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Offline Sterling

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« on: March 23, 2008, 09:29:42 AM »
Monday, Bobby Brennens St Pats day gig in Indy, and Im told we "might" be outside in a tent but with heavy duty heaters,
the forcast is for rain and temps just above freezing!!
 I show up hoping we'll be inside but theres the tent with
PA set up and the heaters going full blast,its about 45 degrees in the tent. I hate playing in the cold!!
 Started playing at 7pm and had to finish by 11,because
of a noise ordainance,about 9-930 the skies let loose
about 2 inches of rain and the concrete floor in the tent has
streams of water running under all PA,guitar and bass eqiupment
and Im just waiting for the "Magic smoke"to appear to end the show.
Everyone playing was straddling there own stream of water!!
We finished the show with no casualities except my Fender
cloth bass case which was on the floor behind all my gear,
I had forgotten about it.
 On load out I was counting myself lucky when an unnamed
member of the celebration backs up into my 2x210's stacked
with my WT800 on top and the whole rig comes crashing down!!
 I really thought I was going to have to replace the 800
for sure,the cabs both had covers and were undamaged,
I couldnt check the amp until the next day but to my
amazement she fired right up with no issues and the only
thing I noticed is a scratch on the SBK case!!
Eden stuff is rock solid!!


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« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2008, 11:48:19 AM »
Thats pretty tough

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« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2008, 10:36:24 PM »
Glad to hear that everything is ok!!!

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« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2009, 09:35:23 PM »
I live in a climate that changes every few hours. All the summertime gigs are plagued with thunderstorms. We ALWAYS pack tarps!
It's such a PAIN!! But I have to say, as often as we've been rained upon, I get the tarps up and my Eden amps have never let me down.
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Offline zambiland

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« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2011, 12:30:04 AM »
Here's 90 seconds of a 90 minute ordeal. It was a serious disaster. We had changed into shorts right before the gig and the storm hit 2 minutes after we were scheduled to start. We had a window in which to get everything put back in the trailer and drive overnight from Maryland to Illinois for the festival the next day. Each rack disgorged from a couple tablespoons to a quart of water. The only casualty was a Mesa/Boogie amp.

We were very lucky no lives were lost in the storm, as trees were hit and split by lightning over festivarians. Campgrounds were turned into rivers in a matter of minutes and winds peaked at 70mph with hail. For 90 minutes. Which was coincidentally the length of our set.

I've experienced other severe weather incidents at outdoor gigs, including the convergence of a hurricane and a Pacific Northwest storm that collided over La Crosse Wisconsin and resulted in a long crazy night for me that resembled a Coen Bros movie, involving an escape over mountain roads only to be stymied by a mudslide ahead of us and one behind that trapped us in, an escape from that car to a house populated by crazy people, including a 6'4" drunk named Butcher who was threatening everyone and cursing a blue streak, much to the consternation of the mom who was stranded there with her 12 year old daughter. To top it off, I had had gallbladder surgery at the beginning of the tour 3 weeks before and still had very active wounds that were healing. 4 people died in mudslides and washouts within a mile of where I ended up. The whole area was torn up but good. That's about 10% of what happened that night.

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