April 17, 2003: Los Angeles, CA (Universal Amphitheatre ). Universal City is a land of make-believe, known for its theme park rides, "attractions," outdoor mall/main street "Citywalk," and of course, the actual movie studios. However, nestled high on the Universal hill between Hollywood and Burbank is The Universal Ampitheater, where decidedly REAL rock & roll takes place on occasion. Such was the case tonight. We drove up to the guard hut that blocks the average Joe from cruising around the backlots and lo and behold, they knew we were coming and waved us in. In the past I'd experienced some rather difficult backstage staff, so we were pleasantly suprised to be surrounded by smiling, helpful Ampitheater crewmembers for much of the night. Can't beat that. Anyway, this was the last of our five shows opening for the Foo Fighters, which was sad, as we were just getting into a groove. Perhaps the Foo world will welcome the SG back again.
Anyway, this was a BIG hometown show, not only for The Special Goodness but for the Foos too. Thank goodness that this was the fifth show as opposed to the first. The pressure can really get to bands when all eyes are watching, and the day has been spent juggling industry, family, friends, and the random trouble that can crop up. We had our share of little incidents and such, but overall the mood was as positive as ever. But showtime was a toughie for the guys, each of whom later reported having trouble "gelling" tonight. Well, it happens - especially in L.A.! The crowd was nice, though thinner than the four previous shows as L.A. peeps tend to show up late. Post show, the craziness began - as often happens backstage at big L.A. gigs, it seemed like half the city had a backstage pass and the schmoozing was thicker than the ranch dressing at catering. What was Daryl Hannah doing there? Kelly Osbourne? Slash?!? Who can say? Meanwhile, Atom was out at the van when three surly giant dudes yelled at him to get them backstage. He correctly told them about the new hobby of kite-flying. After Atom returned backstage, the three Ass-keteers bumrushed the backstage security gate! Soon they had found Atom and moved in for the attack! A short scuffle later, an army of security dudes forced the nasty meatheads into a side room and locked them in for the police to deal with! You never know what to expect at a huge L.A. show... Anyway, HUGE props to the Foo Fighters and their crew for being SO nice and cool to the SG! This was a fantastic lil' tour!
Source: The Special Goodness