In some Adventist rec room somewhere in America, Lane's band Hep Alien rocks the house. (I should mention up front that Todd Lowe, a.k.a. Pamie's friend Todd Lowe, or pfTL, is no relation to me, whatsoever, and though Todd Lowe and I are both friends of Pamie and share the universally esteemed and respected last name of Lowe, we have never met. Which, of course, is a terrible shame, seeing as how he is right now standing on stage with Sebastian Bach, who I cannot help loving.) The band is banging out a cover of Blondie's "Hanging on the Telephone," a great song and a gutsy choice. My husband, who is a drummer, is glad to see that the fabulous Keiko Agena has picked up some really decent drumming skills. I have to say up front that I loooooved this scene. Anything with the band, I'm going to love -- not because they sound great, but because being in a band is so fun, and I just feel like this is something the show got right. The whole quirkiness of them touring Seventh-Day Adventist churches is so silly, it worked. As dumb as it is, I'd totally do the same thing, just to get to perform. They finish the song and thank the crowd, giving shout-outs "first and foremost to Pastor Tim," says pfTL. Gil interrupts to say he got into some very heavy talk with the pastor about his soul and Ecclesiastes and stuff after sound check: "And I gotta say, if Christ comes back, in fulfillment of Prophecy, he's gonna be hooking up with you first, dude, because YOU are AWESOME." pfTL also thanks the decoration committee for making the A.V. room look so cool. Hee. Gil, who gets all the best lines, interrupts again: "I've played the Whiskey before, man, and it's got a similar vibe." pfTL thanks the crowd again for making them feel welcome, encourages them to buy t-shirts, and the group congratulates each other for a tour well done. Brian says that they were as tight as the Foo Fighters. No, Gil says, they were tighter. He justifies it this way: "Listen, if that pretentious little snot from Coldplay can walk around comparing himself to Bono, we can compare ourselves to the Foo Fighters." Yay! Lane smooches pfTL in celebration, and Gil warns her to watch it: Pastor Tim is still hanging. They're starting to break down their stuff when Pastor Tim comes over to remind them that the committee needs to set up for tomorrow's Bible study, and need to use the stage for the giant crucifix. pfTL is glad to see they're selling some t-shirts, which means they'll be able to eat that night.
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