borrow" some technology from the Rat Sniffer and attempt to design just such a "Bad Idea Meter-2000"? Just think how handy this would be come election time!!! I would, of course, cut you in on the profits.
sorry to har about your phon. aftr a fw drinks things can gt fuy prtty uick.
anyway, tech question: this band meshuggah doesn't bring speaker cabs on tour, they use this popular company (first word rhymes with 'wine' second word is '=sum(9-3)'). i was wondering if there are any advantages to this setup?(other than not lugging cabs around). Can the D.Outs of these types of amps compare to live stage mic'ing? what differences would there be between the PA sound and monitor sound? experiences with these types of setups before?
Having had my cellphone try to committ suicide, I have devised a clever plan...take out the battery, take out all of the little screws you can find (including the sneaky ones that hide under stickers), pretent it's a V*L by spraying it's innards with contact cleaner. This may not only fix the offending phone, but is akin to having it's stomach pumped, so will dissuade it from attemptin such a crazy thing (as swimming in beer) again. What's the worst that can happen?