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The mother of all reunion shows

(July 18 2007) Written by: Cynthia Roberts in The Arts

I don't know if any of you are dispatch fans out there
and even if you aren't
you have to respect amazing live shows
and Disptach can put on the MOST amazing live show I have been lucky enough to witness in my almost 20 years of life

The last time Dispatch played as a band was in july of 2004.  They played a free show in Boston for all their fans.  The thing is the event planners were expecting maybe 10-20 thousand fans.  When 110,000 showed up no one really knew what to do. 
My brother got to go to this show while I stayed home stuck working.  You can even catch a glimpse of him in the DVD they made of the event.

Over Christmas break 2005 I went to a benefit show in NYC where all three of the members of Dispatch were playing with their new bands/solo.  I was hoping to catch just one glimpse of them live.  I got that chance when they played one song.  However, this kind of made me hungry for more.

So when I found out Dispatch was planning a reunion show to raise money for the starving people of  Zimbabwe, I had to go.  They orginally planned only one show, but the band (a band who was never signed by a record label) sold out Madison Square Garden (which seats around 20,000 people) in minutes.  So they put up another show which again sold out in minutes.  They put up a third show and that one too sold out.  I was lucky enough to go to two of the three shows (my brother sat front row at the third concert...I'm thinking of disowning him).  It was amazing that's really all I can say about it, I'm still trying to process.  They had an African children choir who came out and sung a lot of songs with them, and they even pushed their old beaten up tour van (from when they first started playing and touring) out into the center of the crowd and played a couple of acoustic songs sitting on top of it.  The best part was each night they did a different set and had different collector edition t-shirts and posters.  And all of the money went to charity. 

Stacy and I drove all night Sunday/Monday morning and get back in time for work (I was a little late).  On the drive back we saw probably the coolest van ever.  You can check it out at cameravan.com  I just actually read the website and discovered that the van (which if you hadn't guessed is covered from head to toe in camera equipment) is rigged to capture pictures of everyone looking at the van.  Maybe in a few weeks you'll see a picture of Stacy and I taking a picture and laughing (it was 5am and we'd had a lot of coffee).

So I eventually made it to work, and went on my first all by myself tour.  I had a great group.  Very fun.  They only let me run into one thing (and claimed it was punishment for not knowing the answer to a question).  But we joked and laughed and enjoyed the day (the rain held off and it was pretty nice out) and the best part was at the end they applauded me!  It was awesome.  Brian was pretty jealous when I told him.

Last night Brian and I started the final touches on my bedroom (painting)  and I finished up tonight.  I'll post pictures sometime soon when I take down all the tape.  It's a pretty exciting room.  It kind of looks like a circus (at least in color theme) but during the day when the sun is shining, it's gorgeous. 

College and careers is this weekend and I'm pretty excited.  It's going to be a lot of work and I'll be pretty tired but I think I'm really going to love it.

I'm still trying to catch up on sleep, so that being said I'm going to head to bed.

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