Category Archives: Stories from Backstage

Slogging through the Amazon Swamp – True Survival Stories from the World of Self-Publishing

Bruce A. Smith It all began with a manuscript. I was a former newspaper reporter with a good story – the iconic tale of the famous skyjacker DB Cooper. The manuscript had a 32-page treatment that I sent to the … Continue reading

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Stories from Backstage – The Judds: Wynonna and Naomi

by Bruce A. Smith The Château Saint Michel Winery, Woodinville, WA; and Nashville When Wynonna and Naomi opened their 2000 reunion tour in Nashville, my life in Tennessee became cross-pollinated with Judd stories.  First, I breathed the fine, luxurious mist … Continue reading

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Stories from Backstage – Linda Ronstadt and Los Camperos de Nati Cano

 By Bruce A. Smith October, 2008 – The Paramount Theater, Seattle Attending one of Linda Ronstadt’s Tex-Mex concerts is like driving through the night to Mexico on Spring Break.  When you start off everything looks familiar and everyone is speaking … Continue reading

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Stories from Backstage – Sarah Brightman

by Bruce A. Smith  I’ve never heard Sarah Brightman speak with a Cockney accent.  Nor have I heard her sing with any proper British accent that would reflect her heritage as the original London lead in Phantom of the Opera, … Continue reading

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Stories from Backstage – Remembering the ol’ Britney Spears

by Bruce A. Smith Key Arena, 2004  Several years ago I witnessed “Blonde Pride Night” at the Key as 10,000 of Seattle’s finest young cuties celebrated their Blondeness, and paid homage to their Golden Goddess, Britney Spears.  But, I didn’t … Continue reading

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Stories from Backstage – The Dixie Chicks

 by Bruce A. Smith Editor’s Note:   This new column, “Stories from Backstage,” is the recounting of my experiences working in rock and roll and theater as a stagehand.  For several years I worked in Nashville and Seattle where I took … Continue reading

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Stories from Backstage – Arlo Guthrie

by Bruce A. Smith  Today’s temperatures in the 60s, our first warm day of the year, brought out the motorcycles and as I rode home from Tacoma in my current mode of transport – as a passenger in a comfy Ford Taurus … Continue reading

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Stories from Backstage – the Dixie Chicks, first memory

by Bruce A. Smith  Seattle’s Key Arena, Summer, 2003 – and the Tacoma Dome, November 2006 Seattle: Chicks Rule!  Yup, best concert I’ve ever seen, and I’m not alone in that assessment – the 12,000 screaming, mostly women in the Key … Continue reading

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Stories from Backstage – Neil Diamond

Note:  From 1999 until 2006 I was a theatrical stagehand in Nashville and Seattle.  I also went on a few brief tours with Cavalia, the Cirque Du Soleil spin-off that is currently performing in Marymoor Park.  Key Arena, Seattle – 2006 … Continue reading

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