I have been able to enjoy watching and listening to Chris's music for a little while now after a deep sadness kept me from being able to enjoy it. Going back into the many memories over the years that he had gifted my wife and I through our many concert experiences and spending a little time speaking with him and meeting him has been more difficult. These past few posts have made me smile and think back to the many joyful times spent in different cities meeting people along the way and hearing so many songs for the first times that I never thought I would ever hear. There have been so many special moments along the way, but I will share a few of my favorites to hopefully express from my perspective how truly sincere and kind this man was to these fans.At a solo show we went up to Milwaukee in April 2011. My wife had made a shirt with the name of the song she wanted to hear and threw it up to Chris from the rail. I was filming with the camera on the stage (which Chris was ok with) he played the request! Then later in the set we called out an additional song and said "hey C'mon where's my hat or shorts that's how this works!" He played the second request anyway! Neither were on the setlist.. Super Cool of him.. the Next year in Miami he had not been playing "Say Hello" all leg of the tour, and we had just seen four shows in a row. We had shorts, hat, shirt ready for him.. He played Say Hello and Wooden Jesus for Us neither on the Setlist.. the guy loved his fans.. he was so personable... What is better than having a piece of music you want to hear more than anything, and having him play it when you have never heard it or haven't all tour. Just awesome!The below show was on my 2 year sober anniversary (12 years next week God willing) and was a very special day for me. I attended with my wife and brother. We made two signs as requests. He played BOTH! He spoke to us for quite some time and said the band had not rehearsed "The Day I Tried To Live" but they would give it a try and played a flawless version. They later played played "Pretty Noose" as well for us.. he then gave me his setlist. That was on the setlist and would have been played anyway but he made us feel as though it was for us. LolThis was from PJ20.. as we heard the rumors of the TOTD reunion I had made this sign. I was third row both nights in front of Mike and each night he came out and smiled and pointed at it. A few years later spent a little time with him and he said "that's the sign from PJ20". He signed and personalized it to my wife and I along with a beautiful poster photo from that night I had and a Purple vinyl. He then asked if he could please have a copy of the photo / poster so he could frame it on his wall in his house. He said that was one of his favorite memories. We spoke that night just my wife and him for about twenty minutes about life and music.When I had the opportunity to work on the Temple Bluray project for the record label. I would get reports back from him of my work editing the songs. That was super cool to know he was watching the work I was doing and the notes were always complimentary.
what are these bluray files you speak of..???
what are these bluray files you speak of..???
It was poorly advertised, because the advertising for the deluxe edition of the ToTD release said all the video was on the DVD, but they actually included some of the video on the bluray (that was supposed to be audio only). The Bluray contains about a half hour of ToTD footage from PJ20. There's the songs from sonic evolution too. The youtube link monkeewrench posted was the director's cut of the footage on bluray (the guy continued to tweak the editing after it came out).
You can see Steve's Directors Cut version here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=8&v=hHIz3qWy8oI
Well so far the SF Bluray is awesome. I can imagine how much work went into it maybe.
listening to Higher Truth right now. this one STILL hurts.
Couple thoughts about the Temple tour as we head slowly into winter -
It started a year ago tomorrow near the end of a US presidential campaign and ended with
Trump as the prez elect, so presumptively with the world in worse shape
than when it started (though I’m no fan of Hillary either). But the
healing or whatever you wanna call it and the optimism I was left with
after the last show in Seattle I don’t think I’ve ever felt before, and
that feeling hasn’t faded despite the increasing chaos of 2017 not to mention Chris’s passing and how that’s affected music lovers everywhere.
Watch his eyes here when the crowd is singing the second chorus and see
what they do. My Dad, who is not super familiar with grunge or even
rock music (gasp), caught them right away.
TGIF and Shabbat Shalom guys #tothepromisedland
Still struggle listening to his voice.I'm grateful for the ten times I saw him - but the last one (Higher Truth at Massey, 2015) was almost an afterthought after I'd sat through a 14-inning ALDS game earlier that day (which the Jays lost, so I wasn't really feeling the show). I wish I'd been in better shape. I wish I'd paid better fucking attention. And I wish my then-GF/later-fiancee/now-wife had gotten more time with Chris. That was her first time seeing him. I'm sure we both thought we had years left with him; I couldn't wait to take her to her first SG show.This hurts every day.