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.
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.