The tour kick-started on April 22nd at The Roxy in Hollywood to a sold out, celebrity-glittered show. Bruce and I had filmed her interview on Tavis Smiley at KCET and the band's rehearsal at Mates in North Hollywood the day before. Although KCET wouldn't let Bruce on stage, we were able to capture everything before and after and some footage off the green room monitor.
Hand-held on the Panasonic HVX-200 for most of every day, charged up batteries and the extra P2 cards were a necessity to keep it rolling. There was one day the second battery didn't get fully charged and it threw our entire afternoon ritual off track.
When documenting, it's hard to say when that "moment" might happen, so unfortunately, filming must happen as constantly as humanly possible. As the only cameraman, this was a tremendous task for Bruce. I was just responsible for getting filming clearance and releases signed!
Friday, we met at the band's hotel, loaded up and left town for 5 whirlwind days and nights driving up the west coast. We shot four more gigs in some intimate theatre settings, mostly general admission/standing only: San Francisco, Chico, Portland and Seattle, plus a live radio station interview and performance on KIK-FM in Portland, OR. Although it's a supper club, I have to admit the Triple Door in Seattle has it's act together - they really know how to make a performer shine. And the audiences were so attentive, as most of Ms. Lynne's fans are during her performances.
Truck stops every few hours and sleeping in a different hotel bed each night; that's touring! I could see how cities and days start to blur together.
Eventually my duties included selling merchandise at the venues and handling the guest list/passes. I never realized how much venues take from the CDs and merch that is sold by performers - 20% of sales plus a flat fee for the sales person. If it was a good sales night, the venue can make a lot of extra cash off of the merch table.
We captured some excellent times with the band and some soulful performances. We cannot wait to start editing the material together.
On April 28th we flew back to Burbank just long enough to repack for the red-eye to make our first trip to the Tribeca Film Festival.
Dedicated chocolate-lover and curious traveler