Last Thursday marked the premier of The Who’s Tommy in Chico, CA. Staged in the 100-seat Blue Room Theatre (which back in its day provided space for rock concerts including The Dismemberment Plan, Karate and The Makeup and other 90s independent rock luminaries) the production had a decent opening weekend — as a member of the production, I qualify “decent” as not falling flat on our faces…actually, it was pretty good. Sure, some of the older folks in the audience complained that the music was too loud (despite the free earplugs from Bartlett Hearing Aid Center), but overall the audience was stoked. Me, I was just glad to take a few days off to let my hands heal. When you do this at full speed for two weeks straight:
…your hands begin to look like this:
When hit with the Townshend windmill, guitar strings can have a cheese-grater-like effect. Less gruesome photos (by Wayne Pease) after the jump.