July 24, 2001 – Austin City Limits
Bill Nershi talks about what makes an “Incident”.
The String Cheese Incident is one of the silliest names I’ve ever heard fore a band. The redeeming part about the name of the band is the “Incident” part. Since we started playing originally, 7 or 8 years ago, each show was kind of a special thing. Every show was different and it was always as much about the people who were listening as the people who were playing. It came to be that each night would be a separate incident. You could say to someone “Did you have a good incident?” Or, “Were you there at the Berkshire Incident?” Or you know, “The San Francisco Incident?” It’s been about creating that environment that becomes an Incident and that happens when there’s a circular energy from the band going through the crowd and coming back. That happens in the room that we’re playing if everybody in the crowd is willing to go with the music and let it flow through them and not try to control it or change or do anything but just be part of it. Then I think that we have a successful incident. Those occasions have been the the highest moments we’ve had as a band.
What do you think?