Silver Supporting Member
Scripts change. That bit wouldn’t have made any sense when he was young.Oh, I don't think so. Whether or not she was a waitress, who knows? But that she went off script, if there was one? Yeah. I've seen Sammy's shtick enough times to know what to expect. A twenty-year old poking fun at his grandpa status wasn't the norm. Generally, there wasn't much interaction at all other than Sam yelling "waitress!" and a girl strutting across stage to bring him a drink. Sammy is/was a pretty vain guy.
Scripts change. That bit wouldn’t have made any sense when he was young.
Were the venue’s other employees also wearing bikinis? Odds are, she worked for SH, and wouldn’t have insulted her boss if it weren’t a pre-planned bit. Unless Sammy screams “waitress” at the actual wait staff, which would make him a jackass. But you already said it was a schtick, so that probably wasn’t the case.
Why would it be necessary to rehearse one line “hundreds of times?” Were those pretzels making her thirsty? Whether she travelled with the band or was hired by the promoter, she was part of the show. Why else would he have asked a random server if she was a fan? What are the odds she would be? Self-deprecating humor is a thing.Your skepticism at a whimsical story is obviously well-placed. Upon further reflection, I’m sure she was paid to travel with the crew to every stop on the tour. No way would an unskilled, dime-a-dozen bikini girl be written into a contract rider for a venue to provide. And it’s even more likely that they had practiced that particular interaction dozens, if not hundreds, of times to make it appear like an off-the-cuff insult to the star of the show.
What other possible explanation could there be?
I‘m also sure that Sam’s voice being off that night was part of the show, along with it being a particularly short set once he really started to struggle. None of these things happen randomly.
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I was reminded recently of an Alice In Chains show I saw in the early 90s.
I was working for a local Peaches record store in Tampa and got tickets to almost every show coming through town but this one was a standout.
AIC at Jannus Landing's outdoor stage in downtown St Petersburg, Florida, 1992 with Screaming Trees opening
Halfway through AIC's set the power goes out and the entire park/stage goes dark. Silent.
After a few minutes it was clear the power wasn't coming back right away so Staley and Cantrell come out with an acoustic guitar and invite everyone to crowd as close to the stage as possible.
They serenaded us for three songs with no PA until they could go full roar again. Staley's voice was magic even with no mic to help him project!
Brings back memories. I left St. Pete for Austin in '99 and never turned back. Saw many a great show at Jannus Landing-- Porno For Pyros, Johnny Winter, NWA, etc