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

The Fiddler last night

Posted by Tom

The gig at The Fiddler was a rock-em sock-em night. I had a good night, and I felt pretty good about the drums - it was a Yamaha kit that sounded pretty good for a kit that gets played every night by a different drummer.

The first set went great right off the bat - I thought we took right off. The audience just loved it. They were screaming and yelling - it felt great and I was smiling the whole time. After the first set I went out and did the "meet & greet," walking around to different tables saying hello. Everyone I met was just smiling and so happy. Sometimes language is a barrier, but we seemed to cut right through.

As time went on after the second set the audience got wilder and by the end of the third set it was just crazy time. The screaming and yelling went right through me - it was deafening. The place had a pulse and they wouldn't let us leave the the stage.

Finally we called it a night and I went out for a little more of the "meet & greet."

Playing a three set night when the conditions are right is something I think we do best. Sometimes a one set showcase gig is a little tension filled, but shows like this give us a chance to stretch out, show what we do and find that groove.

It was a great night, probably one of the best we've ever had. It was pretty exciting stuff.

Posted by Tom on June 29, 2004 at 09:50 PM EDT


I totally agree with you on your observation about the three set gigs. They're always my favorite, and not just because we get more Reducers than usual. My top five favorite sets are probably all the final set of three set gigs.

Posted by: McD at June 29, 2004 at 11:03 PM EDT

Happy 20th Toots. Wish you were here but wouldn't for a second have you miss what you are living now.

All my love from home,

Posted by: Dawn at June 30, 2004 at 10:39 AM EDT

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