2017-09-12 Fresno, CA

Notes from the Taper

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The Magpie Salute
Tower Theatre For The Performing Arts
Fresno, CA
September 12, 2017

** 16 BIT **

Source: Sonic Studios DSM-6P w/3-way lo-cut filter (@ 80hz, middle setting) > Tascam DR-2d @ 16 bit/44.1 kHz
Mastering: .WAV > Sound Forge Pro 11.0 (Build 299) [iZotope Mastering Suite (declick); minor edits, normalize, & fades] > CDWav tracking) > Trader's Little Helper (level 5) > FLAC > TagScanner 6.0.18 (tagging)
Location: Row 11, DFC, mics mounted on the "blue head" sitting on the seat next to Steve (see photo)
Recorded by: Steve "ballsdeep" Hagar
Mastered by: Dennis Orr

Setlist:
01 Intro Music
02 Nebakenezer
03 Been A Long Time (Waitin' On Love)
04 Go Tell The Congregation
05 Smoke Signals (1)
06 Omission
07 Inside (2)
08 Chat
09 Stand Back
10 Don't Know Why
11 Under A Mountain
12 Grows A Rose
13 Pastoral
14 Shalimar Dreams (1)
15 Yesterday I Saw You (2)
16 True Blue
17 Chat
18 Your Time Is Gonna Come
19 Shine Along
20 Kept My Soul
21 Tied Up And Swallowed
- Encore -
22 Stare It Cold
23 Remedy

(1) Marc - lead vocals
(2) Rich - lead vocals

Rich Robinson - guitars & vocals
Marc Ford - guitars & vocals
John Hogg - lead vocals & percussion
Sven Pipien - bass
Joe Magistro - drums
Chris Konte - keyboards
Nico Bereciartua - guitars
Charity White - backing vocals
Adrien Reju - backing vocals
Katrine Ottosen - backing vocals, harp, & melodica

Show Notes:
Rolled to the venue around 4:00 PM, and met up with good friend Steve G (the one Rich called out 2 nights consecutive) about an hour after that. Patience paid off with being able to catch most of soundcheck (walked in during the end of "Stand Back").

Both the soundcheck and show were short (soundcheck less than an hour, the show well under 2 hours, shortest of the 5 I saw).

Could tell from the vibe it was gonna be a "rock" show, and the setlist did not disappoint. Will just let it speak for itself, though I gotta say "Your Time Is Gonna Come" was a highlight for me. A tear or two trickled down my cheek during (the sissy that I am)...why? Because I never thought I'd see these songs, these performers *like this* at this stage of the game. I could go on about other songs, but I've already done that for all the others, so for this one, you pick *your* favorites, unimpeded by my adjective slaw.

I can not implore you enough, however, after basically spending a week on the road with TMS and the family I've developed with/thru their fanbase, to GO TO A TMS SHOW. I pretty much got 90+ different songs over 5 shows...and it truly is a sight for sore eyes mixed with Gump's box of chock-lits (sic). Everyone is in a great mood, post-show autographs in the smaller cities are a breeze (if you're into that kind of thing, I may ask them at the very end of this journey to sign a couple of things, if it all works out), but both myself and Dennis have done our best this week to help get the word out, not with my fingers, but thru your earholes. We have a fun little group on FB with a bunch of the old timers - if anyone wants in, just let me know (I'm pretty easy to track down).

Seriously, listen to one, any of these shows, and you'll realize this a a 'professional' show. No beers backstage, no sloppy mistakes, spot-ON sound, and setlists to die for.

I did send Steve G. with a Tascam internals deck to Los Angeles tonight (safe travels, bro!), so keep your fingers crossed that he pulls a front row recording with it. Gut feeling they'll be getting an acoustic set down there...(just a guess).

It's all FresYES when it comes to Dennis getting it done...5 shows happened, and I believe the lag time was what, maybe 18-24 hours a show, if that? Day in and day out...so *you* folks could hear it too.

A bit of courtesy never hurt no one, give it a try.

I'm fucking off as you're clicking the download link, don't you worry

CUH-MOTHAFUGGING-CAWWWWW

-bee.dee.is.out!

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