Lia sits on a couch in the bustling greenroom, she is watching TV as Xander is getting ready to go up on stage, Robert sit on a love seat to her right, he is fiddling with his smartgoggles flipping through the various settings and modes, as he often does whenever there is nothing specific for the driver to do, behind them Juan paces back and forth while talking to the event organizers on the phone, the conversation being amicably enough, as they discuss the possibility of Xander joining Johnny Silverhands' upcoming tour as an opening act.
The TV feed abruptly cuts away to a breaking news segment, the news caster is a good looking blonde woman in her mid 30's, she looks at the camera and starts speaking "The legal battle to take over the assets of now defunct Megacorp IHAG intensifies as both bidding parties have brought Night City's largest firms into the fray, CINO has hired Arasaka to help them resolve the dispute, and OTEC secured a contract with Militech, their involvement has been swiftly felt as scrimmages between the two factions have become common place in the East Marina District, the firefights have been quick but furious leaving a trail of bodies behind. We at WLAPG urge you to please avoid the district and to remain indoors." The feed cuts off and goes back to regular scheduled programming which is currently in a commercial break. A very regal song starts playing over sweeping images of the city, a voice says "Night City, our city, has been eroding Mayor Garven Haakensen has allowed corporations and criminals to take over our streets and our lives, it is time to change that!" On the screen the image changes from the sweeping shots of the city to a side shot of Tore Jefferson, he turns to look at the camera and says "My name is Tore Jefferson, and under my leader..." Disgusted Lia shuts off the TV, shaking her head.
Elsewhere Tojiro sits in front of a mixing board testing the audio levels as the event's crew test the microphones and equipment.