-CAROLINE BLUE was performing at FORT DRUM, NY Tuesday night during Family Night for the troops. The band had a great time and went over great! We are experiencing problems with our photo server, but if you go to the CAROLINE BLUE MY SPACE PAGE and CAROLINE BLUE FACEBOOK PAGE, you’ll not only see the latest LIVE PICS 2006-2010 and pics of CB’s ever growing FANS, FRIENDS & FREAKS, but also WWJ’s show recaps from those shows (in the Blog & Discussion areas respectfully). We’ll let you know when the pics are back up here. Enjoy!
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Pics of CAROLINE BLUE live @ Family Night @ The Fort Drum Inn in Fort Drum, NY on Tuesday 12/15/09.
-And so begins another show recap-this time we see CAROLINE BLUE playing at the Fort Drum Inn in Fort Drum, NY 12/15/09-a Tuesday no less! Last year we received notifications about last year’s event but, for some reason that I can’t remember, things fell thru. We were contacted again back in September I believe for this year’s event and I said we were available, but then didn’t hear anything back till about 2-3 weeks ago. Then came the issue of finding sound for the show, but Lt. Rau was able to get that so things were all set & ready to go!
-After being at work very early, I got out before noon, met the guys & then we left for Ft. Drum. This was the 1st time I ever had to wear the leather pants plus shirt underneath my normal work clothes-inspiring my close friend Mike Merrifield to give me the nickname “Leather Lad” (HA!).The trip up was pretty quick-course, we had to stop while Doc went thru his “big adventure” (see pics for details-HA!).
-As we approach the gate, we have one of those “Classic Joe” moments. Now, anyone who knows Joe knows that he doesn’t have Drivers ID (What-Joe drive? Perish the thought!)-but he does have an Identification card. of course, 2 cars before we reach the gate Joe announces that his Id card expired back in 1998 (!!!)-not just a year or 2 mind you-but 1998! And he just noticed this now??? The MP said “2 out of 3 ain’t too bad” and was nice enough to let us thru. We then realize that all the street names have been changed so we quickly get lost! We eventually found our way to where we were suppose to be.
-We unloaded the gear & got all set up. Turns out the guy running sound has done so for us in the past-Mike (Lefty) of Deline Productions. He ran sound for the band back when we played @ Crossroads in Black River in 2005. Good to see him again. Everything was set up quickly and then we waited to get onstage.
-There were 2 comedians before us, one after us and a Bluegrass Band-an interesting mix. We originally had 1 hour to play, but that was shortened to 45 minutes. Here’s the setlist we did…
-Seek & Destroy-Metallica
-Ace of Spades-KISS
-For Whom The bell Tolls-Metallica
-Doc broke a string during “Enter Sandman” but just ripped it out, thru it on the floor and kept playing. Monitors were kinda faint-but that was more our fault I think-we do play pretty loud-in part cause certain band members are deaf right Doc? 🙂 Actually, we all have a hand in the loudness. One weird thing-on a number of songs Lefty added this echo at the end of chorus’. I’m not sure exactly why…maybe one here or there would’ve been ok-but for each chorus in a song? I remember “Deny” getting this-as well as a few others. I was alittle concerned about my injury from the last show acting up-but nothing bad happened. Normally we don’t do 3 Metallica tunes in a set, but the crowd wanted the heavy stuff so we gave them what we had. The set went over very well. We also did our special “Happy Birthday” song for a guy who said his name “Leo Bootybanger” or something to that effect. We had a good sized crowd there and we had a lot of people afterwards giving us kudos, wanting autographs, etc. It was an honor for us to play for them-especially since a good chunk of these guys are heading into Afghanistan next month.
-After we packed up, we stayed for a little bit and had some of the food-well, at least I did 🙂 I received a nice surprise when my friend Lisa showed up w/ a gift-she’d been to a KISS concert a few days ago & had bought a Platinum package-which meant she got backstage to meet the band! When she met Paul, she handed him a CAROLINE BLUE demo disc and had him sign a poster for me that was personalized-that was so cool! Thank you so much Lisa!
-We had to wait till things were close to ending-or at least when a number of drunk soldiers were attempting (emphasis) to sing “Friends in Low Places” & “Smells Like Teen Spirit” thru a semi-working karaoke machine. We got a very nice paycheck-and even got a nice bonus.in addition! Plus we got shirts, drinking glasses, shot glasses-pretty cool! Hopefully we’ll be able to do this next year.
-Then we started to hit the road, but we had to help take a drunken soldier to his barracks 1st.He was sitting next to Joe and, since he slapped my ass (!), I said to them both back there- “Now Joe-make sure you don’t tell him about that itch you have on your balls” (HA!). That opened up a can of worms! 🙂 The barracks arrived before Joe started to make a connection (HA!). Then we drove back home.
-I want to thank Lt. Rau, Dawn-and everyone involved at this event for having us come up to perform. It was a pleasure & honor to do so. Thanks for the Lisa & Avi for showing up in support & Deline Productions for sound/lights. We now have a 2 week break from shows before new year’s @ Hotel Adams. From all of us in CAROLINE BLUE-have a Merry Christmas!