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[Vienna_Teaser: Trent_is_Tubular]

Yeah, yeah; we're a bunch of procrastinating bastards (and by we, I mean me), but sometimes real life drama calls. And other times there are huge political arguements that you just don't want to disrupt because somebody's decided they want to "stand for something" all of a sudden (here's something to try -- stand for updating my 'about' page, douchebag). But the dust has settled, and some WTC European Vacation retrospection is being worked on once again -- as a token of good faith, this bit of teaser clip will let you know what's coming next.

Now if you've read any of my other concert reviews you know I'm always entertained by at least one roadie and the shows we saw back on March 29th and 30th in Vienna, Austria were no exception. As we all know, before every show there's a batallion of slovenly men that set up the equipment for the band before they play. This is nothing new, we've seen it all before. But this time around, they seemed to have a rather strange system in place for setting up the light and mic placement for one particular angry midget...

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I did enjoy Cardboard Trent, even from where I was standing in the back. Also, at some point, the eight-foot-tall roadie hunched down in front of the microphone to be at "Trent height."

Posted by: maise | Apr 23, 2007 11:19:47 AM

Personally, I was sort of disappointed that they took this much caution.

The second night was a great show -- it would have been LEGENDARY if the hanging light had swung back around and hit the Pastor in the fucking FACE.

Posted by: Gabriel | Apr 23, 2007 12:04:52 PM

I remember that his swinging light turned on last, and I was wondering if it was going to turn on at all and if this was to be the source of a meltdown. But alas...all was well. I wouldn't have minded a brief meltdown.

Posted by: maise | Apr 23, 2007 12:27:15 PM

Or maybe I'm thinking of the first show? I can't remember.

Posted by: maise | Apr 23, 2007 12:28:09 PM

THANK YOU, Iris.. for bringing us all back to earth. Or rather, to about 5"6' above the surface of earth. However I fear something horrible may have happened to Cardboard Trent after the Vienna show. There was no sign of him in Scandinavia. Random roadies who clicked their fists together in camaraderie? Oh, Yes. But no Cardboard Trent. Incidentally, if you have any fist-clicking footage, bring it on!

Posted by: flyrabbit | Apr 23, 2007 12:43:37 PM

Interesting footage...I wonder:

Is there significance to the red stripes? What was the original function of this tube, or is this the only functions it's ever had?
What did they do before they had "the tube"?
Is there a tube minder?

Posted by: JR | Apr 23, 2007 12:50:18 PM

Oh, now that flyrabbit has posted, I'm wondering what happened to the tube? Was this a one time thing? Did you guys notice it at the other show?

Posted by: JR | Apr 23, 2007 12:52:06 PM

Maybe the tube isn't meant to be Trent! Maybe it's meant to be his Kool Aid Man stirring spoon of justice!

Posted by: Hannah | Apr 23, 2007 1:04:25 PM

Well, I think the tube had several different functions that we can look at if we break it down.

Clearly, the nose and eyes were used to judge the lighting rig set up.

The pink stripe to indicate the actual height of the Pastor (also for lighting, and likely for Hangy Lamp Cord length).

The height of the tube itself was likely irrelevant.... OR perhaps one end of the tube was CAREFULLY CIRCUMCISED to indicate the EXACT AMOUNT OF HEAD CLEARANCE that the Pastor was comfortable with for the swinging lamp.

Oh, and JR, the tube was seen in both Vienna shows. Previously it had been a part of the tour as Aaron's "fun-time sleeve" before shows when he needed to relax, but when duty called, he parted with his precious.

I think the fact was on there from when Aaron was using it.

Posted by: Gabriel | Apr 23, 2007 1:18:29 PM

Aaron's fun-time sleeve? That's giving him a lot of credit, no?

Posted by: maise | Apr 23, 2007 1:21:13 PM

There's a reason he doesn't wear a navy blue bandana in his left pocket.

Posted by: Gabriel | Apr 23, 2007 1:27:44 PM

You know what would be AWESOME? If he and Trent were into "ponyism." That's a rust-colored bandana, for those into The Code.

Posted by: maise | Apr 23, 2007 1:32:21 PM

I've always found The Code a little too constricting and limited. Still, it's useful, I guess.

And the thought of Trent being into pony play makes my head hurt.

Posted by: emerald527 | Apr 23, 2007 2:00:28 PM

I agree that it's a horrendous visual, but I really enjoy the idea of Trent dressing up as a cowboy.

Posted by: maise | Apr 23, 2007 2:15:33 PM

Trent should wear the red one and Aaron should wear Fuchsia.

I'd preffer Trent to wear lavender and Apricot though and occasionaly Grey.

He seems more into Kahki though. (He's wearing a lot of military-esque clothes. But that probably has to do with the AIR YZ theme...or does it?)

Posted by: | Apr 23, 2007 2:31:53 PM


I promise to not get all political again but I thought you'd love this: Guess what book was #1 on Propagandhi's suggested fiction section?


Back to you colored handkerchief conversation... a thrilling one at that.

Posted by: Angelman | Apr 23, 2007 3:00:14 PM

What color was your handkerchief Angelman? It was White and Black wasn't it? So that makes you into?...


Posted by: Tessah | Apr 23, 2007 3:20:40 PM

I was going for "outlaw"...

Posted by: Angelman | Apr 23, 2007 4:09:11 PM

I'd prefer Trent wear the Gray Flannel. But, I guess we could settle for khaki. I miss the good old days...

Posted by: Hannah | Apr 23, 2007 4:52:38 PM

Jesus christ you fuckers -- I leave you alone for two seconds and you pervert the SUBLIME BEAUTY of my visual of Aaron North fucking a cardboard tube into some bizarre conversation about color schemes and petting zoo attractions.

You people need some serious fucking help.

Posted by: Gabriel | Apr 23, 2007 5:21:37 PM

Gabriel, I think if you were trying to make a cardboard fuckdoll visual it would have been more believable if Mr. I-fucked-a-latex-pussy-in-a-can (aka Rob Sheridan) had been the one banging it. I'm just saying.

But I am curious as to where the cardboard tube came from. I want to know did they go for fully authentic and use one of the same tubes that the Spiral care packages/posters come in or was this just some random shipping tube that happened to be perfectly Trent-sized? I'm not sure that we'll find out, folks. But...if any NIN roadies happen to be lurking, we'd love for you to enlighten us!

"Random roadies who clicked their fists together in camaraderie"

flyrabbit, if I had any idea of what the hell that meant I would take a peek at what I got on video but sorry, I'm lost.

Posted by: Iris | Apr 23, 2007 11:09:37 PM

The 'fist-clicking' was a greeting, like a gentle punch in the arm or something. At the shows in Copenhagen & Stockholm, I noticed that all of the stage help greeted one another by quickly knocking the flat fronts of their clenched fists together. They also seemed to signal approval ~or completion of a stage task~ with this gesture. It was endearing.

Posted by: flyrabbit | Apr 24, 2007 6:18:45 AM

Like that germaphobe Howie Mandel. He says jump and the cool kids say "How high?"

Posted by: JR | Apr 24, 2007 6:50:56 AM

JR, I think that was the most random comment I've ever read on this site. And that's saying something.

Posted by: maise | Apr 24, 2007 7:43:54 AM

That's flattering of you to say, Maise, but I was expounding on flyrabbit's comment for Iris' edification.

God, doesn't anyone arond here watch Deal or No Deal?

Posted by: JR | Apr 24, 2007 8:00:06 AM

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