KC: You can say you knew about it, but you weren't there?
Well, yeah. I can say I saw it, but not the show itself.
KC: What the hell? Say you were there!
I'll interview someone who was there, pretend I'm them, and use that in the story. Anyway, I understand you're doing the Tsongas and the Paradise back-to-back after the St. Patrick's Day shows?
AB: Yeah, it's all kind of the St. Patrick's Day week. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday at the House of Blues, Saturday at the Tsongas, and Sunday at the Paradise.
KC: It's kind of going from one extreme to the other. It's nice to do different stuff. The Paradise show is a benefit for the Claddagh Fund. We wanted to do something a little more intimate.
AB: It gets very Groundhog Day-ish for the band when we're playing the same venue every day. Not that we're complaining, but when you get into the third day at the House of Blues, or what used to be Avalon, it's just weird. I know, for me, I start to go, 'Shit, did we play this song already?' And we had played that song already, it was just the night before. If we do a double show day, I'll literally get ready to sing the second verse of a song, and as I'm singing it I'll go, 'Holy shit, I've sung this already,' and I have sung it already, just earlier that day.
KC: For me, with going to see a band, a lot of it has to do with the experience of different places. At one point, I think it would have been going on 21 shows in a row at the House of Blues, and we love the House of Blues, but I think this breaks things up a little and makes it different for everybody. There are a lot of people who feel like the House of Blues is too big and they'd kill to go to the Paradise show. Then you have a lot of people who maybe want to bring young kids or their grandparents, and don't want to go to a rock club, and the Tsongas is awesome. There are so many kids on the floor, last time we did the Tsongas, you didn't feel like you were playing an arena. You felt like you were playing a show with a lot of energy. But then you have seats for people who want to sit, or just have a better view. So it's kind of the best of both worlds.
One of the most terrifying things I've ever seen – I was out on the sidewalk in front of Avalon during one of your St. Patrick's shows. they kicked out this one girl (who was probably underage and looked like she weighed 100 lbs.), she kept trying to get back in, and the situation escalated until she was fighting pretty much the entire Avalon staff, including the owner. It was amazing.