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Backstage with Baldy

Tampa – April 26th

“We come in, we play songs, we leave”.
That’s what Sean said on the bus after the show, and that pretty much sums up his day.
There’s a lot more going on behind the scenes when you’re involved in putting on the show though.
We have a production office at every show, which is where our fearless leader Chuck sets up shop, along with our production manager and production assistant.
Crew members come and go throughout the day, along with local folks who work at the venue.
I also work out of that office, unless it’s too cramped and I get sent out in the hallway, or out in the alley.

I won’t bore you with all of the details about what goes on in the production office other than to mention that today I was made aware of our version of an office pool.
What are we betting on?
The crew has a five dollar pool on when the album will get leaked.
In this day and age we all know a leak is inevitable, but of course no one knows exactly when it will happen.
Generally, when the album goes to print is when the leak occurs. There’s always some manufacturing plant weasel that makes a copy and sends it to his cousin Larry, and the next thing you know, it’s being downloaded in all four corners of the world by people who have an affinity for sitting in dark closets and listening to frowning, mid-tempo, sludge rock. People like us.

So how do leaks continue to happen after all these years?
I don’t know, but I do know that there weren’t many dates available to choose in our office pool.
Don’t get me wrong. I really, really don’t want the album to leak.
And if it does, I hope it happens as late as possible.
I also hope I don’t win, because the date I chose is way too early.
But if I do win, I’ll just take the money and buy a few copies of The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here to do my part to even out the damage that downloading does.
And maybe rent a permanent spot in our production office.

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