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“'Here we are! Welcome to the circus!' It’s the first song of the first show of our first tour of Japan. It made sense to start with this one.
“The reason why I wrote it goes back a ways: When we were an opening band, a lot of the time we wouldn’t get a soundcheck. Hello There was our soundcheck. One instrument at a time, gunning it over and over… by the time Robin started singing, our mix was usually in place and we sounded good.
“It's the best kind of song to start a show with. I’ve seen bands come out and begin their concerts with these long, slow, boring songs. Are they kidding, or what? It reminds me of somebody told me about a book once: ‘Yeah, you start to get into it after the first 150 pages.’ Wow, that sounds like something I’d want to read! Come on...
“Hello There is quick, it’s good and it’s easy to play.”
Listen: Cheap Trick - Hello There