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The Rock-itt : September 2011
Operator Please did it, Amy Meredith did it, Stone Parade did it, and now Feeding Edgar have done it. On the 18th July, the four chaps from our very own northern beaches hit the road for the 3rd leg of the ‘Logitech Rock the Schools’ tour. Feeding Edgar rocked out with over 5000 kids, at 30 schools, in 6 weeks. That’s a new school every day. Their leg of the tour started in Sydney and went to Lithgow, Bathurst, Orange, Coonabarabran, Tamworth, Armidale, Glen Innes, Lismore, Gold Coast, Clontarf, Caboolture, Gympie, Maryborough, Bundaberg, Rockhampton, Yeppoon, Gladstone, Harvey Bay, Nambour, Noosa, Bokarina, Dakabin, Helensvale, and then Brisbane. The tour aims to bridge the gap between the music industry and teenagers, providing an access all areas view to the industry, while exciting and inspiring the next generation of music professionals at a grass-roots level. As part of this free initiative the Australian Institute of Music facilitates two and a half hours of workshops plus they transform the school hall into a live rock show for the whole school. The tour was an incredible launching pad for Feeding Edgar’s debut single ‘In Her Eyes’. The track has been spinning nationally on commercial radio, and their video clip has been attracting loads of hits on YouTube plus screen tim e on Rage and Landed TV. Along with the local media and TV/Radio interviews, the band has been making some noise ‘round town. Mickey, the band’s Bass player, described an average day on the tour like this: Receive text message from tour manager advising departure time for the morning. Sleep, wake up, shower, eat muesli, drink instant coffee, and argue about always being late. Jump in tour van, check itinerary to discover the school we are playing, program the incompetent Navman, drive to school, and then circle the block for ten minutes until we find the crew truck and school hall entrance. Greet crew and students who arrived an hour earlier to set up stage, sound and lighting. Load out guitars from van, locate amps and drums, set up gear and then sound check. Drink instant coffee, talk to students, eat croissants, and warm up vocal chords. Lunch time, show tim e, hide back stage, whole school enters, crowd gets warm ed up with a Just Dance competition and loads of free stuff. Rock out for 30 minutes, blow Bundaberg Catholic College Dubbo College St Clare’s College