In their quiet time before the show, each became determined to demonstrate to the world why they had earned the right to be on top. As the arena vibrated from the opening band echoing through the walls, each knew that when it was their turn to take the stage it was their moral obligation to make sure they shook that building harder and longer than any time before, or after, until the next time when they'd rock it harder and longer, still. They came up from the dressing room early, watched impatiently as the opening band finished their set. Tom sensed their need to get out there. He didn't let them down, he just turned his stage crew lose to oblige them.
He took his position behind the stage and waited for the blackout. He worked his way to his throne, waited for the light show and the howling sirens to blare ear deafening loud out over the crowd. He could see and hear the darken shadows of the crowd pressing forward into the stage in restive anticipation rippling over the vast undulating sea rising high into the rafters. Jason and Chad had taken their spots in the wings, Jason's head hung low in thoughtful purpose; Chad was bobbing up and down on his toes. Harris said into his headphones, "Cue Tom when you're ready." He crossed his sticks at Tom. "One moment, Marc," Harris said. "And...we are set. Cue on three, and ready, starting my count. One. Two. Three!" All hell broke loose; simultaneously strobing lights crisscrossed the stage as he thundered the Atomic Rocker drum intro in an overpowering eruption of sound and light. Jason and Chad hastened to center stage. Singularly, with no words ever spoken between them, Dust rocked that arena so hard, rocked that house longer into the night just to leave no doubt that Dust was the best band in the world.
And when they finished their last encore, and the stage went black and silent, and the house lights rose, and the lingering reverb faded, and those fifteen thousand rockers were left exhausted and awestruck, unable to call for another encore, only then were the three of them satisfied.