Dear Weekend, I’m sorry I didn’t appreciate you please come back
After picking up a rideshare client from a tour bus, I asked:
“Is there any celebrities on the tour bus?”
(My Uber client hesitated)
“I’ll just wave,”
(Me waving to the tour bus with tinted windows😎)
“You know there may be some support staff on there, and a supporting artist,” she said.
(I’m optimistic that my dumb wave meant something)
“Do you like being a stage manager?” I asked.
“Yeah, I’m not gonna be doing this long ,” she said. “I’m gonna be managing the managers and taking a higher role.”
“That’s pretty awesome,” I said.
(I always use positive phrases like this and recently learned that in Boston they say things like That’s Wicked!,😏 even if the thing there referring to is negative)
“Yeah it’s not easy being a woman in this industry,” she said. “Whenever you take the lead a lot of your staff will be like she’s a bitch😖😖.”
“Wow, they would never say that to a male managers.”
“Yeah, but when they hired me, my male supervisor was like:
Well, I’m glad that we’ve got some women on staff because women take the lead They listen, versus men who after you tell them to do something, they go and do it their own way.
We seemed to be in an agreement during this feminist conversation.
(I’m not gonna lie, I did try to find out who the band members were on the tour bus but all she would tell me is that they playing at an arena in Minneapolis on June 10, 2022 and that her friend is a drummer for Carrie Underwood)
I changed directions and asked her about her Uber Pet, a dog, and she explained how the band encourages support animals when they’re on the road.
“Do you think that celebrities can handle stress better than average people?” I asked.
“Well, the band members that I’ve met are introverted and can barely manage a conversation after they get off stage.”
Sometimes they get frustrated and say things like these things shouldn’t be happening (at this level). Like the guitars should be pitched and ready to go, but it can happen, even at big venues.
(I made one last attempt at finding out who the band members were as we drove closer to the hotel)
Will you be waking up someone in the hotel? I asked.
(assuming everyone was still sleeping at 10am)
“Na,” she said.
And that’s all I got folks.
These ere the bands playing this week in Minneapolis:
Flogging Molly and the Interrupters
Rex Orange County