Posted: Jun 14, 2008 6:06 pm
About a year ago I was hanging out behind the Starbucks stage @Bonarroo in the hospitality area. I saw this old guy sucking on a hookah for what seemed like 45 minutes straight. I couldn't believe it--where did he get the pipes?! Not to drop names or anything, but I asked Chan Marshall who it was and she said it was freakin' P.T. Barnum! That old coot was kicking the gong around for what seemed like hours. I sat down and introduced myself and told him how much I had enjoyed his show at Madison Square Garden in October, '74. He proceeded to tell me quite a few amazing stories about the biz and even let me in on the secret of how they get all those vertically challenged people into the funny cars. Inside scoop on the industry--what a night! Only at Bonaroo!
Anyway, as dusk rolled in, John Mayer was getting ready to duel banjos with Trey Anastasio so I had to bolt. I said my thanks & what an honor it had been to meet this legendary circus man and was about to be on my way when he grabbed my forearm, halfway up to my elbow, and stared manically into my eyes and said, "Sherman! The Show Must Go On." I said, "Say what?" He repeated himself even more emphatically, "The Show Must Go On!"
I wasn't sure exactly what he meant at the time, but, a year later, it's all coming clear to me. Fortunately, we have had Fedex as major sponsor of the Memphis Pops for almost 15 years now and that definitely has its perks! All musicians who need to be elsewhere that evening will play their set at the Pops and then take chartered rickshaws directly to Fedex and hop into awaiting jumpseats. They'll be wherever they need to be in time for your full 20 minute set, Jay! Thanks for your concern and tour logistics!
Tickets go on sale Monday!!!!! The show must go on!