toymaker, on 24 July 2015 - 02:11 PM, said:
Neil is a hard dude to read based on facial expression. When I watch him perform, he looks a little glum and scowly to me, but I'm sure that's his focus, not anything like a "resting bitch face" or whatever. In photos he looks pleasant enough - not all-out grinning, but not scowling, either.
In the past, his "scowling" onstage persona often carried through backstage, except
, around certain people. While I think the onstage face was a combination of concentration, determination, and perfectionism, the identical scowl took on a more self-defense feel backstage. His thinking is that if he looks miserable, people will be less likely to approach him. And, that's the way he wants it. It's a sound strategy that really works!
I was watching him play What You're Doing on youtube recently, and I found it impossible to fathom what might be going on there. He's not blasting fills into it every 5 seconds like he might have done in the old days - not over-playing it, I guess. But is he thinking "one more tune after this one? One more tune after this one?" and "six more shows after this one?" Then I gave myself a shake and said, "what the hell are you doing trying to speculate about a perfect stranger? Get back to work!|"
YES, that's exactly
what he's thinking. Especially on this tour. He literally counts down shows and the closer to the end they get, the happier he is. Every now & then you'll see him & Alex make eye contact and if he's smiling, it usually means one of 'em just mouthed to the other, "5 more", "4 more", etc. I'll be interested to see how that "covert onstage banter" plays out on the final night...
Lorraine, to answer your question (in your heart, you already know this)... NO, no chance.
Edited by FOH Lights, 24 July 2015 - 04:15 PM.