New Bus Problems Cancel Shows in IA & KS
Fri., Aug. 12. 2011 12:23am EDT
J. Jackson, lead singer for ApologetiX (That Christian Parody Band) here.
I have some very bad news about this weekend's concerts in Washington IA and Olathe KS. Our bus had done it to us again.
I'm not very good at explaining mechanical things I observe with my own eyes, let alone stuff I learn about second hand, but here's my best first try:
Keith called me tonight at 8:20 p.m. Apparently, as he was bringing the bus home from the mechanic tonight (yes, the alternator was fixed by the electrician last week, but the mechanic was finishing installation and putting in new air filter this week and didn't get it done till this afternoon, etc.), Keith heard some loud pops.
Apparently the alternator is now too powerful and blew out the battery -- not just blew it out, but blew four caps off of it, and the lights were much, much brighter than normal on the bus and trailer -- apparently a sign that they were now receiving too much power -- and then they would go out intermittently.
After he heard and saw that, Keith called an expert about the prospect of just running on the battery without the alternator, and (to nobody's suprise) was told we'd probably wind up on the side of the road. Then to top things off, as Keith was telling me that news, he started noticing a burning rubber smell and a hissing sound.
Furthermore -- I'm not kidding -- my six-month-old son threw up on my foot while all this was happening.
All very bad signs. There's no way we're going to have this fixed in time for this weekend's concerts. I am so sorry. I had all my stuff packed, and I was really looking forward to coming. I am grateful that it didn't happen somewhere in the 900 miles between Pennsylvania and Kansas.
Again, I am not good at explaining mechanical things, but Keith is quite good at observing and assessing them, so if anything I wrote above doesn't make sense, it's because I lost something in the translation.
I can't believe this is the fourth weekend in a row that something has happened. But I assure you that it is all true. I will make sure that our fans who purchased the tickets online get a refund via PayPal. Again, I apologize. Please forgive us for this extreme bad news with extreme short notice.
Please pray for us.
ApologetiX (That Christian Parody Band)