The Los Angles rock band Everest, which makes its Crystal Bay Casino Crown Room debut Friday, has plenty of experience playing for a new audience.
The band has toured with Neil Young, opening for him last summer at South Shore and a couple of years before that in Reno.
“No matter who you are, if you’re not known, people are at least moderately against you or they are skeptical with their eyebrows raised or their arms folded,” said bassist-singer Elijah Thompson. “Winning people over who have that posture is one of the greatest things about all of this.”
“We have been off for a month and we hope to burn the roof off. Anybody who shows up is going to get a treat, for sure.”
The Tahoe show is the first of an 11-city tour through the West.
Guitarist-singer Aaron Lee Tasjan and drummer Dan Bailey joined the 7-year-old band in May.
A cerebral rock star, Thompson compared his band to a basketball team, pointing out team chemistry is critical to its success. Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard are two of the best players in the NBA but they were not cohesive on the court and the Lakers last season failed to live up to their expectations.
“There was a dissonance personality-wise that existed,” he said about the band. “So we are excited about what that’s doing to the music now and what it’s going to do to the music once we get back into the studio and get into the creative process and see how this chemistry plays out in that way. It’s awesome, as far as I’m concerned. The new guys are hand-picked because of that because, ultimately, we’re not trying to have a stage full of superstars, we need to have chemistry not just onstage but in our personal lives as well because the one feeds the other.”
Touring with Young brought wisdom to Everest.
“He likes having us around, he’s complimented our band and he’s also given us words of constructive criticism and wisdom and those kinds of words are invaluable to us,” Thompson said.
“The most important part of what I learned was the things that he’s said about individuality. To unapologetically be yourself and not worry about what others think about you. Regardless of what you think of his artistic offering, you know that he’s been an individual and he’s been unapologetically himself, and I think that’s what people love about him the most.”
When: 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16
Where: Crystal Bay Casino Crown Room
Red Room after-party: DJ Mancub & Chango