An Evening With
We have played Arkansas several times this year. That means two things: 1) we have been able to enjoy the goodness that is Hogapalooza Barbecue and 2) I have had multiple opportunities to practice Calling the Hogs.
Today's show happened in Russellville at their beautiful new theatre, the Center for the Arts. We have played a wide variety of venues this fall, from small churches to big arenas to everything in between. Being in a cool theatre today felt really good.
Today's activities consisted of a lot of football watching. A lot of crazy action, particularly in the SEC. But both Mac's and my teams won today, so we were in good spirits headed into tonight's show. A couple of the other guys found a really cool Asian restaurant. While I'm sure it was great, I wanted to save all my eating for the barbecue feast.
You might remember me raving about Hogapalooza when we played in Jonesboro a few weeks back. Well, those guys drove over to Russellville today and provided some of the best catering we've had all year. In addition to an amazing spin on the staple barbecue ribs, they have managed to perfect barbecue nachos. And I do not think I have ever had better barbecued sausage. If you're ever in Arkansas, you owe it to yourself to give it a try!
The show tonight was one we will not soon forget. The crowd was great - a lot of familiar faces in the audience. And Bizarro Mac even made an appearance. If you've followed Third Day for some time, you know that Bizarro Mac shows up whenever Mac gets really into the show and wants to play longer. He showed up tonight about 2/3 of the way through the set as we were preparing to do some mellow ballads. We ended up taking a few requests instead. We played Consuming Fire, Hit Me Like a Bomb, and Gone. It was loads of fun, and the energy from those songs carried over to the rest of the set. It was a great night.
OK, so I've tried to Call the Hogs before, and never seemed to get it right. Today I was determined. I looked up YouTube videos. I practiced. During the show I led the crowd in a rendition, and pretty much nailed it. Except for one thing. In my haste to introduce the cheer, I accidentally referred to it as Calling the Pigs. It was a small oversight, but totally overshadowed any kind of effort on the actual cheer. Well, Arkansas, all I can say is I hope we come back soon so I can try it again!
Alright, I gotta run. We're in the middle of watching the John Adams miniseries on the bus!