Bethlehem – May 7th
It’s finally happened; Sean Kinney has gone power mad.
I’m not quite sure why it’s taken so long for him to figure it out, but he’s recently realized that he has the ability to control an audience, and it’s clearly gone to his head.
What am I talking about exactly? Well, once the show is over and the guys are taking their bows and waving goodbye, Sean has decided to use this public platform to step to the front of the stage and wield his newfound power.
He usually begins by raising his arms high in the air to incite the crowd to scream louder. Then he’ll lower his arms to try and bring the volume down to a whisper. Then he’ll go back and forth. Louder and quieter. Louder and quieter.
This is nothing new. It’s been going on for years in many different forms and forums, from high school pep rallies to pro sporting events.
The difference is that Sean then takes it to a new level by simultaneously raising his right arm while lowering his left arm, then starts in on a teeter totter motion with his arms that has the audience sounding like they’re on a roller coaster.
He’s been fine tuning it off and on throughout the tour so far, and last night in Bethlehem he learned a valuable lesson, in that he needs to come out from behind his kit in order to really assert his wishes.
He tried doing it from behind his drums, but was thwarted by the fact that the other three guys were down in front waving and throwing picks to the crowd, so not enough people were paying attention to him.
But Sean is learning through the time-honored process of trial & error, which is how things get perfected.
For 25 years he’s been telling me what to do (with minimal results), so I think seeing an immediate reaction to his whims and desires has been extremely satisfying for him.
But as the saying goes: “With great power comes great responsibility”.
So to those of you coming to any future shows I say this – Keep in mind that you’re feeding his ego, and much like feeding a bear or a monkey at the zoo, if you get too close to the cage, someone’s going to get hurt, or at least get some feces flung at them.
More than likely that someone is going to be me, so lets all work together and try and keep Sean’s ego in check.
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