Weekend Gig Report – In Stereo at Canyon Inn July 25-26, 2008

   My band In Stereo played the Canyon Inn in Salt Lake City, Utah this weekend. It was a lot of fun to get out and play. We’ve had about a month off and the break has been nice but I start getting restless to get out and play when we sit for so long. Overall the weekend went really well and it was a good success.

   On Friday, the crowd was up and dancing from the very first song. We changed up our setlist to spread the singing out between the various band members and we also put hard rocking songs in every set. Our setlist has gotten full of really strong songs and it’s nice to have great song after great song to play. We also didn’t play a single slow song the whole night which was an In Stereo first. It was really fun to keep everyone up and dancing but I have to admit it’s kind of a break for the band as well to play a slow song every hour or so. Still, it was pretty cool rocking out all night long. The highlights of the night were probably the 80’s hair metal that we played. We played Poison – Nothin’ But A Good Time, Motley Crue – Girls, Girls, GIrls and Def Leppard – Rock of Ages to a really packed and wild dance floor. We ended the night with The Who – Won’t Get Fooled Again which was a big success as well. It was about 102 degrees hot in Utah so we were wearing shorts and shades onstage and the crowd seemed to dig the summer look. Our regular fans that showed up gave us some great compliments.

   On Saturday the crowd was a little smaller but they were loud. They didn’t get up and dance right away but they cheered really loudly after every song. Kyle had some friends and family in the audience and that made it fun to play. It’s always easier to play to people that are going to like you no matter what. We actually played some slow songs on Saturday night! We played two and they both went over extremely well. We played Chris Issak – Wicked Gamd and Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb for the slow stuff. I always get really loud applause and a bunch of compliments on my guitar playing on Comfortably Numb and this weekend was no different. One interesting thing that happened during Comfortably Numb was a when a guy came right in front of the stage and was rocking out like it was a punk rock song. I guess he was just really feeling the music. Being moved by music can really cause some interesting behavior! He did come up and high-five me after my guitar solo which was cool. Saturday we played some good punk rock. We played The Ramones – Blitzkrieg Bop, The Clash – Should I Stay Or Should I Go and a punk rock version of the Rolling Stones – Paint It Black. It was a a lot of fun on Saturday as well.

   The crowd was really good both nights and we got a bunch of compliments. The club manager told us she was really happy with how we had changed up our setlist and several people came up to the band to find out where we were playing next. We didn’t have any fights or rowdy hecklers and we saw a lot of our regular fans at the Canyon Inn. I’m really looking forward to playing again. -Matt-

Author: Live Musician Central

My name is Matt Rushton. I have been playing in bands for 27 years. I've been playing professionally for 21 years. I have opened for Sheryl Crow, Barenaked Ladies, Joan Jett, Little River Band, and Quiet Riot.

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