Ta da! He said these are great ideas and now he needs to practice. Just to make sure my plan of attack was accurate, I sent it to a fellow ska slut and she said "This would work on me." Damn I'm good.
So you're gonna hafta wait for news. It took me a awhile to update the ska show calendar with everything I know of and I also added a new page called "NYC Locations and Ska Links." It aint' done yet, so chill out. Nothing killer important, but I've been fucking around on here for hours and need to get a break. My eyes are buggin out. See you at the show.
March 2, 2013 - Goddammit. I was going to do a lengthy post to catch up a bit on the ska news, but now I'm running tight on time for the Skatalites at Brooklyn Bowl, for their 2nd show there in 3 days....and of course, I was at the one on Thursday. Gotta see them as much as I can since there is only one original left now: Lester Sterling. I'll catch up with you all tomorrow. 3....2....1.... FREEDOM!!!! See you at the show (in a few minutes, lol).
February 17, 2013 - Dave Hillyard's Rocksteady 7 in Brooklyn + 11 degrees last night as the real feel temperature = FUCK THAT. I asked my ska show-going buddy Adam in Minnesota if the cold stops him from going to shows. He said "Nope. It was negative 3 for the Pilfers/Reel Big Fish show. You get used to it." Again, FUCK THAT. My next excuse I had lined up was that I would have been traveling back on the subway from that show in the middle of the night alone. That one is a little bit more valid, but still lame. I mean what's the whole point of living in NYC if the risk of getting raped isn't there!?!??! Anyway, I heard good things about the show from the good handful of friends that did make it.
Speaking of going to shows alone, it makes me wonder why folks don't go to shows alone. I've had the conversation many times and I still don't see it. You're there for the music, most of the people are assholes anyway, you get to leave whenever you want, and there's no cockblockers for one night stands. Who cares about friends when you've got music!?!? I'm so proud that I'm asking such good questions today.
Congratulations to Big D and the Kids Table for reaching their Kickstarter goal in just 8 days! They are going to use the money to make 2 new albums planned for release this summer and have lots of goodies for those of you pitching in. The fundraiser still has 18 days to go, so you still have time to grab some of their goodies. ::wink wink::
I'm not a vinyl collector, but I know a bunch of you who are. As with a bunch of other kickstarter projects, Urban Pirate Records would like you to help fund their project on Big Tunes. Now the label name didn't ring a bell when I heard about it, but after seeing the project, you'll definitely want to back them! The deal is a split 7' series with all of our favorite bands: Crazy Baldhead, Sammy K, Dave Hillyard's Rocksteady 7, Green Room Rockers, Bad Cards, Reggay Lords, Jesse Wagner, Vic Ruggiero, King Django, and The Snails. How can you pass that up!?!?! They are currently half way to their goal and still have 28 days left. Now I'm starting to think I should finally start collecting vinyl.
It's been relatively quiet around NYC for shows. I was slammed with a bunch of them at the end of January, it's been calm for 2 weeks and now here comes the next slam. Wow, I make it sound like REALLY...SLOW.....SEX. [Cue in You're Wondering Now.] Ok, back to reality. Cumming....err, coming up next is The Pietasters, Fishbone and Skatalites. The fun starts next Saturday. If I make all of them it'll be 6 shows in 8 days, 2 of them are in Boston. No biggie. Been there, done that, and will do it over and over and over. I can't believe I'm not burnt out from all of this. Check the ska show calendar for the updated schedule.
First up is The Electric Avenue show at Characters in midtown Manhattan on Saturday February 23. The Copacetics from Rhode Island will be making their NYC debut and are looking forward to meeting all of you. I want to be there since I've been wanting to see them, but The Pietasters will trump any band (or any life event for that matter) and I'll be hauling ass to see them out of town. Someone catch the Copacetics show for me and tell me how it goes! You can also check out more info on them and hear a few tunes on Reverbnation.
Remember how I mentioned that my boys, The Pietasters, are going to be having their own beer??? Well, DC Brau and Ska Brewing are going to be releasing their new brew called "'Taster's Choice" (which is a Doppelbock style lager brewed with coffee) at a Pietasters show at the Black Cat in DC on March 27th.....yeah, a fucking Wednesday!!! How the FUCK am I supposed to make this one!?!?! What's even worse/better is that the openers are Caz and the Day Laborers and also The Shifters. Seriously!?!?! FUCK ME. You should really make this one since you can totally rub it in that I can't make it, plus the show is a benefit for the Todd Eckhardt Scholarship for the Duke Ellington School of Arts. Todd was the original Pietasters bassist and a beloved friend. We miss you Todd. I'll be bitching about this for awhile for not being able to go. FUCK.
Even better than shows are ska fests!!! The first one I know of is VIVA SKA VEGAS 2013 on May 4th. The line up includes Reel Big Fish, The Chinkees, Let's Go Bowling, Suburban Legends, The Skeletones and more. Twenty bucks ain't bad. Shit, I'd be happy paying 20 bucks just to see LGB again. It's been too long since I've been able to yell "YOU SAID I COULD HAVE IT, DADDY" without anyone staring at me and taking a few steps back. Reel Big Fish has been trying to sweet talk me into going and I just might have to give in. Not like that would take a lot of work. I'll see about that one.
The other I know of is the FISTFUL OF SKA! ska fest on May 24-25 in Des Moines Iowa. Yes, I said Iowa. Not exactly the ska destination of the US, but the line up is pretty sweet and includes: Inspecter 7, Deal's Gone Bad, The Bishops, The Prizefighters, The Dropsteppers, The Soul Radics, NYC's own Sammy K & The East Los Three, Green Room Rockers, and more. This one ain't so cheap coming in at 50 bucks a pop, but I've seen most of these bands live and it's totally worth it.
Well, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones have already begun booking spring shows! The first one I've gotten wind of is "The WRFF Radio 104.5 6th Birthday Show." It's just around the corner in Camden NJ, right outside of Philly, on May 12th. The show is more like a festival featuring many bands, but the Bosstones are the only ska band listed. Is it worth going? (Oh boy! Oh boy! More good questions!!) Joe Gittleman the bass fiddleman said they will be playing about a 40 minute set and is probably going to be played in the afternoon as opposed to later in the evening. To a Bosstones fan 40 mins is not much compared to their 2 hour set this past New Year's Eve show, but ska is like coke and I'll take what I can get. Again, it's in May. Don't hurt yourself thinking about it right now.
Finally, today's bit-o-ska fun comes from my friend Bryan Kremkau: ska fan, photographer, and owner of READjunk.com. The article he wrote called "50 Ska Pick-up Lines" went viral in the last week, many times being thrown my way, but I had to laugh. Not only has most of those lines worked on me (especially that one "Hey, I'm the singer of the Pietasters"), but it was originally written in 2004. I asked Bryan about it and his reply was "RBF posted it on Valentine's Day and said it sucked, but [the list] wasn't meant to be good. lol. I find it funny that they posted it and then ripped into it. Then why post it?" See, Bryan and I both are chock full of good questions. Now we just need good answers. See you at the show!
PS - I know it's very rare that I'm off topic, but there is a comedy show coming up that is not to be missed. My unlady-like manners and raunchy sick sense of humor is attributed to Stephen Lynch, the singing comedian. I love him as much as I love ska. Ok, so it's not even close, but I still love him! He doesn't love me though after I told him I can't stand playing poker, but I'd play at his table just to win his money. Apparently my jokes aren't as funny as his jokes. He'll be at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair NJ next weekend on Feb 22. I'll see you at that show too!
February 12, 2013 - Hey kids. I haven't forgotten about you, but I've had one of my parents receive a serious medical diagnosis and I've been trying to cope with it for over a week now. I'll be still going to shows and I'll still be ruffling peoples' feathers, but at times like this when I'm home typing all of this my mind becomes preoccupied with the situation. I'll still do my best to keep up here, but just wanted to let you know what was going on. Thank you and see you at the show.
February 3, 2013 - Nothing like dragging a fat rodent out of home on a cold morning to figure out the fucking weather months from now. Yesterday was Groundhog's Day and Punxsutawney Phil did NOT see his shadow, meaning spring is coming early. Hey, I'm happy with that answer since fucking forecasters can't get their shit right 24 hours ahead. I just want it to be nice enough to ride my motorcycle out to more shows.
Speaking of riding to shows, I was supposed to go to Philly last night to see Reel Big Fish and the Pilfers. It didn't happen. It was in the mid 20s with flurries and there was no way I was going to ride 2 hours down and 2 hours back in that. I'm hardcore, but not THAT hardcore. I'm more ska-core. I know, that was lame.
Big D and the Kids Table are on Kickstarter in hopes to raise enough money to fund two new albums they want to release this summer. Listen to Dave's sales pitch, check out the pledge offers, and more on their project page. The rocksteady group from DC called The Scotch Bonnets were able to get their project funded and so was NYC's own Sam Gursky's project for a Brooklyn Rocksteady documentary! I know we can fund this one too!!!
Tomorrow night is Reel Big Fish with the Pilfers in NYC again at Brooklyn Bowl. It's a great venue and the concept of bowling while being able to watch the show at the same time is pretty fucking awesome, but whats not so awesome is the cost: $25 per half hour. That's when you learn power-speed bowling. I'm imagining chest throws instead of swinging your arm would save some precious time. Me? I'll be jumping around in front while trying to take pics at the same time.... or as my fellow photographer Bryan Kremkau said to me a week ago at the Reel Big Fish show at Irving Plaza "HEY! NO SKANKIN IN THE (PHOTO) PIT!!
Finally, I'll leave you with an endearing quote that Brendog, guitarist of Mephiskapheles, told me a few days ago: "Sometimes I think if it weren't for you ska would have died out a decade ago." Aww. See you at the show!
January 27, 2013 - See, I told you I'd be back. Yes, I'm the lice of the ska scene. Here's the rest of my news:
I found out this morning that Reel Big Fish and Big D will be on Warped Tour this summer! So is Goldfinger too, but the last time I saw them they weren't very ska. Your call on that one. Check out the dates for 2013 so you can pick which day you'd like to die of heat exhaustion. The New York location is still the same at Nassau Coliseum and will be on Saturday July 13th. More dates will be posted so don't get all pissy with me if you don't see what you want.
Tim "Johnny Vegas" Burton: First saxamaphone for The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and then a volunteer in the US Coast Guard communication center in Jacksonville FL....and now back to music. We all know he's been part of the Bosstones post-hiatus, but now he's got a second band that's not ska. Since 2010, Burton formed a band called All Night Wolves in Jacksonville and they are going to be releasing their first album in March. Oh, and Burton doesn't play saxophone in this band; he plays bass and sings. You can read more about it and hear one of their tunes on record label's site, Financial Records. They also have a bunch of vids from shows on YouTube. Go check 'em out.
It's just the same old show ON MY RADIO: I just ran across a new online station called Bob's SKA Radio covering everything from The Skatalites to The Specials to Streetlight Manifesto. Hey, I can't complain. And remember, if you don't like this one you can always go get a great mix of all 3 waves 24/7 as well at Ska at SKY.FM. Now if you can't stand ska that much, there is also my partner in crime Amanda who has a weekly show on her site called A Perfect Mess Ska Radio. If you miss it being aired, you can always listen to the podcast of it later. She's good like that. I just like her because she makes me the most awesome lemon cookies....which reminds me, I owe her cupcakes. If all that ska isn't enough, you can always catch Tazy Phillips' Ska Parade radio show. Tazy is older skool than me, so the guy knows his shit. He's been around since the birth of southern Cal's ska scene, like when Sublime was just ok, No Doubt was still doubtful, Hepcat was just a kitten, and Reel Big Fish was still a guppy. Whew. Now no bitching about you not getting enough ska to fill the gaps between your shows.
Speaking of bitching, I'm pissed off with Flickr. I love that it's a great place where I could post my photography, but you got to stay a member for all your pics to stay accessible. If not, then they only allow you to post 10 albums and the rest disappears...which means my show photography page leads to dead links. Fuck. I got to figure something else out. Let me get back to you on that one. I also updated the ska calendar with some more Skatalites, Big D, Obi Fernandez, Warped Tour and Pandemics shows. I did some spring cleaning in this shitty ass 20 degree weather and moved all posts previous to this month into the Ska News Archives. I try not to repeat news unless I'm drunk, so be sure to take a look back especially if you get drunk too. Shit ain't easy to remember.
So I had a great time at the Beat show last night. They're the kind of band that makes you feel at home, personally and musically, and I'm glad I made it on time. The best part of the night was hearing songs that haven't been played in awhile. Normally it's me bitching that Doors Of My Heart is cut from the setlist, but they played it last night!!! Not only that, but they also played Too Nice To Talk To and End Of The Party too which is SUPER rare. Other fans and I couldn't remember the last time they played those last two. Hopefully they will do something special for the NYC show at the Bell House in Brooklyn on Thursday too. We deserve it just as much as the MILFs up in CT!!! Hey, those MILFs aren't easy to deal with when it comes to who's going to get the most attention from Dave Wakeling. They may have aged well, but my tits are bigger. I'm guessing that's why Dave thanked me for dancing up front. I win!
Yesterday began a fun week of ska for me. English Beat, Reel Big Fish, The Pilfers, Obi Fernandez and The Pandemics. It's good to be NYC ska! See you at the shows!
January 26, 2013 - Geez man. It's nearly the end of January already. I'm not even used to it being 2013 yet. So before I run out to the English Beat show tonight in Fairfield CT, I got some news that isn't just me blabbering. Sweet and Dandy....err, I mean short and sweet. Here we go:
Inspecter 7's new album "Escapes & Illusions" is out. You can pick it up (no pun intended) on Amazon. I haven't heard it yet since I'm waiting to buy it at a show instead. Inspecter 7 is having the record release for this at The Court Tavern in New Brunswick NJ on February 2nd at 9pm. If you miss that one, you can also catch Mephiskaheles with Inspecter 7 at Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park NJ on April 20th at 7pm. I'm just happy they didn't write another song about me....and no, I'm not telling you which song. I'll give you a hint though: Listen to their other albums. It's on there. And yes, I'm well aware that doesn't narrow it down at all.
Jimmy Doyle has been part of the NYC ska scene for awhile. I met him at Warped Tour out in Long Island years ago when we couldn't stop talking about The Specials coming to NYC, which ended up happening a couple years ago. Best show ever. So Jimmy was the guitarist of Brooklyn's own rocksteady band, The Forthrights, but left the band after awhile. He's now in another band called Jimmy Doyle & The Engineers, which isn't ska but he's still a great musician. You can check out his band's site for a demo. If you don't want to do that, but still hang out with Jimmy go to his bar Mr. Beery's out in Long Island. He's a bartender and that boy knows his liquor.
Speaking of The Forthrights, ex-member Sammy K is taking over ska scenes across the US. Sammy is the most loved Jersey boy turned NYer, but now he's taking over ska scenes all over the US. Sammy K and The Fast Four, backed by The Snails, opened at the Pilfers/Edna's Goldfish/SHJ show back in October, he moved the next day to Los Angeles and has set up shop again over there. He's came back again to open for the Slackers holiday show in NYC a month ago and here's a video of Sweet Misery from that show. God, I love this tune and it always gets stuck in my head. WELLLLLLLLL, Sammy is keeping up with the PMA and is now doing a Kickstarter kind of thing as Sammy K and The East Los 3 on Big Tunes so he can raise the funds for a new album. For more info and to support such an awesome guy, go check it out now. I can't wait for this.
Crap, I have other stuff to share, but now I'm running tight on time to make The Beat show. It's all your fault. I hate you. I'm sure I won't see any of you there since tickets are a ridiculous 50 bucks. So I guess I won't see you at the show. :P
January 22/23, 2013 - I really got to cut this bullshit out of coming home, sleeping and then staying up all night. I've been doing this since we returned from the winter break and I totally blame Throwdown for this. The whole 737 crew stayed up all night and slept all day (except those in the latter who decided to start drinking at 9:45am). So yeah, 3 weeks of this bullshit and I still haven't shaken it yet. I can admit it's making me a cranky bitch. Just be thankful that it's the people who see me everyday that's got to tolerate me and not you.
Since it's the middle of the night and I don't feel like yapping too much, I thought I'd amuse you with my friends who needs OCD therapy regarding ska shows as much as me. You all know I go to more shows than anyone else. I've held this title for as long as I can remember, but now I have some serious competition. My two biggest threats: Danielle from New Hampshire and Skankin Rich.
As a refresher, Danielle is my friend who has seen Big D and the Kids Table 115 times to date, outbeating my lifetime of 107 Pietasters shows. It's not fair though that she lives less than an hour of her boys in Boston and I live over 4 hours away from my boys in DC. I'm not too worried though since I totally plan on taking over this summer while she has work and I don't. Take that bitch! Now Big D isn't her only issue. She's got that show obsession just as bad as me. After I shared with my friends all the shows that are coming up for me, she had to post hers. Here's mine first:
1/26 English Beat (CT)
1/28 Reel Big Fish, Pilfers (NYC)
1/31 English Beat (NYC)
2/2 Reel Big Fish, Pilfers (Philly)
2/4 Reel Big Fish, Pilfers (NYC)
2/8 Obi Fernandez (NYC)
*I'll feel lost during a 2 week break from shows.*
2/22 Stephen Lynch (NJ)
2/23 Pietasters (NJ)
2/24 Fishbone (NYC)
2/25 Fishbone (NJ)
2/28 Fishbone (CT)
3/1 Toasters (Boston)
3/2 Fishbone (Boston)
*and yet another 2 week break from shows. boringgggggg*
3/16 Meph, Bluebeats (NYC)
3/23 Slackers (NJ)
3/29 Pietasters, Big D (NYC)
Here's Danielle's upcoming show list:
1/27 Reel Big Fish (Boston)
1/29 English Beat (Boston)
2/1 The Slackers (Dover NH)
2/21 Bill Burr (Boston)
2/23 Inspecter 7 (Providence)
3/1 Toasters (Boston)
3/2 Fishbone (Boston)
3/29 Big D (NYC)
3/30 Big D (Providence)
I win!!! And I'm only on a motorcycle or public transportation!!! She has a car! What was the first thing we did seeing each other's schedule!?!?!? Of course, we looked to see which ones we could take from the other's and add it to ours by crossing over and timing it better. I know, we have issues. We also don't have a life outside of just work and shows. And the only reason we work is so we could afford going to shows.
As for Skankin Rich, well, I got to see him Sunday in Long Island at the Toasters show and we went over our numbers. Though he didn't have a massive list of upcoming shows like Danielle and I, we did compared how many shows we went to within a year's time. My best was around 95 shows in 1997. Rich says his best is 125 that he attended around 2004 or 2005, but that includes all concerts and shows, not just ska shows. He's says he'll go through his paperwork for me and check up on that. According to Buck, singer/guitarist of the Toasters and mastermind behind Moon Ska Records, he says that Rich will outdo me this year in shows. For those of you who don't know, Rich is about 65 years old and retired giving him WAY more time on his hands than me. Bucks laughs at me and says that Rich as the upper hand because Rich gets senior citizen discounts on all public transportation. It also took Rich over 4 hours to go from his house in CT to that LI Toasters show, while it only took me 50 freezing minutes on motorcycle one way. It's helps that I was only coming from the city too. Rich put my ska show count to the test last year when I made it to 70 and Rich's total was around 55. As of this year, he's already been to 5 and I've made it to 3. Not good. I'm not going to let this bastard grind me down!!!
Between Danielle and Rich, it's war. I'll keep you updated on how bad this show obsession gets for the 3 of us.
Now for a bit of real news: I made it to the Scofflaws/ Bullbuckers show at Characters in NYC on Saturday. I'm glad I made it and it felt like one of those Wetlands nights without all the sweating. I've listened to the Bullbuckers album and felt mixed feelings about it since it was great music, but a more eclectic mix of styles and not just ska. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Seeing them live opening the show though just absolutely blew me away and I heard similar comments from other ska fans at the show. They were tight as hell and had such great energy! I'm now adding them to my "instantly blown away" bands list which in the past year includes The Soul Radics, Sammy K and the (whatever number of musicians he's rounded up for that specific show, lol) and The Shifters. I can't wait to see all those bands again....and again....and again.... I've been seeing the Scofflaws for nearly 20 years, though they've been around MUCHHHHH longer than that. On Saturday, seeing them was like the comfort food of the NYC ska scene, meaning it's great seeing them no matter what, but this wasn't their greatest show ever. The biggest complaint was that the horns were out of tune. The trombone player spoke to me about that criticism later, admitted they were, and could have done better. I'm ok with that since all that really mattered was that everyone was having a good time....and we all were. I knew about half the room and at least an easy 15 people were friends that I've been going to shows with for over 15 years, many of them that night from the Moon Records crew. Good times, good friends and great music. THAT'S what makes a good show. Here is the video I took of The Scofflaws playing The Good, The Bad and The Ugly from Saturday night.
The Toasters played on Sunday night out in Amityville Long Island. Yeah, as in the Amityville Horror. I heard that house was still standing not too far from the venue, but I'll keep my wimpy ass away from there. The club used to be called Ollie's Point, but recently changed hands and is now called Revolution. There was no changes inside, just the name, so it's all good still. The highlight of the night was having ex-bandmate Erick Storckman join them on stage for a couple songs. Erick plays trombone and recorded This Gun for Hire and New York Fever with the Toasters. I haven't uploaded the vid with him in it yet, but hopefully you can be pacified with the video I took of Pirate Radio til then. Enjoy.
As I leave you for the night/the morning, I do welcome you to check out all the videos on my YouTube channel featuring 68 videos I've taken at ska shows. I'm always posting new ones, so subscribe too if you want to be cool. Just look up RUDESMILE and all of it will come up (Eww, I just made that sound like ska puke). If you like ska, there will definitely be SOMETHING there that you like. Simple shit people, simple shit.
Remember that a good handful of Reel Big Fish/Pilfers and English Beat shows are going to be in the area this weekend! See you at the shows!
January 15/16, 2013 - It's 2:15am and I've already been verbally abused about my grammar tonight. If you'd like to be one of those, then piss off. I should drink coffee, shouldn't I? Anywho, I don't have much to say (enjoy it while you can). A few quick notes:
The big news of the week is that Ska Brewing Company has met up with my fave band, The Pietasters, to produce a new beer. It's slated to be released in March at a fundraiser for The Todd Eckhardt scholarship. Todd was the original bassist of the Pietasters died back in 2001 and was such a great guy. The Pietasters' photographer (and very talented artist) James Walker joined the boys to document the historical meeting....ok, it's more like the Pietasters needed an escort to make sure they didn't leave with all of the beer. Click the link to see a bunch of James' pics. I'm not a beer drinker, but I do plan on hoarding as much of the beer as I can.
This weekend get your fill of REAL NYC ska: The Scofflaws are playing at Characters in midtown Manhattan on Saturday night and then Sunday night is the Toasters in Amityvilly LI. Monday is a bank holiday so you can get trashed at the Toasters show with no worries.
You get a week off and then you'll be bombarded with more shows starting with the English Beat and then Reel Big Fish with the Pilfers. Next, rounding into February will be Inspecter 7's record release show at the Court Tavern in New Brunswick. Then not much again til the end of February.
I added a bunch more shows to the calendar: a few Skatalites shows, Meph and Blue Beats, a bunch for Fishbone and a few Toasters shows. Not an exciting start to the year, but I'll take what I can get. See you at the show!
January 6, 2013 - I'm pooped and not in the mood for giving you my usual sassy attitude. For nearly the past 24 hours, minus 8 hours for sleep, I've been editing pics from The Slackers NYC holiday show, The Amazing Royal Crowns reunion show at The Bosstones Hometown Throwdown on New Years Eve, and of my 737 family. The latter was a priority just so they'd stop nagging me. I haven't even gotten to the Bosstones NYE set, Big D or any of the openers for the Slackers holiday show. Ugg. Honestly, between being overstimulated from 4 days of Throwdown, going through post-Throwdown withdraw, getting back in the rut of work and all of this photography I'm honestly a little burnt out. I also skipped out on Obi Fernandez's show in NYC last night just because I already had too much going on. Not like I knew that back when I bought my ticket in early December. When I get those photos up for you guys and get some of that video up too, I'll be sure to brag about. In the meantime, you're always welcome to check out my videos that are already up on YouTube. Just search "RUDESMILE" and all of them will come up. There are currently 62 videos from ska shows, so you're bound to like at least one of them.
Oh and speaking of Throwdown, in case you're curious here is just a glimpse of what the 737 is like during that time: numerous noise complaints about a few of our rooms, I'm sure it was one of us that pooped in the hotel lobby's sink, 2 of us puked from drinking too much, one of us got slapped across the face 3 times by a girl and then once on his bare ass after sticking it in another guy's face by the guy, one of us has no idea where he went to sleep and then where he woke up one of the nights, someone broke the couch, pizza crusts and rice crispy treats where being thrown out 4th story windows at people below and then more rice crispy treats being thrown at each other in the hall, sing alongs at 2am, I'm sure many of us got groped from being sardines packed so tight at the McGreevy's Meet and Greet, many folks started drinking at least by 9:45 am every morning, and then I can admit my doing of giving a 737's dog half a block of cheese before bedtime and screaming FUCK OFF in the hotel lobby at 4am. We're all grown ups, but none of us act like it.