- I went to Taco Bell. The guy working the counter asked if I wanted to try the new Dorito Taco.
- I said, “No thanks.”
- He said, “Have you had one before?”
- I said, “No. But I’ve had a Dorito, and I’ve had a Taco…so technically yes.”
- He said, “Oh, but you should try them together…it’s amazing.”
- I said, “Maybe you should lower your standards of what you consider ‘amazing’, buddy.”
- He said, “Maybe you’re right. So, what can I get for you?”
- I said, “Yeah, I’ll have the Dorito Taco…”
Last Saturday (8.15.09) one of the bands I play in called ‘Sunset Love Affair’ was fortunate enough to open up for the band ‘Tonic’. This was a pretty cool experience because I have been a huge fan of ‘Tonic’ for quite a few years. I would put them in my top 10 favorite bands of all-time. I’m sure some of the other guys in the band felt the same way as I did about the show.
Overall the show went very well. We had a full band consisting of the core members of SLA (Chris, Matt Graff, and myself), as well as Jeremy on bass, and Gabe on drums. Technically it was The Red Tide Saga but billed as Sunset Love Affair. We played a pretty diverse mix of music ranging from Alternative Rock to Ska to even a Pop-ish Ballad. We video taped the whole entire show and it is available on YouTube and if you feel like collecting all of the videos in the order that we played them in, here is the setlist:
1) Of Stars & Stone
2) 4 Shots
3) Bring Me A Reason
4) My Later Tonight
6) Selling Out For You
7) Only Heaven Knows Her Name
8) So Much To Me
10) Buffet Line
12) Touch The Sky
13) Stroking 5th
I think it was quite an amazing set list and quite possibly the best one we have ever played. “Bring Me A Reason” was added at the last minute (about 1 hour before the show). We were going to play “Obvious Mistake” but we tossed that out of the setlist and replaced it with “Paranoia”. We weren’t quite sure how the crowd would respond to “Paranoia” but after playing it we received a ton of comments about the song and it proved to be a positive decision.
Right now we are getting ready for a show in Macon, GA on 8.29.09, which is usually a good time for us. A few of our best friends/fans are from the area and they always come back home to show support. We are continuing to try to book shows and we are all excited to see what the future will hold and hope another opportunity like the ‘Tonic’ experience comes our way.
I will leave you with a few videos from our performance the other night…enjoy!
Also check out the other videos from the performance as well as any other videos I have uploaded…go here: http://www.youtube.com/mbannis1