All the Froggies Had a Good Time!
(a thrown together scrapbook of the Roanoke show)
reviews, and stills from the video coming soon...
thanks to Chrisballew.net, and the ROK stickers below,
many members of the pusa Yahoo group who attended were able to get together and
enjoy the ROK
a mirror can be found here
|A video (~5MB) of the first song
Cool Time (MOV)
many of the listers, and one of the girls who got to
meow during Kitty
J, I told you I'd put this up!
(she didn't bring anything for Chris to sign, and sadly washed this
away, so here is your autograph!)
Handwise (job?) ;)
not sure what sort of furry mammal this was, or what his purpose was,
but he was kinda groovin' around
Dave signing Colin's guitar
Chris with the finished product, giving Colin some strumming tips...
Sara and Dave
Q, looking quite odd,
chatting with Chris,
Insane Ian in the
Jay and Chris (Dave and "The Angry Chef" in the background)
Insane Ian, Greg, and Chris
Greg and Chris (note autographs on Greg's hat)
Dave and "The Angry Chef",
who turns out to be Kurt Bloch
of Young Fresh Fellows fame.
He did an amazing job playing
lead guitar on "Naked and Famous"
and "Highway Forever".
Dave and Chris (gotta find out what this was they were reading so
Q's Festival button..
|coming soon, stills from the video!!!!
a great shot of all 3, during the end of "Back Porch"
an artsy, blurry one of the same moment
|more Vidcaps coming...
Roanoke was awesome.
Ian and I tripped from Balto/DC.
Greg tripped from Balto. Sara and
Jenn came from somewhere not too far away. Jay and
his son Colin flew down from Rochester!
Jay and Colin bought an
acoustic guitar at the local pawn shop, and brought it
to the show. All 3 prezzies signed it!!!
We all got to meet/chat with
the boys. They played most (if not all of S/T),
Mach5, Lunatic 2 Love, Some Postman, Problem (Sex Pistols), Highway
Forever, Jilted on the Tarmac.
Then got to hang with the boys
after the show at a local club.
Mucho evidence will come forth
soon. Video/pics/etc. For those who missed it.
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Hey everyone......WOW last night was sooo great!! you'll probably get
a better review from the others, but here's what i have to say: (there
are going to be a lot of !!!!)
*the stickers were a great idea!! i took my best friend jennifer (jenn)
and we spotted "the others" right away....Jay and Greg, and
Jay's son. then insane ian and john came, and we all hung out the
whole night!! everyone was great, very nice, it was awesome meeting
some people from the list!! if i come up to maryland, or any of you
come down to richmond, then we'll have to hang out!! but anyway
sharing the pusa excitement w/ya'll made the whole thing even better,
since you all understood exactly how i was feeling!!!
*the opening bands were alright. i liked them, i didn't think they
sucked, but if i'm into a band, i'll buy either their cd or some merch,
but i didn't even get up to get a free sticker...
*there were some hidden pusa fans there!! we spotted a couple of pusa
shirts ("i'm with lump") that i wanted to rip off the people
bc i really want a pusa shirt, and i tried to yell after one to join
our cult but he just kept walking. anyway, i also looked around at the
crowd a little during the show, and i was surprised to see a good
number of people singing along to songs that they wouldnt' have known
unless if they were dedicated fans....all those people need to join
the list! and someone make allison join, she was really nice!! anyway
the whole crowd was completely into the show, there were a lot of
people there and everyone was roking out, lots of crowd surfing and
random running on stage and a couple of guys skanked on the stage,
haha. i think some of it entertained the presidents, i saw jason
laughing a couple of times when security took some people out.
* the president's performance: did it live up to my (high)
expectations? of course, it's the presidents!! it was PERFECT. well,
they didn't play all of their songs, THEN that would have been
perfect, but the ones they did play were GREAT!! i'm sure someone will
have a setlist up, i think john already said everything they played,
but they really did an awesome job. they know how to get the crowd
hyped, too, and they (esp chris) did lots of cool/funny things during
the show....chris did the splits (kinda?) twice, and some crazy
dancing. and at the end of every song, jason would hit the drums right
as chris jumped in the air. i tried to get good pictures every time
they did something cool, but i would always take it right after it
happened so i think i'm going to have a lot of pictures of them just
standing there...haha oh well.
they brought out the "angry chef" who works at the wendy's
in los angelas but commutes all the way from arizona every
morning....(thats what chris told us...) haha... anyway he played
the guitar and had some good solos. what else? chris made some funny
comments but i forgot what they were. dave and chris played their
guitars almost touching each other at one point, i took a picture of
it. the crowd went wild when chris screamed "fuck you
kitty..." haha. the crowd also consisted of a lot of young goth
wannabes (why do i think they were fake? i don't even know any of
them, they just seemed fake for some reason...) but the crowd response
to the presidents was awesome, i definitely seeing them making a
i think the presidents had a really good time playing and performing
again. at one point chris got them to turn off the stage lights
completely and got everyone to get out their lighters and
wave them around. it was really cool.
*we met them beforehand, like john said. well, i only met chris and
dave, but they were both really really nice. i got some pictures with
them and their autograph, it was so cool!! i didn't get to tell them
in detail how much i liked them, but maybe i'll see them again
someday. i hope all of you get a chance to see them sometime, i know
it was one of my life goals, and its weird i got to do it. presidents
better keep touring!! i wanna see them again (i wish fairfax was like
a month from now instead of next weekend cause i can't go :( ).
*my only regrets: not going onstage when they asked for a female
during kitty...i'm such a pussy (that was beyond lame), and not being
able to hang out w/the boys afterwards (my friend wasn't feeling well)
but it's all good, it was still a completely incredible and
*john, thanks for getting jason's autograph for me!!! i really
really appreciate it!! and for the stickers :).
*insane ian, you were hilarious!! your comments made the wait for the
presidents to take the stage more bearable.
*jay, good job raising your son...he knew all the words :P.
*greg, thanks so much for being such a gentleman and protecting jenn,
she told me that you saved her from crazy crowdsurfers the whole time
(until that one inevitable one at the end). i really appreciate you
looking out for her!
ok i think i've covered everything?
i should get the pics back within a week or 2 and i'll scan them for
you, or maybe someone can put them up on a website? cause i took
almost a whole roll....i dunno i'll figure it out later.
this is the longest e-mail the list has ever seen.
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Well you all I just got in, after a wonderful nights stay in oh so
lovely Roanoke Va. It was amazing!!!!!!!! I gotta say I've
been looking forward to that show since I've been a presidents fan, this
was my first time to see them live and it was everything I could have
hoped for and more! I actually got to meet them, they were so awsome
and down to earth you could tell that what their fans thought was so
important to them. I got all three of them to sign my lucky hat :-D
now it is offically for ever my luckiest of lucky hats. Any one who
has a chance no matter the drive should most definitly take it, the five
hours of driving alone both ways was well worth it. You can ask
Ian I was like a kid in a candy store as I think we all were, it was
awsome. On a side note the night was made so much better by the
people I got to meet from this list. and I think I need to take
after sara and give a couple little shout outs here.
Ian - dude sara had it right you made the wait for the presidents
so much less painful then it could have been. You'll definitly
have to keep in touch and let me know if you're doing any stand up or
gigs that I can get to. FRODDER!!!!!!
Q - The man with the hook ups what can I say if it wasn't for you I'm not
sure if I would have meet them. Thanks man
Jay and Colin - Well all I can say is I better not see that guitar on
e-bay! I'm glad I got to meet you both it's always good to see a youngin
who's rocking out as hard if not harder than everyone else there,
Btw colin with those ups I saw while you were pogoing you should consider
playing some basketball
Sara and Jen - It was really nice to meet you, I'm just sorry
that the one guy got through, stuff like that can really ruin the
experience for everyone. I've got allison's e-mail and I'm gonna
talk to her about joining the list cuz you're right she should, she showed
up only knowing a little bit about PUSA and i think she did join the cult
and will be as bad as the rest of us from now on :-D
Neways that's it everyone, I can't wait to see the pictures, and Q let
me know what I gotta do to get a copy of that tape, same to jay, I'd
love to have both of your guys recordings.
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I saw PUSA at their Roanoke, VA show and they were great! I got a
chance to talk to Chris for a few minutes and he said they were
re-releasing their first album with a whole bunch of previously unreleased
materials. He also said (!!!) that they have a new album coming out
sometime in the near future. I also asked him about the Subset album and
he said that it was scrapped but some of the songs will be on the
self-titled re-issue. I was surprised to hear them play a Chris and Tad
song (Jilted on the Tarmac), a Sex Pistol's cover, and some new songs!
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Ok, here it is, a few days after the fact and i'm finally able to get
online and post about the coolest show i've been to in a
LOOOONG while. Some of this has already been said,
but this is my version of the recap, so...uh...deal
or something. Yeah.
Met Jaq in Bethesda and we treked to VA at around 2pm, made it there
by 6 (i drive kinda fast). Soon after arriving we met up
with Greg, Jay & his son Colin and Sara and her
friend Jenn. It was so cool to finally meet you guys
and get the different stories of what songs you dig,
how long a trip you took to get there and the like. You guys deffinatly
made the experience of my first PUSA show that much more memorable.
After about an hour of sitting through bands called HANDJOB or whatever
and FROTTER (sounds like something you scream when you're on fire)the
guys finally showed up and we all traveled backstage to meet and
greet. Chris spotted Jaq immediatly and recognized him on sight!
Lucky bastich. I introduced myself and Chris recognized my name
from our correspondence and told us that he had passes waiting at
the front gate for Jaq and I and if we had gotten them. Since we didn't
even know about them we didn't, but the gesture was still awesome
that he thought of us like that! Chris mentioned that they're
going to re-release the self titled album sometime in the summer
with new tracks, then a possible DVD with the videos to LUMP and
PEACHES as well as a making of docu, and finally a brand spanking new
album. Awesome. Colin got his guitar signed (genius idea) and Greg
got his hat signed since he didn't think to bring anything for them
to sign. I didn't either, and my camera's batteries had died the
nigt before, so i brought NOTHING but my scrawny self and i'm still
kicking my own ass for that one. If anyone managed to get me in
a shot they took send it my way (I know Jay took a pic of Greg &
CB with my head showing up in the bottom corner like some
demented leprchan or something...that'll do for
After much starstruck-ed-ness, we finally left the guys alone to work
on the setlist and waited for the show. After one more
band, Georgia Avenue (who sounded like John Mayer
beating the crap out of the Goo Goo Dolls for
fucking up a Counting Crows cover) they announced that PUSA
would be on stage soon. Cue the mad rush of PUSA fans to the front
of the stage. We got all the way to the front and stayed there the
entire show while Jaq & Jay stayed a bit back and taped the show.
Colin and Sara at the very front (as they were the shortest) and
Greg and I hanging back just behind them with Jenn and Greg's friend
Allison whom he met at the front gates. We were joined by a little
junior PUSA fan named Logan who had to be about 6 years old.
His dad wanted him to get as close as possible so we got him to the
very edge of the stage and surrounded him, in case any
"festive dancing" decided to partake in
the crowd. We took it as our charge to keep an eye
on the small fry and keep him out of harms way so he could
enjoy the show, and his father seemed appreciative. The
show began. Chris came out ready to rok and they started playeding
some tune we hadn't heard before. I guess you could call it
"Cool Time", a sort of newer "Ladies & Gentlemen",
but with Chris making up the lyrics about the
current venue, and all the stuff at the Festival
(funnel cake and turkey legs). Despite it's slow start, it
became a good roker to beging with, then they kicked into "Kick
Out the Jams". The show pretty much took the same
setlist as the early shows, which roked. Some newer
tunes were "Jilted On The Tarmac" (Chris
& Tad, with Jason singing Tad's verse) "Some Postman"
(which totally roked despite Chris saying he fucked up the
words) and they brought out the Angry Chef for the
guitar noodles in Naked & Famous. I don't know
who this guy really was, but he looked ike Neil Young on speed. But man,
can he wail. Too cool.
The show ended far too soon, but an encore was eminent. The guys
came back out and roked "Problems" (a Sex Pistols
cover) as well as "Highway Forever"
(totally new tune, it seemed) with the Angry Chef
returning and Dave and he having some sort of Guitar Battle with Chris
stomping around the stage like some demented bald Godzilla. I can't
wait to see this on the vid.
The show ended. Greg was a hero for the whole evening for keeping
the crowd surfers off the girls, except for a few who had
decided to use Jenn's head as a landing pad. Logan
skipped out after the first 4 songs which was just
as well since he prolly would have gotten crushed
anyway, despite our best efforts. I had a huge headache since
i was standing RIGHT in front and i hadn't eaten anything since noon.
The evening still wasn't over, however, as we learned earlier that
the band was going to hang with whoever wanted at some ritzy bar called
THE METRO just up the street. Sara and Jenn had to leave since
Jenn was about to pass out from a near concusion (i hope she's ok)
so it was just the few of us remaining.
We get to the club and BOY is it hoity toity. $20 a plate, and that's
without any FOOD on it. We decide to head up the street for gub,
as the band won't be there for another 45 minutes anyway. We eat
at the CORNED BEEF, named since...uh, since they serve corned beef,
i guess. Salty corned beef too. Anyway, now fed, we trek back to
the club. We head upstairs to where the guys are and see Chris tearing
up the dancefloor like a madman. A full rok show and he's still
pumped as ever. There's a bachelor party at the next tabel, and
Chris is interacting with them like he's known them for years.And somehow,
he doesn't seem like he fits in with them totally (mainly
b.c they're all HUGE black guys who look like football players)
but he still slides up to them without a care in the world, making
them laugh and get down with their bad selves. We chill with the
guys for a bot, Jaq is mistaken for Chris no fewer than 5 times in
the entire evening, and we finally have to get back on the road.
Before we leave, we say goodbye to Jason, Dave & Chris. Then, the
coolest thing happend. At the last
moment, Chris puts his arm around Jaq and I and says "I'm glad
i have you two here in person to say this to. It's because of you
guys that we still do this. I just want to thank you."
Wow. To say Chris and the guys are appreciative of their fans is an
understatement. I was so psyched then. All i could do was
grin back and say "thanks". Despite my
pounding headache, it was the coolest moment of the
Thanks to all who made the trip fun, and we'll deffinately have to do
it all again, assuming they head this way soon ( i wish i
could make it to the show on Sat, but alas). Now, to
copy some, my shout outs...
Jaq - Great to finally meet you after all these years. I don't think
that without you we would have gotten as far with meeting
the guys as we did. Thanks for ZF and driving the
leg back to Bethesda.
Greg - You're an Ace dude. A total roker who watches out for the
ladies. You seriously need to rent yourself out as crowd
control for shows, you could make some serious coin
(as well as picking up a few numbers)
Sara - Thanks for putting up with my mindless cornball jokes. Glad I
kept you, Jenn & Greg entertained before the real stuff
happened. Hope Jenn's ok and your trip was safe.
Jay & Colin - We'll trade shows soon. Cool to finally put a face to
the name on the list, as well as meeting the coolest mini
roker there is. You're trained your son well, Jay.
Now get him to more shows so he can get Chris' moves
down and all will be well.
Whew. Long e-mails from me are few and far between. Time to do something
else for a while and not post for a few months.
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Awesome show! Don't miss PUSA if you get the chance. If you are a fan
you won't be sorry, no matter what else you miss. We were
lucky enough to see them in Charlotte(in the rain)
& Roanoke. I love it!
John Q., sorry we missed hooking up w/you & the gang. We didn't
arrive till about 7:30. So we didn't get any stickers. Can
I still get some? We did talk to the guys after the
show & got autographs & pictures. Too
cool!!! I am mad that I didn't find out about the after show
party at the bar, though. We just went back to the hotel, instead
of driving 4 hours home. But at least we did make the show & hopefully
got some really good pix. I am slso interested in the video.
My computer is a piece of junk, so I can't really down load anything.
It can bearly handle this group stuff. So please keep us up to
date. Let us know how to get our hands on these stickers, audio &
video cd's, tapes etc.
Rock on little froggies!!!!!
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