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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 | Comments (2)

Greeting from Tom

Posted by Tom

It's almost a week into the trip (well I guess we lost a day with travel) with a hectic beginning. I'm starting to settle into our new home and looking forward to a new adventure in Tokyo.

The food is an adventure. We've been pointing at pictures on menus to choose our food, but you must be careful - the pictures don't tell the whole story, but so far so good.

The audiences have been great at both gigs. Very enthusiastic, but most times they get real quiet while they anticipating the next song. Then when the song starts they're shouting and singing the choruses. It's quite exciting.

Posted by Tom on June 28, 2004 at 10:01 PM EDT | Comments (3)

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