Backstage with Baldy

Sydney & Melbourne Sidewaves – February 25th & 27th

Melbourne was a corker!
And the headline show in Sydney two nights ago was a triple assblaster as well.
If I had my way, we’d be down here doing just headline shows.
The sets are longer, the crowds are better, and in general, there are fewer hassles.

Following up killer sets by Walking Papers & Down, Alice In Chains let loose with a 90 minute show that was on fire from start to finish.
They also unleashed A Little Bitter for the first time since 1996 that I can remember, and it sounded awesome.
Everything sounded awesome for that matter.
The fans on the floor were going nuts and bouncing all over the place, and late in the show I saw something I’d never seen before.
There had been a moderate amount of crowd surfing throughout the show, but then during the encore another body came shooting over the top.
I think he may have had a little more momentum than some of the other surfers that came up and over, because he was a little person. And he came flying over the top and into the arms of a waiting security dude, who got squarely kicked in the face for his efforts.
I’ve seen people of all shapes and sizes come surfing over the barricade through the years, but this was my first little person.
He looked really surprised and apologetic when he realized that he nearly Bruce Lee’d the security dude into early retirement, but that’s life in the pit.
People get kicked and life goes on.
That was really the only downside of what turned out to be a great night.

It was also a night where the sidestage and front of house area were jam packed with friends and fellow musicians.
The guys from Down & Walking Papers hung around to see the show, along with members of Living Colour, Alter Bridge, Mastodon, Green Day, and Deftones.
They were treated to what was probably one of the best shows I’ve seen this band play in a while.

When all was said and done, it was another reminder of just how great this band is.
I tend to write more about offstage stuff these days, but occasionally I have to revisit the real reason I’m doing this: an amazing band and the equally amazing fans that combine to make their live shows so great.


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