A first-hand journal of The Reducers' Japan Tour 2004.

The Reducers at the El 'N Gee Club, New London, CT

Friday, Noon 6/25/04

Posted by Peter


This has already been a rather mind-blowing experience for all of us, and we really haven't gotten started yet! We were met at Narita Airport by Fifi and Jimbo, who then accompanied us by train to our hotel. Once checked in, we went with them to the jaw dropping neon sprawl that is the Shinjuku district (Think of a bigger, brighter Times Square).

We arrived at our seventh floor restaurant where, once our Converses were all removed, we were greeted by two members of Rock Bottom - another band on tonight's bill at the Shelter. We allowed our hosts to do the ordering, and the table quickly filled with beer steins and plate after plate of scrumptious foods. After it became apparent that certain members of our touring party were less than adequate with chopsticks, some forks were procured and the eating continued in earnest. Drinking, story-telling, laughing, comparing musical faves, drinking kept going long after we'd eaten our fill.

After two hours of bonding with everyone, (oh yes - at one point Fifi's brother Fink joined us at the table) we called it a night and returned to our hotel - a quick two stop train ride to the Hatagaya Station. We were all tired, after a full 24 hour day of travelling, but we were revitalized enough by the evening's entertainment to make a few stops at the beer vending machine before nodding out. (We have TV's in our room, but there's little on that doesn't seem confusing and/or ridiculous.)

A fantastic first night in Japan! It's almost embarrassing how enthusiastic everyone is about our being here. We're psyched to play tonight, and I think we're gonna give 'em our best!

Stay tuned!

Oh yes! A big happy birthday to my little brothers, David and Todd. From half a world away!

Posted by Peter on June 24, 2004 at 11:03 PM EDT


Hope you have a great time tonight! I envy the audience!

Posted by: Martha at June 25, 2004 at 12:46 AM EDT

25 minutes to show time. I want a set list!

Posted by: McD at June 25, 2004 at 07:32 AM EDT

Thanks guys for taking the time to write about
your adventures! Have more fun!


Posted by: Rob at June 25, 2004 at 08:25 AM EDT

Not since Godzilla will Japan have been so rocked! Good luck boys and have a blast. Beer vending machines? Kanishiwa! Thanks for email Hugh
ps I know it's tradition but are you sure it's a good idea to remove Cons?

Posted by: MikiMoto at June 25, 2004 at 08:42 AM EDT

Best of luck to the boys from The Manchurians, Rob and Frank Critelli from the ThinManMusic label. We love you more than the Japanese do and they are crazy about you!!!! Turn it up to 11 and rock it!!!!!

Posted by: ThinManMusic at June 25, 2004 at 02:06 PM EDT

So how was the show?? Did you kick some ass?
Have another beer and get back out there for the encore..
later guys,

Posted by: kevin Gallerani at June 25, 2004 at 03:47 PM EDT

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