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Yoda/Radio Radio

Postby haroldwaide » Thu Jul 17, 2014 3:44 am

At one point (2012 to be more exact) there was a technical glitch during the Yoda chant and, as usual, Al stopped and introduced Radio Radio. After that, Yoda started back up again, picking up right after the chant would have ended and continuing through the end of the song. How did everyone know where to restart the song? I have a couple of theories (Al let everyone know, someone spoke into everyone's earpiece, etc...) but I'd love to hear the real answer. Thanks, Jon!

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Re: Yoda/Radio Radio

Postby minnick27 » Thu Jul 17, 2014 11:43 am

Theres video of this out there. I told Al it was the best Yoda chant to date
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Re: Yoda/Radio Radio

Postby haroldwaide » Thu Jul 17, 2014 5:17 pm

I'e seen the video I didn't mention it because it was a bootleg and I didn't think mentioning it to Jon would be real kosher lol. I agree it was the best Yoda chant to date. Maybe for this tour Al and the band can stop and break into another song every time. That'd definitely be a nice addition. (Still want to know how they knew where to restart though...
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Re: Yoda/Radio Radio

Postby OneWAY » Thu Jul 17, 2014 5:28 pm

After the Yoda chant, they just sing the chorus a few more times before playing off the ending. Skipping the chant, all they had to do was break back into the beginning of the end chorus.
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Re: Yoda/Radio Radio

Postby minnick27 » Thu Jul 17, 2014 6:08 pm

Al ran around to all of the guys doing a keep it going motion with his hands, thats how they knew to play it, and as far as the cue, Bermuda was able to do that part with his drum
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Re: Yoda/Radio Radio

Postby MinnieWeirdo2714 » Sun Jul 27, 2014 12:22 pm

Costello is their "go to song" for technical difficulties. In general, the cue lies on Al or Bermuda. Pre show, 501 legion rehearses standing positions on stage with stage tech. While backstage, mid show, they rehearse the actual movements. I imagine a band discussions occurs every night for every show for Al and the band as far as the set list and trouble shootings. The 501 legion posts these videos on their youtube. You can also search youtube "Weird Al radio radio." He also talked about it on the acoustic sessions audio interview earlier this year. That, is also on youtube. I'll post the link later.
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Re: Yoda/Radio Radio

Postby bermuda » Sun Jul 27, 2014 5:42 pm

I remember that, it was in York, PA, October 16! (j/k, I had to look that up.)

I do have a note in my performance database about bailing from the chant, but I really don't recall it. I can only imagine that it fell apart so badly, there was no other option. That's the reason for the song, and the show has to crash hard before we actually play it

However, there was one time Al just wanted to do the song, and let us know beforehand that he'd be stopping Trash Day, and we'd go into Radio Radio. that may sound a bit risky to deliberately play for no reason, but we had other fail-safe songs in case of an emergency. :)

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Re: Yoda/Radio Radio

Postby Muppetboy09 » Sun Jul 27, 2014 7:11 pm

bermuda wrote:I can only imagine that it fell apart so badly, there was no other option.

There is a video on YouTube (if you wish to re-live the experience), and it was pretty hilarious that you decided to do a rimshot after Al tried to get it going again with the line "Weeeellll Doggies!" That little note about Trash Day is VERY interesting! Thanks for the note!
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Re: Yoda/Radio Radio

Postby minnick27 » Sun Jul 27, 2014 7:16 pm

Al told me after the show that something happened with the ear pieces, a missed signal or something
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Re: Yoda/Radio Radio

Postby Muppetboy09 » Sun Jul 27, 2014 7:18 pm

minnick27 wrote:Al told me after the show that something happened with the ear pieces, a missed signal or something

Seemed like they just started too fast, but I believe Al :D
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