In October 2011, after being a band for just a few months, the Allen Stone Electric Ensemble was allowed on national television. Why we were allowed on national television's still a mystery, but there we were, on Conan, about as green as Kermit the Frog smoking a joint on St. Patrick’s Day.
Check out the video. It’s actually pretty incredible. We were, as I said, green, and visibly terrified (what beat am I tapping my foot on, exactly? And have I never heard of a haircut?!). But there’s a unique rawness and undeniable power etc etc blah blah blah - I think I’ve written about this before? When you write something everyday, you lose track.
The real awesomeness was my wearing an Iron Maiden t-shirt on national television.
For the uninitiated, Iron Maiden's a legendary English heavy metal band. They sell out stadiums the world over and travel in their own Boeing 747, dubbed Ed Force One (after their macabre mascot, Eddie), which singer Bruce Dickinson pilots himself. As you might guess, their fanbase is, um, dedicated.
Anyway, Maiden’s team saw our performance and, as you can see, tweeted about it, thereby starting a short-lived global phenomenon known as "Maidening" - ie slipping some Iron Maiden into inappropriate places (I challenge that wearing the shirt of one of the truly great and important bands could ever be anything other than primo crushing-of-the-game, but who am I, really?).
Oh my god my inbox was on fire for like a week: people wearing Iron Maiden t-shirts standing next to Prime Ministers, Michelangelo’s David, in the Vatican - I could go on and on and on. This is the only thing I've ever been responsible for that's gone quasi-viral, and I couldn't be more proud. I should really let the the Berklee Alumni Association know.