Earlier tryouts in New Jersey and Atlanta had been marred by negative feedback and some questions regarding the overall organization of the event, so it was with some trepidation that a number of fighters returned to make a second impression, and others flew in to Atlanta from far and wide to get a first shot at impressing the judges.
"To me the records were just a starting point," recalls John Paul Jones, "The most important thing was always the stage show. So many great nights. At our worst we were still better than most. At our best we could just wipe the floor with the lot of them. It was just a very good live band."