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Heat Wave! – Wayland Tour Log 3/4/14

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Last night really escalated quickly. I would love to have watched through the eyes of an outsider as the shenanigans ensued between us and our pals in Bobaflex. When we get together it’s like high school kids who’s parents have gone on vacation. We can’t wait to break every rule we can think of and have the best time doing so!! Haha! We love those guys, and we love their music.

The show wasn’t my favorite time on stage, mainly because the stage was set up with a spider web of cords running all over the stage. Such a mess, I hate that. I swear the bottom of my boots never touched the actual floor during our whole set, I just stood on cords! It’s so hard not to trip and fall. On top of that, there was dirty electrical power which makes my amp hum really loud, and the floor monitors were crackling and popping like they were about to explode. My favorite is when I see Chip running to the sound board to work with the sound guy, and the guy is over at the bar getting a beer. Everyone said it sounded good out in the house, and that’s what’s important. The sound guy did a good job. Don’t get me wrong, I love and am truly thankful for every opportunity we get to play a show. I’m just being honest that there are nights out here when we really have to dig for inspiration. When every possible factor is lined up against us, it’s our job to deliver no matter what. I’m proud to say we do. It never fails, it’s always those nights, like last night, when you end up hearing after the set how the music really effected someone or how much someone sincerely appreciates what we do. This makes me feel like such an idiot for getting caught up in all the little technicalities. It’s like they enjoyed a show, a rock n roll experience that I totally missed out on! I’ll eventually learn what’s really important. Haha!

Woke up with my hair and all my clothes smelling like smoke (Yuck). We had a great morning of hot showers and laundry and we’re on our way to St Louis. We’re all hoping to pass an epic lunch stop like Chipotle or Panera Bread. (it’s the little things that keep us going) haha!

– Phil Vilenski

Guitarist Phil Vilenski from Wayland is a touring contributor to WGRD.com. So, keep an eye out for more tour stories from the band!

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