Hey. Frontman for [insert any band name here], listen up! If you are coming to Fresno for a show and you’re working on your “between song banter” we have some advice for you: Please restrain yourself from changing Fresno’s name to FreYES.
It was never clever. It was not funny the first time we heard it, 30 years ago, and it is not funny today. Come up with better material.
For example. Blake Shelton was at the Save Mart Center last week. He pulled this little gem (you can stop it at 5:40):
Come on, man.
It’s not just the big acts either. I have seen so many small touring bands at Audie’s/Club Fred, or Strummers/Starline or Fulton 55 or you freaking name it, do a version of the joke. It’s lame. It’s eye rolling. We have heard it all. Enough.
The Fresno Bee’s Joshua Tehee and I, discuss it in this month’s Flowing. Here is a clip:
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So please. I beg you. Stop doing the “It’s not FresNO it’s FresYes.” … unless:
— Israel Flores (@Israel_F) March 6, 2017
Alright. If you incorporate “FuckYeah” I can convince myself to be ok with it.