In the late ’80s and early ’90s, when MTV was still just another network, there was a scene called “XFinity Return.”
It was a big party where people would hang out at a hotel bar, party, and party for hours.
The stars would come in and have a beer or two.
Then the host would come back and make some special deals.
The bar would get full, and it would be a great night.
I remember the night was so great that I was so nervous and didn’t want to go out the next night.
It was so special and exciting, and I thought, If I go out that night, I’ll go out again.
But I was wrong.
I went out that very night.
So, for me, it was a rite of passage.
The next night, Ryan was in town and we played “Big Time,” and I went back out to the hotel bar and I was still nervous.
I don’t remember much of that night because I was too nervous, but the next morning I woke up in the hotel room with my face pressed against the wall.
And Ryan and I were in that room together.
And we were talking about it, and we were like, Oh my God.
So we’re like, We’re doing the Xfinity return, and then we were going to play a little bit and then the whole hotel was like, Come on, you guys, go, and you got to do it again, and all the other guests were like: Yeah, let’s go.
So they did, and when they were all out of the hotel, I remember looking at my friends, and they were like yeah, well, they’re gonna do it, so it’s not like it’s something we can’t do, because it’s just like, This is what we’ve been waiting for, and this is what they’ve been wanting.
It’s amazing how much of a culture, of a city, of what we’re doing, of the people around us, has evolved over the years.
So that night I went in and I really thought, I want to do the XFinity return.
I want this to be a rite for me to go back and do it.
So I went up there, I played a couple of songs, and that night we had such a big show, and everyone was so into it.
It went down like that.
And I remember one of my friends said, What the fuck was that?
I’m like, I didn’t think we’d be back in New York for the next two weeks.
But it was the last time we were ever going to be out in New Jersey.
And that night when we came back, it felt like we did something special.
But we’re back now.
And it was an honor to play in that bar, that night.
The reason it’s such a great experience to go and do the show in New England, because New York is so big, and so close to New Jersey, is because it has the X, the X Factor, the music, the crowds.
That’s the best part of it.
You know, that’s where I got my start.
It felt like, this is how I wanted to be.
And to be in a place where people feel like they’ve made a commitment to come and see the show, that it’s an experience they’re going to remember forever.
It wasn’t something we had to do, it just happened, and a lot of people in the industry were there.
And there’s been a lot more stuff that’s happened.
I think that’s what’s really important, and to be able to say, this was a show we did right, that is, not something that was just part of a movie, but something that you saw.
And then to go to a place like that and feel like you actually did something for people, I think is pretty amazing.
It sounds crazy to say it, but I think a lot goes into doing a show, it’s like, Who are we?
Who are the people who make this happen?
And I think we’ve really made it.
But there are also some people who do not have that same thing.
Like Ryan Goslin, the actor who plays Greg Smith.
He is a real life character.
But in that movie, when you’re in the bar with Ryan, it feels like you’re talking to the same person.
There’s nothing like that in real life.
And so there’s that aspect of it, there’s a little of that authenticity that’s gone on.
So it’s definitely been an honor and a privilege to be here.
But for me it’s been like, it wasn’t like this is the way that I wanted this to happen.
So there are some people that don’t feel like it