In this Crazy Tour Stories segment, the alternative rock duo, Dear Rouge, shares one of their stories from being on the road. You can check out the story, after the break.
The last night of our PHASES tour was wild. We had just played a sold-out Capital Ballroom in Victoria BC and it was electrifying. Our drummer Brenon Parry dressed up in a banana costume to prank the opening band. I decided to crowd surf off of the highest speaker in the venue. The crowd was having a blast and so amazing. Needless to say, it was a big night and we were stoked. The tour was a success all around.
On this particular tour, we were letting off a firework after every show as a ritual. The kind you buy from the gas stations around Halloween. For the last show, we bought a Roman candle for each of us and saved the biggest firework, named Medusa, for last. The plan was to go to a pretty open space in town, and have a Roman candle war, and let off Medusa. Well.. we ended up pretty close to downtown Victoria. Not sure why we thought that was a good spot?
Lighting all the Roman candles, we chased each other around pointing flaming balls of fire at each other. One landed on the fur of my coat, singeing a hole in it. I screamed and ran for cover. The whole street was filled with smoke. I was laughing so hard, I couldn’t breathe. I watched as a man walking his white teacup poodle stood in shock, and of course, the walk became a run. It was chaos.
The cops even came to check out the scene. At that point our lighting guy Mark was standing on top of the opening band’s van, mooning us. As the cops drove up, we all froze, except Mark. He was franticly pulling his pants up. Rolling their window down to question us, we turned away from Mark. Can’t laugh when the cops roll around. We ended up telling them we were in a band, and they asked “Which one?”. We blurted out “Dear Rouge”! The cops looked at each other then at us and said “We know you guys! Love your music!” That eased us right away. We ended up getting a picture with them! It was an incredible night and one I’ll laugh about for the rest of my life.