This is the clearest video we could find to post of both Arcade Fire performances….
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Spike Jonze made a film with Arcade Fire while we were making the Birth of Big Air. Spike put some suburban kids riding their bikes and playing around in the film. About a week ago, Arcade Fire and Spike thought that would be cool to have bikes riding around while Arcade Fire played at the Grammys. So, Spike gave the Arcade Fire peeps my name to supply them with some bikes.
I got an email from them and thought people like the Grammys…. I could give them some bikes and then auction them off and raise some funds for something good in our community. Then, of course the first major need I’ve wanted to help with is Mike Vincent’s tragedy and the doctor bills that keep climbing.
So, I sent some bikes out to Arcade Fire and packed up to go on vacation in La Jolla with my family. We got to La Jolla and Arcade Fire contacted me again, asking if I knew of anybody who could ride around the band as they played. Grammy’s denied any ramps or tricks, they just wanted some casual bike riders rolling around for ambience.
This is where the randomness begins. I checked in with Voelker, Rooftop and Tabron to see if they would be interested. When we met up with Arcade Fire the only rule was there weren’t any rules, so we all got along great.
Originally, I wasn’t interested because I was on vacation, but I happened to be on vacation an hour and a half from the Grammy’s, and after recruiting my friends and nobody knowing what to do, including the band, I thought I better get their backs and figure this out.
We weren’t there to try to upstage anyone, but to be a part of the flow. This wasn’t a BMX show, this was Arcade Fire’s show. So, I thought I could use this to portray BMX, not as something you have to do unbelievable stunts to be a part of, but to ground it to be what anyone could do if you had a bike.
We did a dress rehearsal in the morning, it was complete disaster. So, in true BMX fashion, we went out in the parking lot at 4:45p, 15 minutes before the Grammys started, with a broken boom box and put together what you saw on the Grammy’s.
I couldn’t believe the Grammy’s had stooped to our level! Hahaha! I was proud to basterdize the Broadway performances with a little adlibbed sketchy last minute BMX randomness. I guess the world needed a little randomness…
Feb 10 2011
Well, the wind is looking to be off shore until Monday (can’t fly), so we hit up the Birch Aquarium yesterday.
Today was an interesting day…. Spike suggested me to Arcade Fire to gather up a posse and ride around them as they play at the Grammys. It’s a weird life….
So, I called the Lord Voelker, Mike Escamilla aka Rooftop and Simon Tabron to provide some chaos with me. Today, we met the band and did a run through.
The first run through, I ghost rode my bike off-stage and it almost hit a camera guy and they freaked out. I don’t blame them. Sometimes when you do dumb things there’s no escaping the fact that it was dumb. I apologize for my dumb-atude. I almost got kicked out before we even figured out what we were going to do….
The Grammy peeps stopped hating on me and let me carry on. We went through the song 3 or 4 times and they rocked my lame ass! Dude, I wish I had a ramp to throw down on! They make some serious energy come out of their instruments.
The day went well. We ad-libbed and things came together nicely. I’m wearing the helmet cam. The band is real and cool – makes me want to run into something at high speed.
I’m going to auction the bikes we are riding at the Grammys for Mike Vincent! I’ll hit the band up to sign them, and we will tag them too, so if you want something rad and to give to the good look for it on eBay soon!
Gianna came with me and sat next to Ozzy! He wouldn’t stop staring at her! heh heh..
Tomorrow, I’m getting my family up at 5am to meet Rooftop at the Perris dropzone. We are going to take a hot air balloon up to around 8 thousand feet and Roof and I are gonna jump out of it!
Check back tomorrow and see you at the Grammys on Sunday!
By the way, it’s 73 degrees right now and -5 in Oklahoma! Sorry suckas!