TRY THIS AT HOME;
TO A DECADE:
around March, 1993, Rusty and I handed Tom Sweeney a demo tape of
new band, BABY LEMONADE. Tom was booking (although he said he was
Arthur Lee on a regular basis. We noticed him buying LOVE records
at the Indie
record store we worked at and couldn't help but shamlessly plug
Thre weeks later, Tom called us back and asked if we wanted to open
up for the
man himself. We jumped at the opportunity, being big fans of all
and 70's LOVE records, and really just wanted to meet Arthur. The
show was at
the Troubadour in West Hollywood, California, where Santa Monica
Bl. and Doheny
street intersect, just 25 ft. from the Beverly Hills city limits.
was April 29, 1993. We went on around 9pm and played a 40 min. set.
Someone told us afterwards Arthur was watching our whole set. Later
thanked him and Tom for having us, packed our gear and drove back
to our studio
in Baldwin Hills, roughly a 20 min. drive. The next morning, our
the time, Jeff Davis, got a call from Tom Sweeney; Arthur dug Baby
wanted to know if we'd be interested in backing him as LOVE. We
thought it over
(can you believe that?) and decided it was a good opportunity (duh)
couldn't let slip by and said yes.
night, A.L. came by and we did "7 & 7 is", "Signed
DC", "Alone Again
Or" and 3 more songs i can't seem to recall. It felt great
to play those songs
(as you can imagine) with his incredible voice leading the way,
but i have to
say we were all a bit nervous. He went home afterwards and called
us a bit
later that night and pretty much said he wanted us to be the band.
all intents and purposes, we have been LOVE since that day. It is
mentioning that Arthur has played with Das Damen, The High llamas
backing him in that time as well. We were his west coast band. mainly
economic reasons, as there was no real "manager" around
with a sense of vision
and a feel for continuity; it was always "What's the best way
to save money?"
Of course, all that changed in 1996 when (Manager/ promoter) Gene
and Baby Lemonade began working on a regular basis and toured Europe
summer. So, the "Countdown" represents the notes I kept
on each and every show
we played as LOVE, more or less.
#1- June 2, 1993 at RAJI's
show! Our friend, Paul Rock, hosted a tribute to Brian Wilson at
house before the show that also featured "Daisy Chain"
and the "Wondermints."
We'd never heard of either of these bands but walked away impressed
musicianship and that get together in general. Daisy Chain actually
for us at Raji's later so it was a real fun vibe. I remember us
like crazy. I also remember Steven McDonald (Redd Kross bassist)
audience with a big smile on his face. The line-up was Rusty (guitar),
(drums), Henry Lui (bass) and myself, and this is the line-up we
used up until
#2-June 20, at The PALOMINO
it, the guys in Weezer were at this show, way before they had a
deal. I remember thinking to myself that i was in a "red neck"
bar. I remember
this show as being a lot of fun, alot of energy. I think some weird
called the Buffalo Cheese band opened up.
#3-July 3, at The WHISKEY
playing the Whiskey-A-Go-Go and them forgetting to put Arthur's
on the Marquee. That's exactly what happened. Of course, they fixed
not without catching some hell from Tom Sweeney. We were opening
Doors copycat group, WILD CHILD. I remember the Singer, Dave, acting
Morrison EVEN BACKSTAGE. Rodney Bingenheimer introduced us and we
blow those guys off the stage.
#4-July 7, at RAJI'S
to be our last show at Raji's, as a 6.7 earthquake hit Los Angeles
months later and practically levelled the whole building. Too bad.
a cool place. Back in the day, you could go see Stone Temple Pilot
saturday night for $7. I remember a guy named "Trudy"
yelling out songs over
and over again from the audience. And some woman wearing a leopard
suit who asked if i wasnted a ride home.
#5-August 20, at The CLUB LONGERIE
this on bill with Robbie Krieger (Doors...duh!) and the highlight
when WE played Roadhouse Blues with Robbie and Arthur trading versus.
did "Love me Two Times", which was a little rough, since
we'd never played it
before, but the spirit was right there. Afterwards, i chatted with
i have to say he was a perfect gentlemen.
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