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Vegas Trip: Recycled Percussion

While in Vegas, we went to see Recycled Percussion 4 times.  I’ve been debating if I wanted to do 4 separate posts or just one big one and decided on one big one.  I get asked a lot if the show is different every night – and while the basic idea of the show is the same, with audience participation you never really know what you’re going to get.  They were also switching out band members through the week which made for even more differences in the show. (And one night we were waiting for pictures and this guy came up and said “Is there like a rotating green member? It was the old guy and now it’s you and the other night it was a black guy…” Made for some laughs and we’re all pretty much cracking up in the picture too from right after that.) One night we did Hanson shirt night and then the next night we ended up getting Justin to mention Hanson while on stage.

For those of you who have never been to a show – while you’re waiting in line there are bins of “junk” and you get to pick what one you want to play during the show.  Each item has a spray painted color on it – green, red, black or blue and that is the “team” you are on for the night.  With going to 4 shows, we were able to be on a different team each night.

Each night there is also an older woman who gets chosen to throw drumsticks to Justin.  One of the nights the lady didn’t want to throw them and instead walked up on stage to hand them to him.  Hilarious.  You never know what you’re getting with audience participation.

There is also a time when about 8 people go on stage for “Training Zoo” and that is always hilarious because sometimes you get some real hams up on stage.  And sometimes you get people dressed as pirates who put their eye patch over their monkey mask…

My favorite part and I don’t know why is when Justin does the funny voices with the mic. I’m not sure what it is – and he basically says the same thing every night, but I will crack up EVERY time.

There is also the van part which I love, that they couldn’t do at the shows in NH.  The show from NH to NV is much different. Matt and Justin had asked me how I liked the Vegas show compared to New Hampshire and I said it was “way better” and they laughed.  There is just so much more they can do with the show in Vegas since they are there every night versus traveling from venue to venue for a week in New Hampshire.

Some photos below… Recycled Percussion… The worst show I’ve seen 7 times 😉

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Recycled Percussion Weekend


Over the weekend Kim and I headed to New Hampshire to check out Recycled Percussion.  Kim loves them and had been out to Vegas 3 times in 2012 to see them. I didn’t know what I was getting myself into but decided to tag along anyway.  We did 3 shows – Claremont on Saturday and 2 in Manchester on Sunday. I think it is fair to say I’m hooked. (Which is a good thing because I committed to 3 shows and if I hated them after the first? We’d have had a problem!)

The only issue was that on Saturday, we were getting 2-6 inches in Connecticut and 1-3 in New Hampshire.  Reports kept changing and we left around 1pm once the show hit at my house.  It took us a couple extra hours to get to Claremont for show #1 because we were driving so slowly so we would make it there in one piece. (And we did. And we made it back. So it’s all good.) There were piles of snow everywhere already because they had a big storm a couple of days previous.  But everything looked so pretty and sparkly. (and slippery.)  The front of Kim’s car actually froze solid – we couldn’t see her license plate at all in the front!

We had front row for all 3 shows.  And while the general set up of the show was the same – since it involves so much audience participation, you never know what you’re going to end up seeing.  Each night as you enter you get a colored sticker.  That represents the “team” you are on for the night.  Either Green – Todd, Black – Matt, Red- Justin or Blue – Ryan.  The first night I was Green and Kim was black.  The second night Kim was Green and I was black.  The 3rd show they asked us what one we wanted and Kim got blue and I got red, but then they gave us the second color too so we each split our cheering for team Blue and Red that show.

The first night they tweeted a teaser setlist and Kim had gotten excited that it said “Grinders”, except for whatever reason they didn’t end up doing it.  They did end up doing that at shows 2 and 3 though.


The first night, I was laughing so hard I was crying at a few points.  It was just so great.  I was worried that after having seen it once I wouldn’t have the same reaction again – but the 3rd show I think I was laughing harder and tearing even more than the first show.  And the second show Ryan ended up right in front of us on the ledge behind the pit and he got Kim in the eye with some silly string.  So every show is different even if the general idea of it is the same. (And yes, you may end up injured)

I’m finding it hard to accurately describe the show – the fact that I am writing this after getting home at 1 am from seeing them last night might have a little bit to do with it.  And I’m also watching their live from Vegas DVD while writing. That probably wasn’t a good idea either.  Their drum sets are made up from non-traditional drum material – buckets and pots and pans and other neat stuff.  They do have cymbals though.  It is amazing that they can put together all that “stuff” and get a great drum sound out of it.

The show is a lot of fun – almost like a concert and a comedy show all in one and I think that if you get the chance to check them out you definitely should.  (They are the only band in the world to have a headlining show in Vegas every night –  I’ll probably have to head out there this year to check it out!)  And all 4 band members are super awesome, we had the chance to chat with all over them over the weekend and they’re great :)


I have to say this video clip was certainly one of the highlights of the show(s)

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