Happy America Day y’all. It is in Switzerland we celebrate the 237th anniversary of the seed-planting of the Philly-cheesesteak-‘n-freedom-fries-tree that l’il George Washington chopped down — the one he DID lie about. Today we are under the umbrella of the Montreux Jazz Festival. In brief words, this is not ‘our’ show. Well, it’s kinda our show, but it’s kinda not. You may see from the picture (right) that our setup looks a little different than usual and that’s because we’ve left a bunch of stuff on the trucks. For PA, lights, and set today we are using the in-house equipment. Monitors, backline, production, wardrobe, and green room equipment all came in as normal, but only a select amount of UHTC audio and lights shall grace the Montreux experience.
On the surface, this sort of situation always sounds like an easy day for certain departments, but it rarely is; Ryan will have to program a bunch of new lights in new positions, a time-consuming affair; the audio guys had some issues with the mobile recording truck somehow sucking life from a few of our channels, and the load-in was slow going due to the small-ish lift/elevator. In the dressing room area, we had electrical problems that may (or may not — we’ll have to see) have affected our green-room fridges; fortunately, we were able to borrow a couple from the venue.
On stage, we managed to get everything ready for LC’s arrival, but we hadn’t the leisure time we’ve been enjoying lately. That said, they don’t pay us to sit around and count ceiling tiles, so you shan’t hear any official grumble from me.
When Leonard did his solo soundcheck, he worked on a song I didn’t recognise; I’m guessing, by the number of repetitions of ‘tonight’, it was Tonight Will be Fine. You mustn’t, dear reader, take that as a cue to expect the song’s inclusion in the set any time soon; I am not privy to these kinds of artistic decisions, I am merely the voice of it was so.
We shall see in the next entry, how the first of two nights in Montreux faired.