In this Preshow Rituals segment, the pop rock band, Running Lights, reveals what they do before taking the stage. You can check out the story, after the break.
Generally, I enjoy Peace before a show. Not peace and quiet, Peace of mind. And only if possible, of course. It may seem naive to expect that one can achieve such a Peace in a venue, theater, or any public forum for that matter. But, as it usually stands, the hardest things to possess are the things we want most. Pre-show Peace can be many things, if not all of the following. A smooth transit to the venue, expedited load-in, and an efficient soundcheck. Being a singer I make it a point to have several full-voiced conversations in an effort to warm up the chords; conventional vocal warm-ups are not quite suited to my rubber band of a voice. Perhaps I’ll sit in our vehicle and scream. Anything to get it a bit ragged, a bit raspy, so I can push it to that place onstage. A stiff drink, whiskey on rocks usually, can aid in that particular venture. Scream for Peace. A contradiction in and of itself, but why not? The temperature and humidity of a venue can have a positive or negative effect on a guitar, the latter resulting in some difficulty to pull the thing in-tune. It’s usually traveled some miles, as have we, and requires its own full-voiced conversation to find Peace. One hundred push-ups is the final action before actually climbing onstage. Now the heart is just a few beats shy of nervousness but adrenaline takes it the rest of the way. If there aren’t nerves it’s not worth doing. Nerves, fear, “do-or-die” brings the best out of any performer. Now, we disturb the Peace.
– Mike Squillante (Vocals)
Shows?! What are shows haha?! For my own pre-show ritual I don’t really do too much. I usually like to arrive at the venue as early as possible so the setup can be relaxed. I HATE having to rush getting everything patched in and working before a show, especially if it’s a showcase with multiple bands. Once we’ve done a soundcheck and have a good in-ear mix I’ll usually grab a beer or two and chill with Mike and Steve. Also, whenever it’s possible, I always love to hang with friends and fans before the show (and after of course)!
– Nick Squillante (Keys)
In my opinion the most important thing to do pre-show is to get in the right mind set and warm up. For me the quickest way to get in the right mindset is to sip on a good whiskey on the rocks. Recently, if it’s available, I love to indulge with some Glenfiddich but I will happily take any whiskey the bartender is offering! After some sips of the whiskey I like to grab my sticks and work on some basic drum rudiments. Sometimes I throw in headphones and work to a click but most times I just work on the rudiments that I have the most fun with. Usually it takes about 15-20 minutes to feel good so next I work on the rest of my body. After my arms and hands feel good I like to get up and move around a bit to shake off any final jitters! I’ll usually do squats, lunges, and pushups in a circuit to really get my heart rate up and the blood flowing. After about 10 minutes I’ve got a slight sweat going and I feel great! Finally, I go up to the guys and get them pumped up too!
– Steve Ranellone (Drummer)