11 December 1997
Seattle pre-show - PopMart Crew Awards.
Seattle pre-show - PopMart Crew Awards. A hearty drinking night of hilarity as end of year awards are handed out.
Seattle load-in day, after which we held a "Rigger's Arms" party, in order to host the 1997 PopMart Crew Awards ceremony. It is something of a tradition on long rock tours to honour those amongst us for their triumphs, failures, lapses of good judgment and lapses of consciousness. We held the event in a local pool hall, which turned out to be a great idea. After an hour or two's socialising (i.e. heavy drinking) we had reached a suitable frame of mind for the event. A couple of weeks ago, ballot forms with nominations were issued to all tour personnel, outlining all the award categories and requesting nominations and votes. The results were announced and presented with trophies made by Monica Caston our video director. Sam O'Sullivan, Larry's drum-tech arrived with a snare and cymbal so with Pete the Greek on CD samples they made up the orchestra. Oh how we laughed. Opening envelopes, nominations, 'and the winner is...' for "Excess Baggage of the Year" (wardrobe dept.), "Rookie of the Year" (Mona from the catering dept.), "Fashion Statement of the Year (sound tech, Jo Ravitch in a Heidi wig), "Party Animal of the Year" (a backline and wardrobe departments tie) and climaxing with the highly coveted "Biggest Fuck Up of the Year" (the Lemon not opening in Oslo).