we played at the 3 king’s tavern in denver. not only was denver the last show of the tour, it was our 69th show EVER…and to be honest with you all it wasnt too sexy. extra large technical difficulties during the first song forced us to go into random jam mode a tad bit early. i was kind of freaked out about doing this but it all worked out in the end. [one great thing about this tour is all the little lessons you learn from the crazy problems that arise on stage --- these are things you can never predict, they just happen and you have to learn to roll like nothing's wrong.] the club and the crowd at the 3 kings was really great. it sort of felt like a special secret show for people in the denver “know”. we even ended up playing “dream” as an encore – one of what seems like 12 different versions we have of that song. no doubt about it, i give the denver crowd a big A+ for making the last show a special memory.
the show was put on by miles and doug of rising up productions. those 2 hooked us up with great hotel rooms at the best western. they were actually the best hotel accommodations of the tour and they came at the perfect time cos we were in need of a bit of comfort. the afternoon before the show we also did an in-store at tower records which was pretty grim. it was actually more funny than grim. in-stores are never that great no matter where you are – unless you’re on the verge of becoming a massive band in-stores generally blow. after the in-store doug took us to a fly vegan place where i ordered halibut…you know…just for the hellofit.
mile high thanks to: miles and doug of course for being 2 great promoters with a lot of heart. these guys are believers in the cause and i cant thank them enough for all the time and effort they put into making this show happen. thanx to tim dwenger who made a great tour poster for the show. the poster is already rare and the remaining ones will be sold in our online store. also, thanx to bill d, scott k, tony, juel and frank for keeping it real, and last but not least the guy who said he was andrew and amy’s (from sf) friend that came up to me while i was playing and slipped me a little bag of pot. it was the first time that has ever happened to me. ironically im the one in the band that doesnt really smoke so i made sure to let everyone know about the little gift i received.
dressing room and rider wrap up: i dont really remember the dressing room – i was only in it for like 30 seconds to grab a beer with bill d. it was behind the stage which was cool cos you could walk right from it on to the stage. no rider just beer. the staff at the 3 king’s was really really cool. they let tony run around inside the club during soundcheck as well as after the show which was super dope. as a general rule if you treat my dog well i will say very nice things about you.
The City: a really dear friend of mine is from denver and he warned me about it’s potential for lameness. i was proven wrong and i owe it all to doug and miles. thank you so much for making us feel right at home.
The Venue: the 3 kings tavern is a pretty awesome bar. there are a ton of pool tables a great sized dance floor and tons of places to sit and enjoy yourself. good job.
The Show: well… before the show we went to an in store at tower records. it stunk. sigh. at least i walked out of there with a dusty springfield album and a david sedaris book. i suppose sitting in the store hiding behind magazines was worth it after all. after that fiasco we went to a cool restaurant where i overindulged in throat coat with extra large cups and a meal fit for two. of course i got sick after that so i was kind of weary about my performance. but come on now, how could we not do well on our last night of tour? i’ll tell you how… technical difficulties. no one had good sound onstage except for nathan. rob had no monitors, i barely had any, fran’s was all messed up, mark’s was a nightmare and we had problems with a strobe light. but still, it was a great show… with an ever better crowd.
Interesting Things After The Show: the usual post show events occurred and then i got summoned to the comic book wall where the lovely laurie scavo took some awesome shots of the band. thanks, doll… let’s hang out when i come back. then nathan and i hung out with the house sound guy and the bartender who happen to be in a band together. after most of us were nice and buzzed we all participated in a group session of herbal delights. propositions for rooftop rendesvous were made and then rejected and after calling everyone to persuade them to take me to eat and getting denied i passed out in my cozy bed.
denver omelet: last show on the road. tension was high, and the anticipation of completing our journey was soaring. stayed two nights at the best western “ho-tel,” where, purportedly, there was a prostitution ring being run out of the second floor. unfortunately i never had a chance to confirm or defraud this allegation. maybe someone could conduct some covert investigation into this and get back to me? inquiring minds want to know. started off the whole affair somewhat on the wrong foot with an in-store appearance down at the local tower records- never a good idea in my book- which, as i’m sure has been previously stated, didn’t bode so well. the initial plan of performing acoustically didn’t pan out due to some legality issues, paperwork/ waivers left unsigned, etc. so we ended up just setting up a makeshift table where our throngs of adoring fans could get their w.i.g. merch and/or body parts signed. i’m going to just cut the crap here and describe the whole debacle in two words: SPINAL TAP. if you’ve seen the movie, i think you know what i’m talking about. yeah, it was really sad, extremely embarrassing, but funny as hell at the same time. fortunately that proved to be the end of the silliness, as the rest of the night progressed in fitting, rock star fashion. doug, our promoter extraordinaire, rebounded right away, appeasing any sense of wounded pride by treating us all to a very nice meal somewhere downtown. this also gave us a chance to see a bit of the city with all the driving around, something of a rare treat when touring. well, the show started off proper, with perhaps one of the most unusual opening acts i have had the pleasure of playing with. using only a stand-up bass and some assorted gadgetry, the extremely talented miss julie davis- under the moniker of “bluebook”- put on one helluva show. think lawrence welk on ‘shrooms. ‘twas lovely to make your acquaintance, julie. next up, cat-a-tac (a palindrome for your thoughts, sir) put the crowd in a stand-uppity, shuffle-towards-the-stage, head-bobbity, and ultimately hootin’ and hollerin’ kind of mood. then it was our turn. unsurprisingly, after a booming and grand introduction by doug, we started things off with a technical glitch that prevented us from kicking off our first song as planned. so… instead we rehashed another rendition of “traverse city balls,” which you may recall the origins of from an earlier post in this here blog. after that, everything got sorted out and the show continued as planned. i think it went well… in all honesty i don’t really remember too much. borrowing from Q here, i’ll comment on some of the random thoughts that crossed my mind during the show. “i wish those mesh half-shirts from the ‘80’s would come back in style.” “i can’t feel my feet.” “hey… who’s that hottie snappin’ all the photos?” “i like cheese.” then, the whole shebang was over. the girl with the camera- the illustrious miss laurie scavo- took a gazillion more photos of us. i was blessed with the chance to talk with her quite a bit afterwards, and even managed to impress her with my memory skills by addressing her by a completely wrong name before she left. yeah, i’m all slick with the ladies like that. denver, we’ll have to do this dance again.
jeanine pettibone, derek smalls & viv savageyou cant see it but Q is throwing up W I G in her pocketdenver’s finestfrank and juel… what a lovely coupletim – your poster kicks assrob & Q invoking or invocalingthe tall dark & handsome sideteam F10team JAMESteam RISING UP