Keith Haynie: 1000 Concerts with ApologetiX
Wed., Apr. 15. 2009 10:50pm EDT
ApologetiX bass player Keith Haynie recently did something only one man had ever done before. In typical fashion, nobody noticed until almost three weeks later, further evidence why Keith is the Rodney Dangerfield of ApologetiX, a comic genius who gets no respect.
Depending on how you calculate things, Keith played his 1000th concert as an ApologetiX member on either March 28 in Wexford PA or April 3 in Kenosha WI. If you start counting with his first official concert with ApologetiX -- our 126th concert in Weston WV on October 26, 1995 -- his 1000th concert was in Kenosha WI. If you count his first appearance on stage with the band -- filling in on some bass songs at our 24th concert in Cranberry Township PA on December 22, 1992 -- his 1000th concert was in Wexford PA.
To add insult to injury, that Wexford concert was our 17th anniversary show, and we had many alumni members and plenty of family in attendance. Sorry, Keith; we'll start planning for your 2000th right now.
Since becoming a full-time member, Keith has only missed 11 concerts, and all because of family commitments and emergencies. Rob Oakes filled in for him once in 1996 in Ebensburg PA. Scott Gilbert filled in for him twice in 2001 in Sugarland TX and Adrian MI. It took four guys to fill in for him once in 2005 in Elizabethtown PA. One of those four guys, John Taylor, went on to fill in for him four times in Arizona and Tennessee in 2006 and three times in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia in 2008.
ApologetiX lead singer J. Jackson is the only other member -- past or present -- to play 1000 concerts with ApologetiX. Of course, he had a little bit of a head start on Keith.