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Jamin Lynch

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Re: Road Stories...
« Reply #10 on: October 19, 2020, 10:45:46 am »

A couple of years ago we had Denise Quad and his band perform at a small local venue were I was suppling lighting and stage support. When the bus pulled up, the tour manager came out and got all the hands together and asked if we please do not mention Randy. It took a second for that to register.

When Dennis got off the bus he immediately came to the stage and went out of his way to meet and shake hands with all the crew. He was genuinely interested in the crew, getting their names correct and hearing a little about each person. Really nice guy. He and the band were super laid back and made the whole event enjoyable. I believe he even set up his own keyboard and guitar amp.

His band was very good. It was a great show.
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« Reply #11 on: October 26, 2020, 10:15:59 am »

Maybe I will write a book.

I've mused about that myself, but SO MANY names would have to be changed  ;)  .

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« Reply #12 on: October 26, 2020, 11:59:07 am »

I've mused about that myself, but SO MANY names would have to be changed  ;)  .

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« Reply #13 on: October 26, 2020, 12:23:15 pm »

Can't overlook the "Neil and Pat" shows. I've done (survived) 2 myself.....
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« Reply #14 on: October 26, 2020, 05:52:59 pm »

One bus and trailer mini tour I was on- we were travelling through the night, everyone snug in their bunks. The bus stopped at a service center for the driver to get a coffee and a walk around. Unbeknownst to everyone (all were sleeping) a band member decides to go into the store to buy a snack. Of course the driver doesn’t see this this and a few minutes later we’re back on the road, minus one band member.  Another band member was a light sleeper and a few minutes later alerted the driver. Quick 180* and a little bit later we’re back at the service center......musician walking around aimlessly, no phone, no ID, and a little bit of change. Stupid doofus.

Also, on that same tour, we were coming back from the UP MI, and again travelling at night, driver hits something....thunk, thunk under the bus. We keep moving so I go back to sleep. In the morning we stop at the duty free at the Canadian border to stock up. Driver tells us we hit a deer. We walk around the bus and there is deer jam all over the front of the trailer.....f@cking gross, worse yet was all the deer goo and parts in the engine bay. Disgustingly gross.

Reminds me though, I’ve never slept as well as when travelling on a bus. Just puts me right out. And the bus shutting off is like an alarm clock.
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« Reply #15 on: October 26, 2020, 06:58:17 pm »

One bus and trailer mini tour I was on- we were travelling through the night, everyone snug in their bunks. The bus stopped at a service center for the driver to get a coffee and a walk around. Unbeknownst to everyone (all were sleeping) a band member decides to go into the store to buy a snack. Of course the driver doesn’t see this this and a few minutes later we’re back on the road, minus one band member.  Another band member was a light sleeper and a few minutes later alerted the driver. Quick 180* and a little bit later we’re back at the service center......musician walking around aimlessly, no phone, no ID, and a little bit of change. Stupid doofus.

Also, on that same tour, we were coming back from the UP MI, and again travelling at night, driver hits something....thunk, thunk under the bus. We keep moving so I go back to sleep. In the morning we stop at the duty free at the Canadian border to stock up. Driver tells us we hit a deer. We walk around the bus and there is deer jam all over the front of the trailer.....f@cking gross, worse yet was all the deer goo and parts in the engine bay. Disgustingly gross.

Reminds me though, I’ve never slept as well as when travelling on a bus. Just puts me right out. And the bus shutting off is like an alarm clock.

Yes! Sleeping on a bus is the absolute best! I strive to get sleep like that nowadays.

Deer are a fact of life around here, but thankfully none have painted the trailer like that. We've had them bust out headlights though.

When you get off the bus you should put your lanyard or similar on the driver's seat so he knows to wait. We've left behind a couple of doofus musicians doing this.
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Re: Road Stories...
« Reply #16 on: October 28, 2020, 12:28:49 pm »


When you get off the bus you should put your lanyard or similar on the driver's seat so he knows to wait. We've left behind a couple of doofus musicians doing this.

Isn't doofus musician redundant?
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Re: Road Stories...
« Reply #17 on: October 28, 2020, 02:09:44 pm »

One bus and trailer mini tour I was on- we were travelling through the night, everyone snug in their bunks. The bus stopped at a service center for the driver to get a coffee and a walk around. Unbeknownst to everyone (all were sleeping) a band member decides to go into the store to buy a snack. Of course the driver doesn’t see this this and a few minutes later we’re back on the road, minus one band member.  Another band member was a light sleeper and a few minutes later alerted the driver. Quick 180* and a little bit later we’re back at the service center......musician walking around aimlessly, no phone, no ID, and a little bit of change. Stupid doofus.

Confession: I was this guy's equivalent, albeit Monitor Engineer, but even worse.  Not a snack but an emergency high velocity, umm, evacuation of solid contents.  On tour through Louisiana (southern USA show catering the cause perhaps?) along I-10 in 1993, early AM hour.  Phone?  Ha!  Phone...  Wallet?  ID?  Money?  Ha!  Anyway, may I remind everyone that not only do our phones make calls, they also contain every phone NUMBER that we can't remember.  Uugh.

The two extremely large and amorous lady "chefs" in the truck stop kitchen had a conversation right in front of me about "keeping this skinny Yankee to play with for awhile", with lecherous checkerboard grins and grisly details, to my horror, but thankfully then proceeded to take pity and dial the Louisiana State Highway Patrol, who then discretely PUT OUT AN APB to intercept a blue Eagle tour bus headed east.  Uugh again.  60 or so long minutes later, up rolls the bus, with A TWO-CAR COP ESCORT, lights a-blazin'.  Hoo.  Wow.  I board, and immediately get reamed by our driver, who has the audacity to take the moral high ground because "YOU ALMOST LANDED ME IN PRISON!  IT'S A GOOD THING I CARRY AUTOGRAPHED PHOTOS OF (OUR ARTIST) TO GIVE TO COPS!  MY LICENSE IS SUSPENDED!"

Yeah, our lives were in this guy's hands and I'm the idiot...
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Re: Road Stories...
« Reply #18 on: October 28, 2020, 02:27:26 pm »

Confession: I was this guy's equivalent, albeit Monitor Engineer, but even worse.  Not a snack but an emergency high velocity, umm, evacuation of solid contents.  On tour through Louisiana (southern USA show catering the cause perhaps?) along I-10 in 1993, early AM hour.  Phone?  Ha!  Phone...  Wallet?  ID?  Money?  Ha!  Anyway, may I remind everyone that not only do our phones make calls, they also contain every phone NUMBER that we can't remember.  Uugh.

The two extremely large and amorous lady "chefs" in the truck stop kitchen had a conversation right in front of me about "keeping this skinny Yankee to play with for awhile", with lecherous checkerboard grins and grisly details, to my horror, but thankfully then proceeded to take pity and dial the Louisiana State Highway Patrol, who then discretely PUT OUT AN APB to intercept a blue Eagle tour bus headed east.  Uugh again.  60 or so long minutes later, up rolls the bus, with A TWO-CAR COP ESCORT, lights a-blazin'.  Hoo.  Wow.  I board, and immediately get reamed by our driver, who has the audacity to take the moral high ground because "YOU ALMOST LANDED ME IN PRISON!  IT'S A GOOD THING I CARRY AUTOGRAPHED PHOTOS OF (OUR ARTIST) TO GIVE TO COPS!  MY LICENSE IS SUSPENDED!"

Yeah, our lives were in this guy's hands and I'm the idiot...

And if those lady chefs are friendly with the barber next door and you notice meat pies on the menu... it could be your final thrill.  From monitor mixer to ingredient from one late night bio-break.
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Re: Road Stories...
« Reply #19 on: October 28, 2020, 03:59:42 pm »


 I board, and immediately get reamed by our driver, who has the audacity to take the moral high ground because "YOU ALMOST LANDED ME IN PRISON!  IT'S A GOOD THING I CARRY AUTOGRAPHED PHOTOS OF (OUR ARTIST) TO GIVE TO COPS!  MY LICENSE IS SUSPENDED!"

Yeah, our lives were in this guy's hands and I'm the idiot...
Reminds me of a night between Toronto and Hamilton....
At the time  I had a CDL, left over from my time as a mechanic and driving 50 and 80 ton wreckers..
The "convoy" got stopped because one of the semi's was driving "erratic". Driver gets taken away, and TM asks if I can drive the rig.
I mean, not as dramatic as poor Jason, but not exactly normal either. I towed many semi's, but didn't get to drive them much.
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