If Scamper's last show were an episode of Two and a Half Men, let's just say that the Brendan character would be played by a certain Mr. Jon Cryer. I'm pretty sure I literally cried part of my face off at the Middle East on Saturday night. It's true - there was tear-soaked epidermis all over the green room floor.
It was a good thing that our choreography during the last song featured my back turned to the audience. As I listened to Keith's heartfelt and emotional goodbye to the near sold-out crowd, I was run over by the Weepy Express to Cry Cry Town, USA. At that moment, the wave of reality hit me: this would be the last chorus of the last song that Scamper would ever play. I stopped my signature ass-shake and simply bawled right there on stage.
Luckily, Nate and Mike spotted my wussy ass losing it and started yelling at me. "Keep it together! We've got to finish this thing!" Nate shouted, just as my cue to turn around and play the tricky little bass run that Tom Polce invented some time in 2004 just to torture me.
To my credit, I played the rest of the song perfectly. Unfortunately, the last image of me on stage features me sporting the ridiculously unflattering "trying not to cry" face:
The last show was everything we expected and more. Although we joke around a lot, I can honestly tell you that Scamper never once took for granted the fact that you people gave us your precious time and money by coming to see us perform. And we tried to earn your love every time we hit the stage. On Saturday night, you gave us more back than we ever imagined possible. Really, we can't thank you enough.
In the coming days and weeks, I'm sure I'll be using this space to deal with my many emotions about the recent end of the best years of my life so far - my Scamper years. Some days I may be Jokey Smurf, while other days I may be Inappropriately Melancholy Smurf (who was replaced by Brainy after he tested badly in the pilot).But today, I just want to say thank you to all the fans and friends who came out to our shows over the years. I loved every second of performing for you.
Oh, I'm also going to still use this space to obnoxiously pimp my new band. Bada bing: