In this Crazy Tour Stories segment, the indie rock band, The Brummies, shares one of their stories from being on the road. You can check out the story, after the break.
In October of 2018, we found ourselves at the Bluebird Theater in Denver, Colorado. It was the first show of a month-long tour opening for the band, Banners. As all first shows go with a new band, you knock the nerves off as you meet who you will be getting to know for the next month, as well as preparing to play in front of a new audience. You rehearse and prepare your set in the days leading up to it, so everything runs smoothly. However, those rehearsals couldn’t prepare us for what was to come.
As showtime approached, we checked off all the boxes that we usually do…sound check, setlist, a few beers, and a shot or two. We then walked on stage to a packed theater. We got a few songs into our set and everything was going great and then suddenly everything went pitch black. You can hear the power leave the room as 14 city blocks in Denver unexplainably lose power. As a bit of panic sets in, we look at each other and try to figure out the next move.
As you know “the show must go on” so we found an acoustic guitar and walked to the front of the stage. By this time the crowd had all turned on their cell phone lights to see in front of them and set the mood. We decided to play our song “Haunted” from our last album Eternal Reach, which felt right given that we were all sitting together in the dark. The song is loaded with harmonies and then ends with a trumpet part. The crowd began to sing along with parts of the song and it felt more like a collaborative orchestration.
We finished the set with a few more songs as the power failed to return to the building. Honestly, the power going out made for such an experience that we joked that we wished that would happen more often. In what was momentarily one of the scariest moments on stage turned into one of the most memorable and enjoyable moments that we’ve ever had.