THE WAR ON THE COURTS was performed in front of a live audience on Sunday, April 7th, 2018 at the Tip Top Deluxe in Grand Rapids, MI. Over 70 people watched as the program started, however, less than 10 remained as the program came to an end (bar staff excluded).
On Sunday, November 12th, 2017, Bong Mountain and The Eradicator concluded their Australian tour with a 9+ hour drive from Adelaide to Melbourne, with a flight planned the following day to conclude the tour with a brief 2 day trip in Honolulu, HI. The first planned stop in Honolulu was a radio appearance on KTUH 90.1 FM "Monday Night Live".
As we said our goodbyes to new friends James Douglas (our tour manager) and Quinton Trembath (our driver), one of the members of Bong Mountain (Chris) realized that he left his bag, with included passport, back in Adelaide. This resulted in an interesting 24 hour period which put the radio appearance in question and left Chris spending an extra day on Australian soil. Since the 60 minute radio appearance could not be cancelled, with one person (Andy) as the sole music performer, there was only one option available…create an Eradicator-themed adaptation of the War of the Worlds radio broadcast on the 12+ hour flight from Melbourne to Honolulu, which was to be titled “War on the Courts”.
On Monday, November 13th, 2017, The Eradicator, 3 of the 4 members of Bong Mountain, along with Dallas McCulloch (no relation to Bruce….odd coincidence) went on KTUH 90.1 FH in Honolulu for “Monday Night Live” and “performed” War on the Courts for 60 minutes which included a series of tour jokes, fart jokes, and loose narrative of a squash world invaded by tennis players. The lone audio recording provided by the KTUH staff was corrupted and lost forever. In order to preserve this moment in history, a show was booked in Grand Rapids, MI (Bong Mountain’s hometown) to recreate “War on the Courts” in a live setting, where Chris could also join for the performance. It was also the birthday party for Alexis Davidson, who turned 11 years old that day.
released April 25, 2018
Transcript written by Andy Slania in 12 hours while on an airplane
Music by Andy Slania, as The Eradicator
Voice Performances by Andy Slania, Adam Schurman, Matt Stacks, Alex Ewigleben, Chris Lidstone, and Stephan Jurgovan
Artwork by Adam Schurman
Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered by Don Carlisle at Knavish Audio in Grand Rapids, MI
THE WAR ON THE COURTS is a squash/tennis themed adaptation of the War Of The Worlds radio broadcast by Orson Welles.
THE ERADICATOR concept is based on the Kids in the Hall sketch of the same name.
BONG MOUNTAIN is a concept band based on the band Bong Mountain, formed by the members of Bong Mountain.