Jemfest 2001 Memories… In order as they impressed me…
1)Shane, Bill H. and Bill Peck ripping out the entire Vai song library in the room on Wednesday night.
2)10-plus guitar cases on the floor in Kevan’s room.
3)The batteries (Radio Shack) in Gabe’s Pignose lasting through a third Jemfest and still going.
4)The view of the pool from room 640.
5)Meeting Rob Balducci at the front desk.
6)The arrival of Rich. The beard stubble, road worn eyes and leather jacket with no shirt are forever burned in my memory.
7)The guitars. Never seen anything like it in one place at one time.
The fire at the restaurant and the photos with the fire truck.
9)The antics of the guys from Frankenshred in the “room jams’.
10)The terrible odor in Kevan’s new Durango during road trips.
12)Jeremy’s new songs.
13)The vast talent-vs-age factor of Matt and band.
14)The metal thunder of Arc Of Decent. Didn’t know guitars could sound that heavy.
15)All the drummers… WOW, what talent!
16)Stephanie’s Religion and Frankenshred… Why aren’t they with major labels?
17)Finally! Ricky, live… a very emotional experience for me.
Finally! Rob, live… a big event for me.
19)Eric Sands… WOW! I was floored.
20)J-3… Eric, Rob and Ricky harmonizing like they had rehearsed for a week.
21)That bottle of Jack Brian brought on Thursday night. It saw the lips of at least15 people and still lasted until Saturday morning.
22)My first public performance in over 8 years… with Eric’s band nonetheless! I was so nervous that I blew almost every lick, but they held it together.
23)Being able to sneak out Sunday morning without having to say goodbye to anyone. I didn’t want to weep in front of my piers.
24)The intense emotion of UPS’s loss of my MC. I want to seriously hurt someone.
Am sure there are many more memories I could mention, but I’ll leave a few for the others.