In this Preshow Rituals segment, the hard rock duo, Modern Mimes, reveals what they do before taking the stage. You can check out the story, after the break.
In the chaos of touring, preshow rituals have become a crutch to hold onto so we don’t end up flying off the rails. Though Ernesto and I are so different in this area, it really is like a baton passing relay race.
So it starts out something like this. Before we get to the venue I’ll be chill and Ernesto will be incredibly anxious and in a hurry until we get there. Once we arrive, the anxiety-ridden baton is then passed onto me (Adi). This is where all of my pre-show rituals fall into play.
I do most of the things that you’ve probably heard of before, including drinking lots of water, eating avocados, meditating, praying, vocal warmups, taking a teaspoon of honey, stretching, and putting my face on. Ernesto will usually eat some chicken (random) and smoke like a hundred cigarettes. These are some of the things we always do before a show, but let’s not forget about the pesky pre-show rituals!
The pesky pre-show rituals like pacing to and from the venue and the car so many times you decide to start wearing the car key around your wrist. Let’s not forget the setlist! It has become a ritual for us to contemplate and argue about the setlist until about 30 minutes before showtime, but wait there’s more…
We all know the classic scene in the movie Forrest Gump when Forrest drank too many Dr. Pepper’s and tells the president, “I gotta pee?” Well, that’s me before getting on stage! Between all the water drinking and nerves, it is imperative that I piss Ernesto off by running to the bathroom to pee- literally seconds before getting on stage. So there you have it! Modern Mimes’s pre-show rituals, the good, the bad, and the weird.