July 06, 2004

Semisonic Goes to the Pages

Another of my favorite bands, Semisonic, is back in the news. At least in the sidelines. The drummer, Jacob Slichter, keeps a road journal on the web site that is always funny and insightful. Now, he's published a book called (inhale) "So You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star : How I Machine-Gunned a Roomful Of Record Executives and Other True Tales from a Drummer's Life". (gasp)

Some Highlights from the CNN Interview with Jacob:

PHILLIPS: Now I want to get a little personal. As you look back, the best moment for you when you guys were just huge?

SLICHTER: We played at RFK Stadium in front of 40,000 people when "Closing Time" had just hit No. 1, and I'll never forget the experience of being on stage and just feeling a tidal wave of energy from the fans hitting the stage and it literally, you know, made my skin tingle and shiver and I almost fell off the drums. It was so -- such a big feeling. Another time we played in Mexico City and, you know, the 10,000 fans there would flick their lighters in time with the music. All of that stuff is even better than you would imagine it would be.

PHILLIPS: How about the worst moment?

SLICHTER: We played a show in Las Vegas for the Billboard Awards in front of 15,000 people at the MGM Grand, and it was a star-studded audience that had such legends as Stevie Wonder and James Taylor and Carole King and Lauryn Hill, and all the stars of today and yesterday. Halfway through "Closing Time" they cut the power to the stage. The lights came on and a voice said, you know, "Thank you for coming to the Billboard Awards. Have a good night." And everybody filed out as we stood on stage with our guitars and drums looking like idiots.

PHILLIPS: Fame, what you pay for fame.

SLICHTER: Absolutely.

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