Strange night. This was a local guy’s “birthday bash” with 5 local bands and then The Skull. The show started late, and ran later as the night went on. Eric Wagner, who is the mellowest guy in the world was even visibly irritated about it. They did not start their set until 1am, ended at 2:30. I was hurting the next day- my daughter woke me up at 7 or so. That was a long drive back to Sacramento. Shot with the HFM30.
This is part 2 only- you can find the rest of the show on Youtube
R.I.P. Eric Wagner Well, Damn. This is a total shock. I kinda missed the boat on Trouble the first time around and became a big fan in the late 90’s. When I heard that The Skull had formed and were playing the old Trouble classics with Eric and Ron Holzner, I couldn’t wait to see them play. In 2013, they announced a show in L.A. but nothing up in norcal.. so I made a family vacation out of it and drove the 3 of us 7 hours to L.A. to see them play, and do some sightseeing in L.A. When I met Eric outside of the club, I told him how excited I was to see them play and how much I loved those early Trouble albums. Then I told him I drove 7 hours to get there- most traveling musicians would say the standard “wow, that is a long way- thanks for coming out”– Eric looked at me sideways and said “Why didn’t you just fly down”. Haha! He didn’t suffer fools at all. This was a birthday show for someone and there were 5 bands booked and the 2nd to last band played for what seemed to be hours. Eric was PISSED. It led to a hilariously sarcastic show with him smoking it up onstage with random fans. I have better multicamera videos of them on my site, but this was my favorite show. Thanks to Chris Lemos for bringing them to Sacramento. Twice.
Here is my original description of the show: Strange night. This was a local guy’s “birthday bash” with 5 local bands and then The Skull. The show started late, and ran later as the night went on. Eric Wagner, who is the mellowest guy in the world was even visibly irritated about it. They did not start their set until 1am, ended at 2:30. I was hurting the next day- my daughter woke me up at 7 or so. That was a long drive back to Sacramento. Shot with the HFM30.
This is the first time that this has been posted in full quality Recorded by: Shayne Stacy Equipment used: Canon HFM30 handheld
I am part of a northwest music facebook group, and I heard that Bill Rieflin passed away. I did not know who he was, so I looked him up… WOW. He was not only the drummer for many of my favorite bands (he was in SO MANY BANDS), but he was unbelievably talented. I tend to focus on drums a lot when listening to music, which is probably due to my cousin Tony Schwartz being a drummer in my formative years. I did not even realize that he was the drummer in this incarnation of The Swans that I saw until I looked up the band member timeline… and I recall that the drummer kicked ass. So this was at the Roxy, who were a complete pain in the ass about taping. I had to smuggle the gear into the club, and then hide the DAT deck in my pocket (mics on eyeglasses). I set the levels at a “reasonable level” (levels used for Foo Fighters a couple weeks earlier at the same club… I check the deck about 15min in and the levels were PEGGED! Shit. In my haste to change levels without being seen, I unplug the mics. So I lose about 1-2min of the show. So in summary, it was f*cking LOUD, is not great for the 1st 15min or so.
Recorded by: Shayne Stacy Equipment used: Sony TCDD7 & Coresound mics w/battery box and bass rolloff
I saw/taped the Foo Fighters twice over the course of 10 weeks in 1995, and I’ve never seen them since. Nothing against them, I just never felt compelled to go to another show. The odd thing about this show is that I remember standing somewhere that was as close to the PA Mains as possible, and it still sounds a little distant. It doesn’t sound bad, I am just picky I guess. Oh well, I tried. The show features a very early performance of My Hero- Dave mentions that they wrote it last week. After plowing through some setlists, it looks like this was the 3rd time it was played.
Recorded by: Shayne Stacy Equipment used: Sony TCD-D7 and coresound binaulrals with battery box bass rolloff Transfer Equipment: Sony PCM-R500 and M-Audio Audiophile 2496 card
I don’t think I ever posted or shared this video before. The audio from the camera’s stock audio mic was terrible- totally distorted. I tried to do some shadow correction in premiere but it kinda freaked out, so I merely denoised/degrained the video. I’ve also had a DAT master soundboard of the show, but the mix was pretty uneven. I was able to rebalance it in izotope to make it listenable.. I pushed it as far as I could without making it sound weird.
Featuring the head and long black hair of Todd Nakamine in the foreground 🙂
Oh, and this is the earliest GF video on youtube… which proves nothing except show how old I am.
Recorded by: Shayne Stacy Equipment used: Sony TR-81 camcorder (w/standard 8 tape) Sony TCD-D7 through soundboard Enhancements: Degrain in Adobe Premiere; Soundboard rebalance in Izotope.