• strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /var/www/html/sc/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 906.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_argument::init() should be compatible with views_handler::init(&$view, $options) in /var/www/html/sc/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_argument.inc on line 744.
  • strict warning: Non-static method views_many_to_one_helper::option_definition() should not be called statically, assuming $this from incompatible context in /var/www/html/sc/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_argument_many_to_one.inc on line 35.
  • strict warning: Non-static method views_many_to_one_helper::option_definition() should not be called statically, assuming $this from incompatible context in /var/www/html/sc/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_argument_many_to_one.inc on line 35.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter::options_validate() should be compatible with views_handler::options_validate($form, &$form_state) in /var/www/html/sc/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter.inc on line 607.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter::options_submit() should be compatible with views_handler::options_submit($form, &$form_state) in /var/www/html/sc/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter.inc on line 607.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter_boolean_operator::value_validate() should be compatible with views_handler_filter::value_validate($form, &$form_state) in /var/www/html/sc/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter_boolean_operator.inc on line 159.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_row::options_validate() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_validate(&$form, &$form_state) in /var/www/html/sc/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_row.inc on line 134.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_row::options_submit() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_submit(&$form, &$form_state) in /var/www/html/sc/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_row.inc on line 134.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /var/www/html/sc/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 906.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_style_default::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /var/www/html/sc/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_style_default.inc on line 24.

Hey Chris

Fans of the Rock 'n Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith may know the preshow script by heart, especially this scene...

Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry asks someone named Chris to grab his black Les Paul guitar for him.  So who is Chris and why is Joe asking for it?

In the early part of the Rock 'n Roller Coaster, there would be a real life Cast Member inside the "recording studio" that would gesture to Joe that he had heard Joe and would then grab the guitar for him (Les Paul is a brand of electric guitars).  However, the position of "Chris" has been removed and you can no longer see him there.

So what happened to Chris? There used to be a black Les Paul guitar that was once owned by Joe Perry that was inside the preshow area.  There was a regular cast member position open for the role of “Chris”, and as with most front line positions, shifts changed throughout the day, so access to the preshow room and the guitar was a lot easier to obtain than it is today. As a result, the instruments and props in the "recording studio" area of the preshow were damaged, intentionally vandalized, and in some cases, completely disappeared.

As to why the name was Chris? Chris is a name that can be a boys name just as much as a nickname for a girl.  And since the position would need to be staffed by potentially men and women, Disney gave the character a gender neutral name.

Because of these issues, the position of "Chris" was eliminated and the black Les Paul was removed and kept back stage.  The preshow film was designed to allow for "Chris" to potentially not be there, as you can see a band staff member comes to Joe quickly to tell him that he'll get the guitar for him.  Nonetheless, it's been many years now since we saw Chris in the studio.

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