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PostSubject: Re: Pre Show Packages   Thu Oct 16, 2014 2:19 am

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Thanks for sharing this - wow, I was stoked before, now I am off the charts as this is exactly what I was hoping it could and up being like! Requests and answering all those questions makes it sound like its worth every penny!

No problem! You should be stoked! I hope my experience was less an outlier as much as it was the band improving the experience. In either case, just go in with a positive attitude and I think you'll be blown away.
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PostSubject: Re: Pre Show Packages   Thu Oct 16, 2014 9:42 am

I did the Minneapolis Pre Show and was happy with it. They were filming a live video for 1,000 Years so there were cameras in there while it was going on (and they played 1,000 Years 4 times). Off the top of my head they played 1,000 Years, The Navesink Banks, Wherefore Art Though Elvis, Break Your Heart, and Have Mercy (I think there might have been one more but not sure). Brian took questions for 15-20 minutes and was very sincere in his answers. They also filmed the entire show later on partially for the 1,000 Years video, but maybe for something else as well?
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PostSubject: Re: Pre Show Packages   Thu Oct 16, 2014 10:51 am

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I did the Minneapolis Pre Show and was happy with it.  They were filming a live video for 1,000 Years so there were cameras in there while it was going on (and they played 1,000 Years 4 times).  Off the top of my head they played 1,000 Years, The Navesink Banks, Wherefore Art Though Elvis, Break Your Heart, and Have Mercy (I think there might have been one more but not sure).  Brian took questions for 15-20 minutes and was very sincere in his answers.  They also filmed the entire show later on partially for the 1,000 Years video, but maybe for something else as well?

I was at Pre-show in Minneapolis too. I loved the Q&A part of it. My husband asked this: Are there any covers that you as a band have wanted to do and tried, but it just wasn't working out?

BF Answer: Left of the Dial. (He said there's so much sound within the song, they couldn't capture it)

What was also interesting is that when we were in line waiting to get in for pre-show, several members of First Avenue staff kept coming out of the club and staring up at the building in front of us. For anyone new to First Ave, there are stars painted on the building's exterior with musicians who have played there. I don't know what the qualifications are toward getting a star but my husband said he thought he heard Brian say they were getting a star. So maybe we'll get to see that when they release the video for 1,000 years.
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PostSubject: Re: Pre Show Packages   Thu Oct 16, 2014 11:07 am

I wish I had asked him during Nashville's pre-show Q&A if they are planning a live album this time (and when the hell are they coming back around next year?!).
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PostSubject: Re: Pre Show Packages   Thu Oct 16, 2014 12:07 pm

For the Holmdel show, it was kind of early in the tour & they probably hadn't worked the kinks out yet. I wish they would've done a Q&A then. The band does seem very appreciative that fans are coming out for it though. It was rainy and cold the day of our show. Brian asked someone to setup a cart for us with coffee & hot dogs......but nothing came of it. I still loved hearing 5 acoustic songs from the front row.
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PostSubject: Re: Pre Show Packages   Thu Oct 16, 2014 8:12 pm

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What was also interesting is that when we were in line waiting to get in for pre-show, several members of First Avenue staff kept coming out of the club and staring up at the building in front of us. For anyone new to First Ave, there are stars painted on the building's exterior with musicians who have played there. I don't know what the qualifications are toward getting a star but my husband said he thought he heard Brian say they were getting a star. So maybe we'll get to see that when they release the video for 1,000 years.


I saw on BF's IG that they got their star on the wall. That's really awesome to be up there with a ton of their influences!
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PostSubject: Re: Pre Show Packages   Fri Oct 17, 2014 9:26 am

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I did the Minneapolis Pre Show and was happy with it.  They were filming a live video for 1,000 Years so there were cameras in there while it was going on (and they played 1,000 Years 4 times).  Off the top of my head they played 1,000 Years, The Navesink Banks, Wherefore Art Though Elvis, Break Your Heart, and Have Mercy (I think there might have been one more but not sure).  Brian took questions for 15-20 minutes and was very sincere in his answers.  They also filmed the entire show later on partially for the 1,000 Years video, but maybe for something else as well?

I was at Pre-show in Minneapolis too.  I loved the Q&A part of it.  My husband asked this: Are there any covers that you as a band have wanted to do and tried, but it just wasn't working out?

BF Answer: Left of the Dial.  (He said there's so much sound within the song, they couldn't capture it)

What was also interesting is that when we were in line waiting to get in for pre-show, several members of First Avenue staff kept coming out of the club and staring up at the building in front of us. For anyone new to First Ave, there are stars painted on the building's exterior with musicians who have played there.  I don't know what the qualifications are toward getting a star but my husband said he thought he heard Brian say they were getting a star. So maybe we'll get to see that when they release the video for 1,000 years.

My sister in law asked Brian about the lyrics to Wherefore Art Thou, Elvis and related to his parents etc. It was really nice how thoughtful and sincerely he answered everyone's questions even though I'm sure he's heard them all before. It was a good experience.
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PostSubject: Re: Pre Show Packages   Fri Oct 17, 2014 12:33 pm

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jwhjr wrote:
I did the Minneapolis Pre Show and was happy with it.  They were filming a live video for 1,000 Years so there were cameras in there while it was going on (and they played 1,000 Years 4 times).  Off the top of my head they played 1,000 Years, The Navesink Banks, Wherefore Art Though Elvis, Break Your Heart, and Have Mercy (I think there might have been one more but not sure).  Brian took questions for 15-20 minutes and was very sincere in his answers.  They also filmed the entire show later on partially for the 1,000 Years video, but maybe for something else as well?

I was at Pre-show in Minneapolis too.  I loved the Q&A part of it.  My husband asked this: Are there any covers that you as a band have wanted to do and tried, but it just wasn't working out?

BF Answer: Left of the Dial.  (He said there's so much sound within the song, they couldn't capture it)

What was also interesting is that when we were in line waiting to get in for pre-show, several members of First Avenue staff kept coming out of the club and staring up at the building in front of us. For anyone new to First Ave, there are stars painted on the building's exterior with musicians who have played there.  I don't know what the qualifications are toward getting a star but my husband said he thought he heard Brian say they were getting a star. So maybe we'll get to see that when they release the video for 1,000 years.

My sister in law asked Brian about the lyrics to Wherefore Art Thou, Elvis and related to his parents etc.  It was really nice how thoughtful and sincerely he answered everyone's questions even though I'm sure he's heard them all before.  It was a good experience.[/quote

Jwhjr, Turns out I was standing right next to you! Your sister in law and I put our coats/purses under the stage together. i was the redhead on your right standing under Alex L. Next time I'll buy you a beer Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Pre Show Packages   Fri Oct 17, 2014 1:47 pm

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My husband asked this: Are there any covers that you as a band have wanted to do and tried, but it just wasn't working out?

BF Answer: Left of the Dial.  (He said there's so much sound within the song, they couldn't capture it)

That's interesting. I heard them cover Left of the Dial years ago at Hurricane O'Reilly's in Boston and thought it was a pretty solid cover. I guess they weren't happy with it, though.
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PostSubject: Re: Pre Show Packages   Fri Oct 17, 2014 2:08 pm

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jwhjr wrote:
My husband asked this: Are there any covers that you as a band have wanted to do and tried, but it just wasn't working out?

BF Answer: Left of the Dial.  (He said there's so much sound within the song, they couldn't capture it)

That's interesting. I heard them cover Left of the Dial years ago at Hurricane O'Reilly's in Boston and thought it was a pretty solid cover. I guess they weren't happy with it, though.

That's hilarious he said that.

That cover was the sole reason I found the Gaslight Anthem... If they hadn't murdered Left of the Dial in all the right ways, I would've never heard of them.

THe Paul Westerberg message baord blew up about how well they covered it. The Hurricane O'Reilly's performance was the one that everyone was going nuts over
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PostSubject: Re: Pre Show Packages   Fri Oct 17, 2014 2:09 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Pre Show Packages   Sun Oct 19, 2014 7:55 am

Booked the Edinburgh pre show and it worked out at £59 and that was £6.00 cheaper than a month earlier (exchange rates) ,this thread has given me so much help and info and really excited now and wondering if anyone is going to the pre show drop a message in my inbox and we can look out for each other , with the merchandise being accessible before the public get there hands on it can anyone say this is working out as i guess pre show is a few hours before doors opening .
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PostSubject: Re: Pre Show Packages   Sun Oct 19, 2014 7:58 am

Hey Biggs - I am doing the birmingham one a few nights later and I got an email not long after booking confirming time etc. I think mine is 3.30pm, so quite a while before showtime!
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PostSubject: Re: Pre Show Packages   Sun Oct 19, 2014 8:09 am

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Man, I’ve gotta say—I have no idea how anyone could not be satisfied with the preshow package. Absolutely incredible experience. Worth every last penny. And this is coming from someone who literally did not have the money to buy it and had to convince his wife to let him put it on a credit card. Here are my (lengthy) thoughts for those that are interested:

*I should first note that I have been absolutely obsessed with Gaslight for over 5 years and this was the first time I ever saw them, so my enthusiasm is likely heightened.

First the tour manager came out and gave us the landyards and cameras. Say what you will, but I thought the cameras were a really neat touch. It was a lot of fun hearing the two kids behind me ask their dad why they couldn’t view the pictures and why there was a limit. They then let us in and we all speed-walked to the stage where we could all hear the band playing a slow rendition of Keepsake. Once finished, they played it full speed for us. Next, they played Too Much Blood. At the end, Brian spent 5 minutes telling us all what the song was really about. Next, they played Miles Davis in an alternative tuning. Ian then wanted to fiddle with his new delay pedal (to use for Have Mercy) and Brian talked to us while he did. He gave some background on the recording of Have Mercy and then took questions for 15 minutes or so. He then took requests from us for what we wanted to hear—we chose Selected Poems and Sweet Morphine. Of course, Brian interspersed each with plenty of commentary and interaction. As we were leaving, he was shocked to find out the father of the two kids paid for their pre-show admission and told him to speak with the manager about getting their expenses reimbursed. We then got our Simpsons prints, a chance to buy merch, and were escorted out. All told, the experience took about an hour.


At least for my wife and I, the experience was surreal. Getting to see Gaslight play a five-song set to a crowd of 15, standing comfortably a few feet away, was amazing. It really felt like an intimate experience. Brian did a fantastic job connecting with fans and making the whole experience more than just watching a couple songs. He even asked, “Is there anything you guys want? Now’s your chance to ask!”

For me, it was well worth the money. Think of it like this—would you pay $19 to have Gaslight come play a lesser-played or requested song for you and a couple other people as well as talk to you a bit? Some people would pass—those are the people that shouldn’t do the pre-show. For me, $19/song in this context is a steal. Then again, I may change my mind if I see Gaslight 20 more times (especially in small venues).

The only complaint I can think of is that they played 3 of the songs in the show, which took away from some of the pre-show benefit. But hearing Miles Davis, Sweet Morphine, and Keepsake twice is certainly nothing to complain about!  

I’m not sure if this show was an outlier experience, but if it is the norm, I would highly recommend everyone try it.
Thanks for your feedback on your experience sounds like you had a great time and has increased my excitement for mine in Edinburgh ,Scotland and just wondering about the camera situation is it allowed to take candid pics with your own camera or phone ?
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PostSubject: Re: Pre Show Packages   Sun Oct 19, 2014 8:11 am

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Hey Biggs - I am doing the birmingham one a few nights later and I got an email not long after booking confirming time etc. I think mine is 3.30pm, so quite a while before showtime!
great stuff hope you enjoy , i will contact my mates and check to see what time our train arrives in Edinburgh as i have a panic on now thinking i may arrive later affraid
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PostSubject: Re: Pre Show Packages   Sun Oct 19, 2014 8:16 am

No problem Biggs - just wanted to be sure so I've checked my email and the birmingham one is definitely 3.30. Hope your train gets you in ok! Be sure to let me know how you found the experience - it sounds great from some of the reviews on here!
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PostSubject: Re: Pre Show Packages   Sun Oct 19, 2014 8:32 am

Boyfromlittleeden wrote:
No problem Biggs - just wanted to be sure so I've checked my email and the birmingham one is definitely 3.30.  Hope your train gets you in ok! Be sure to let me know how you found the experience - it sounds great from some of the reviews on here!
Will be glad to let you know and vice versa ,im like a kid in a candy shop but 51 years old lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Pre Show Packages   Sun Oct 19, 2014 1:24 pm

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shredderrrrrr wrote:
Man, I’ve gotta say—I have no idea how anyone could not be satisfied with the preshow package. Absolutely incredible experience. Worth every last penny. And this is coming from someone who literally did not have the money to buy it and had to convince his wife to let him put it on a credit card. Here are my (lengthy) thoughts for those that are interested:

*I should first note that I have been absolutely obsessed with Gaslight for over 5 years and this was the first time I ever saw them, so my enthusiasm is likely heightened.

First the tour manager came out and gave us the landyards and cameras. Say what you will, but I thought the cameras were a really neat touch. It was a lot of fun hearing the two kids behind me ask their dad why they couldn’t view the pictures and why there was a limit. They then let us in and we all speed-walked to the stage where we could all hear the band playing a slow rendition of Keepsake. Once finished, they played it full speed for us. Next, they played Too Much Blood. At the end, Brian spent 5 minutes telling us all what the song was really about. Next, they played Miles Davis in an alternative tuning. Ian then wanted to fiddle with his new delay pedal (to use for Have Mercy) and Brian talked to us while he did. He gave some background on the recording of Have Mercy and then took questions for 15 minutes or so. He then took requests from us for what we wanted to hear—we chose Selected Poems and Sweet Morphine. Of course, Brian interspersed each with plenty of commentary and interaction. As we were leaving, he was shocked to find out the father of the two kids paid for their pre-show admission and told him to speak with the manager about getting their expenses reimbursed. We then got our Simpsons prints, a chance to buy merch, and were escorted out. All told, the experience took about an hour.


At least for my wife and I, the experience was surreal. Getting to see Gaslight play a five-song set to a crowd of 15, standing comfortably a few feet away, was amazing. It really felt like an intimate experience. Brian did a fantastic job connecting with fans and making the whole experience more than just watching a couple songs. He even asked, “Is there anything you guys want? Now’s your chance to ask!”

For me, it was well worth the money. Think of it like this—would you pay $19 to have Gaslight come play a lesser-played or requested song for you and a couple other people as well as talk to you a bit? Some people would pass—those are the people that shouldn’t do the pre-show. For me, $19/song in this context is a steal. Then again, I may change my mind if I see Gaslight 20 more times (especially in small venues).

The only complaint I can think of is that they played 3 of the songs in the show, which took away from some of the pre-show benefit. But hearing Miles Davis, Sweet Morphine, and Keepsake twice is certainly nothing to complain about!  

I’m not sure if this show was an outlier experience, but if it is the norm, I would highly recommend everyone try it.
Thanks for your feedback on your experience sounds like you had a great time and has increased my excitement for mine in Edinburgh ,Scotland and just wondering about the camera situation is it allowed to take candid pics with your own camera or phone ?

When the manager handed out the cameras, he asked that we don't use any other cameras or phones to take pictures/videos. I imagine the camera situation is a compromise between the band wanting people to enjoy the experience and not hide behind technology the whole time and people wanting to document it. Also, I think they want to keep the pre-show a private experience.

In hindsight, I was happy about them not allowing other cameras. If they had, I would've been worried about capturing it all. Without the option, I could just relax and take in the wonderful experience!
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PostSubject: Re: Pre Show Packages   Sun Oct 19, 2014 6:48 pm

I have been to two preshows, the one at PNC in Holmdel and the one at Stage AE in Pittsburgh. Absolutely one of the best things I ever purchased. WELL worth the $ (especially when you buy 2 and through 45rpm)! Definitely consider it if you were on the fence!
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PostSubject: Re: Pre Show Packages   Sun Oct 19, 2014 6:50 pm

Thanks TLRRescue - what were the highlights for you?
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PostSubject: Re: Pre Show Packages   Sun Oct 19, 2014 7:33 pm

Both were very different. Benny couldn't be at the PNC preshow so it was an acoustic set. Just getting to watch that live is beyond amazing. At the Pittsburgh preshow, they were practicing a song by Matthew Ryan so they could surprise him and play it that night during the show. And Brian did a Q&A with the fans and answered all questions asked. He even took a request from someone who said his friend (who would be at the show that night) was wondering if they could play PJ's State of Love and Trust. Brian said I cant play it tonight but i can play it now and waited for him to call his friend on the phone, asked him his name and then said Here you go Josh! And went right into the song. Just an all around great night. Brian is amazing. He truly cares about the fans.
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PostSubject: Re: Pre Show Packages   Sun Oct 19, 2014 7:37 pm

That is the coolest story! Thanks so much for sharing it, i bet it'll be a memorable one for josh and his friend!

Everything points to the guys really trying to make this a worthwhile and memorable experience for everyone. So am I right in unserstanding outside of the one Benny couldn't make the aren't acoustic?
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PostSubject: Re: Pre Show Packages   Sun Oct 19, 2014 7:48 pm

I can't say for sure. I know my two were different because of Benny but I don't know how the others were played.
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PostSubject: Re: Pre Show Packages   Sun Oct 19, 2014 7:54 pm

Cool - Thanks for taking the time to reply. I would love to hear 'say I wont (Recognise)' and this seems like a good shout if they ask for requests!
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PostSubject: Re: Pre Show Packages   Sun Oct 19, 2014 9:41 pm

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Both were very different. Benny couldn't be at the PNC preshow so it was an acoustic set. Just getting to watch that live is beyond amazing. At the Pittsburgh preshow, they were practicing a song by Matthew Ryan so they could surprise him and play it that night during the show. And Brian did a Q&A with the fans and answered all questions asked. He even took a request from someone who said his friend (who would be at the show that night) was wondering if they could play PJ's State of Love and Trust. Brian said I cant play it tonight but i can play it now and waited for him to call his friend on the phone, asked him his name and then said Here you go Josh! And went right into the song. Just an all around great night. Brian is amazing. He truly cares about the fans.

Why does it seem like covers are requested so much? I kept hearing people in the crowd yell for GA to play non-GA songs. I've noticed this with other artists too.

Personally, I would never request a band to play someone else's song. Even if they have done it before, it just seems kinda insulting (as in, of all the songs to request, you pick the one the band didn't write?).
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