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Cuba Show (Guantanamo Bay, Cuba) - May 28, 2007
I was at last night's Producers concert here in Guantanamo Bay. It was an amazing show!
I contacted Charlie Offer via the link on your website and asked if the band would be willing to perform for the troops here in Cuba, and I had a resounding "yes" in less than 24 hours. The band flew in Sunday afternoon on a Navy C-130 Hercules, along with the other acts for the show (State of Man and Mother's Finest). Anyone who has logged any time in a C-130 knows that 4 hours in a cargo seat is a chore, but they were great sports about it. Wayne couldn't make the trip, so the band enlisted David Manion, a longtime fan and friend, to fill in. David had never played with the band before, and gave himself a crash course in the Producers songbook in the days leading up to the trip.
That night there was a reception at the base Commanding Officer's house. The guys met a big cross-section of the base, including the Commander, Joint Task Force Guantanamo, Rear Admiral "Buzz" Buzby. The were also presented with a flag flown over the base in their honor.
The next morning's sound check went great, and everyone was amazed at how quickly and confidently David had picked up the music. After the sound check, they came to the base radio station, where they did a long interview (that will be played on the station later). After catching a little rest, they took the stage about 8:00 PM. A short rain shower had dispersed some of the crowd, but the hardcore fans (like me) and some others were not deterred. The original setlist was:
This morning we were able to take all the bands on a quick tour of the base, including the gate leading into communist Cuba before putting them on the boat to take them back to the airfield for the trip home. The trip back was on a much-more comfortable C-9. It was an amazing few days and the guys couldn't have been nicer (or sounded better) and the wheels are already in motion to get them back here in the future.
I've attached a few pictures, and I'll try to send some more later.
CDR Jeff Johnston
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