come on feel the illinoize!
this is chad butler, guest reporting for the daily foot, here on location in springfield, il. more than halfway through the season and the synchronization of all the moving parts is impressive. trucks, buses, guitars, drums... all well-oiled and humming along nicely. it's a pleasure to look around this traveling circus and see the camaraderie among the bands and our team on the road, lots of laughs.
show #19 of the appetite for construction tour felt like this team is in full swing towards the playoffs. the highlight reel would look something like this: jon foreman successfully vaulted the barricade for a major yardage gain in the first half. jerome fontamillas was sidelined temporarily by a bent finger during a furious solo, medics were quick to administer first aid (see photo).
tonight's bloopers were noteworthy: yours truly broke 2 sticks during the first song, tim's bass came unplugged twice, and drew's guitar amp had an electrical fit. what's a rock show without stuff going wrong anyway?
at this point in the tour i have gotten so used to backstage hallways that it's good to walk up to the very top of the arena and sit in the last row, looking down watching the stage go up and down like a lego set... it's so amazing that we get to play music everyday. fall is such a nostalgic time to tour and i know this one already has so many great moments for me.
lastly, a big shout out to our illinois friends who equipped us with new scarves tonight, our warm necks thank you. signing off. back to you andy.