Behind the scenes as a show is about to start
Updated: May 28, 2019
When the soundcheck and VIP Meet and Greet is done, Steven Page and Team have a couple of hours before stage time to get ready for the show. Here’s a PG look at some of the backstage activity happening while you’re grabbing a drink and taking your seat:
Food - We gotta eat! We'll either dine in-house at the venue or at a recommended restaurant. Kevin will say "I think I'll have a Coke" at some point. I will mispronounce something from the menu - and by ‘mispronounce’, I mean speak in my normal, kinda-Bristolian voice and find that it's somehow funny to everyone else (the latest is “risotto”).
You might've noticed how dapper the Steven Page Trio are when they grace the stage. This is no accident.
Hours upon hours of extensive hair and make-up routines are factored into the pre-show schedule. Need something steamed? Craig's your guy. Need someone to walk into the dressing room as you're bollock-naked? Every single venue will oblige.
Laundry is also important. My attitude for too long on this tour has been "I'll be fine for a while yet". This is what happens when you're that blasé. Cool sink though.
Get to know the venue - We've been lucky to play some fantastic rooms on this tour; the last couple of nights have been spent in Calgary at the National Music Centre, where we were lucky enough to get a full tour of the amazing facilities (and a sneak peek at the new Geddy Lee exhibit!)
I'm always intrigued by other acts who are postered over the walls having played the venue - lots of bands who are huge in Britain come over and play these more intimate shows. In Calgary I saw that Frank Turner had scribbled on the wall for a gig he did with Arkells - now there's a great line-up.
Craig tagged the Highgate dressing room. We should put this on a t-shirt.
Sometimes there's media / a film crew at the venue. Look out for some excellent behind-the-scenes footage from Belleville coming your way soon...
We'll also scope out the corridors and stage doors of the venue to figure out where's best to enter and exit the stage. Sometimes it's walking through the crowd or via a bar, which can make for an entertainingly awkward encore.
Setlist - the setlist is collaboratively written and printed. It’s an interesting process to see this put together - usually the previous night’s set is a good template to work from, but the following factors can influence decisions on songs:
What worked really well in the last few nights?