The fifth annual H.O.R.D.E. tour is out on the road right now, starring
Blues Traveler, Rusted Root, Lenny Kravitz, and 311, with occasional
appearances by the Dave Matthews Band, Nil Lara, and the
not-especially-rootsy Natalie Merchant. For some insight into this year's
outing, we gave Blues Traveler's John Popper a High-8 video camera and all
the film he could shoot. Here's what he sent by return post.
JOHN POPPER: This is John Popper from Blues Traveler here
at the H.O.R.D.E. festival. We're at The Gorge. I think they named it The
Gorge, because it is in fact, The Gorge. Look who it is! It's Dave
Mathews! He was goosing me! But I'm such a professional that I don't let
things like that faze me.
DAVE MATTHEWS: He didn't flinch.
JOHN POPPER: This is for MTV.
DAVE MATTHEWS: This is for MTV? Why don't you hang it
around your neck?
JOHN POPPER: See, they're too cheap to actually send a
crew out. So, they gave me this. They don't really care enough. Here's a
little view of the people there... Now, look at that! Oh yeah!.... Oh no!
An earthquake! (the camera shakes) AHHH! (Camera pans in on port-a-john)
Wow! Someone coming out of the port-a-john. And if you look very closely,
you can see... Oh, never mind! Now, this is what it all comes down to...
buses and trucks. So far, all we've seen are a lot of outhouses, but
they're the best part of the outhouses I've ever seen.... That guy's
selling all kinds of stuff there....we've got the hip group.
MAN #1: This is Greenpeace and we're helping to stop the
transportation of high-level nuclear waste.
JOHN POPPER: We're at the very back of the crowd here.
(Camera pans in on stage, where Lenny Kravitz is performing "Let Love
Rule"). You know, "Letting Love Rule" is really what the
whole H.O.R.D.E. thing's about. You do what you can, you can what you do,
and hopefully, it will come back to you.