As tributes poured in Sunday and Monday after the death of Bob Saget — the legendary comedian and actor best known for his role as Danny Tanner on “Full House” — one stood out for Bostonians, especially those who love the band Guster.
For those who don’t know the backstory, Guster traces its roots to Tufts University, where members Brian Rosenworcel, Adam Gardner and Ryan Miller met and formed the band in 1991.
Rosenworcel, the alternative rock band’s drummer, recalled the 65-year-old Saget’s appearance at the band’s 2007 show at the Boston Opera House in a thread on Twitter.
Band members learned that Bob Saget was doing standup down the street at the Orpheum Theater and a plan was formed.
The band reached out to his management team and asked if he would like to “burst through a Bob Saget banner” during their encore. To the band’s surprise, Saget’s team agreed.
So the band made a “really homespun” paper banner. When it was time for the encore, the group started encouraging the audience to chant, “Bob! Bob! Bob!”
At some point, Rosenworcel realized that no one told lead singer and guitar-player Gardner that Saget was coming.
“I can see Adam getting super annoyed,” Rosenworcel remembers. “He’s strumming his guitar super aggressively because he thinks this is a lame joke, an exercise in anti-climax. That we’ll have our bus driver or our guitar tech burst through and then play a deflated encore after riling up the crowd with an unfulfilled promise.”
Then, lo and behold, Saget bursts through, delighting the audience and the band.
“He hugged Ryan, shook the band members’ hands, waved at the crowd, told Ryan ‘this is awesome’ and walked off stage. That was it,” Rosenworcel said.
Years later, Miller met Saget again and asked him if he remembered the show with Guster.
Saget lit up while recounting his part and calling it “the best,” according to Rosenworcel.
“It really was (the best). RIP, Bob Saget,” Rosenworcel tweeted.