Being a drummer, you don’t get a lot of opportunity to voice your opinion, especially if you are simply a hired hand. Usually the only people who want to hear from drummers are other drummers. I thank Matthew for allowing me to post my thoughts on his website.
I just got back from playing one of the biggest shows of my career with Mr. Ebel [Ebel's Note: He doesn't call me that in person]. A crowd of nearly 2,000. I feel good quoting this particular number because Matt and I had just over 1/3 of a 6,000 seat venue full. We originally estimated 800-1,000. No, there were WAY MORE people seated. It’s a good feeling to know you’re doing something that so many others get into. My life long dream is to be able to play original music to a live crowd and have people respond so powerfully to it. And they did. It’s truly humbling.
Matt decided to start the show with his Live Stream 60 second count down, broadcasted over three large screens. His thoughts were, “Let’s see if they go for it.” They did.
“10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1……”
We hit the stage to uproarious applause and go right into “Get Over It”. It was all rockets ignited, we’re heading towards the atmosphere. The energy never lapsed. It grew to gigantic proportions. Song after song, the crowd response was deafening. We got them to sing back at us on a number of occasions.
One of the peak moments for me was the transitional piece we do.
(And not because I do all my showing off during this part. It helps though…)
Non-stop it’s “Better Off Dead“, the reprise and right into “Goodbye Planet Earth“. As soon as I yelled the count and we hit that first note of “Goodbye”, the audience went wild. At that point we were hitting the outer layer of the atmosphere.
Later on in the set we played a beautiful song called “Who I Am” from The Lives Of Dexter Peterson. Prior to this, Matt and I were rehearsing and found it funny that the Ben Folds cover of N.W.A.’s “Bitches Ain’t Shit” was in the same key. So, we uh….. decided to play a couple of bars in the middle of “Who I Am”. We really need the crowd recorder to see how many people went for it. It’s pretty obscure and really is just an inside joke for Matt and myself, being HUGE Ben Folds fans. Our ‘Andy Kaufman’ moment so to speak. I got some positive feed back from people afterwards, but I’d really like to see the video or hear the crowd recording.
A few more songs and we end with “I Will Wait For You” in which I play the penny whistle. Unfortunately, on the first chorus, I picked up the whistle and the lights go out. I can’t see the holes. So, there was a rather obtrusive, yet subdued, toot then nothing [Ebel's Note: Oh, the jokes I could make about that...]. The light guy must have realized the goof up. The second time around I was lit up like Christmas. No excuses! I nailed it.
The concert ends. Matt and I walk off stage. We’re hovering above the planet, ready to set off our 3rd stage rocket boosters. The audience is stamping their feet and screaming
“ONE MORE SONG….. ONE MORE SONG…….!!!!”
Being prepared with an encore, I walk out they start screaming
“RUNTT, RUNTT, RUNTT!!!!!!!!”
They’re cheering and yelling, clapping, making all sorts of noise.
“Want to hear one more?!”, I yelled.
I get them started clapping their hands in time, well, sort of in time. Luckily, I have a click track snapping in my ears. I start in with the kick drum, which echoes through that cavernous room. It sounds like thunder, bouncing off the walls and ceiling.
Matt hits the stage, more chanting and screaming. We go into “All Over Again“. The people are on their feet dancing along. It’s full speed ahead, warp 10, headed for the stars!
It’s such a great feeling to positively effect people in such a way.
I had such a good time. I really hope we get the opportunity to do again, next year.
I love you all! THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.
[Ebel's Final Note, I Promise: If you want to HEAR this entire concert, we'll be uploading the recording to Matthew Ebel dot net subscribers soon!]