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By everyone, Foley's talking about the sound guys, not the audience. If there's one thing that didn't change with every border crossing (be it state or national), it was the glowing response Action Action received. Foley says he was surprised how many fans they have outside all the major cities. Some of the best shows, he says, were in small, out-of-the-way towns.
"We've played in markets I didn't even know were markets," Foley says. "We played in an abandoned house in Alabama, in a town called Heflin. We thought it would be at a venue. But we get there, and it turns out the promoter lived in the house next door. We were laughing at the time, but it was actually a good show. All the kids inside were going insane. This beat-up, deserted, nasty house was just packed with kids. I think if any law enforcement came, it would have been the one deputy in that town."
But Johnny Law never made an appearance. The only people to show up were music-starved kids. It's another lesson Foley has learned on tour small-town audiences can make the extra drive worth it.
"Sometimes when you play places you didn't expect to, the kids get so excited to see bands coming through," he says. "It's a great energy, always."
And afterward, it's party time at the Radisson.