TRY THIS AT HOME;
"Countdown Shows 45-49"
#45-June 3, 2002-Edinburgh, Scotland-The LIQUID ROOM
What I remember
most about this show was how sad it was to leave madrid and then
to fly into Edinburgh atnd have it rain down on us! Ok, I'm being
harsh, but it was tough to leave sunny Spain! But the show was packed
and a couple of Teenage Fanclub guys drove over from Glasgow to
see the show, as well as a few of the Belle and Sebastian guys,
who also loaned us drums and amps for both Scottish shows.
The gig was
fun and I also met Paul Barr at this one but would really swing
with him on the following night in Glasgow! Now, to be honest, I
expected the Scots to just be wilder than wild, the way they were
talking on the message board (they did redeem themselves at the
Liquid Room Aug 23!).But they were just having a good time and ain't
nothing wrong with that, right? So then it was on to Glasgow...
#46-June 4,2002-Glasgow, Scotland-KING TUT'S
rain coming down harder than ever, and the club too close for a
taxi, yet too far to walk (in rain), we had to "weather"
this problem and bite the bullet. lots of water in the shoes, grey
clouds and the like. But the show was ABSOLUTE fun and it was cool
to see so many people packed in such a small club (i think it held
350?). Before the show, Rusty and I hung out with Norman (and his
wife) and Gerald, from Teenage Fanclub and TFC drummer, Francis,
took us all to the popular Scottish hang out, NICE N SLEAZY, for
a truly "proper" round of pints. Can't say enough about
the genius of Francis Mac Donald, who, by the way, wrote that TFC
show, hung out with Paul Barr and his unbelievably drunk Scottish
friends who somehow got the SINGER to hang out with them for a spell.
(This is typical of The British Empire...people who are capable
of killing you with their kindness...as opposed to the state of
Texas, who are just capable of KILLING YOU.)
we were swamped with fans and they tried to stop the SINGER'S taxi...I
had to promise a guy a t-shirt to leave us alone. he did e-mail
me months later, asking for the t-shirt. He didn't include an address
and never mailed me back! Damn Scotsman!
#47-June 5,2002-Milton Keynes, England-The STABLES
smell Milton Keynes? Listen, they don't call this venue the "Stables"
fer nuthin...Ok,and I know I come down hard on MK alot...but this
city is a dump. And, after a night's worth of drinking, how can
an MK resident even tell which crib is his own? I mean, they all
bloody look alike, now don't they? But let's go a step further;
how do they even know their kids are their own? Someone could stumble
after one of those world cup games where England gives their supporters
the impression they give a fuck and win a few important games (before
they lie down like sheep to the slaughter...ouch! cruel!)...and
one could end their stumbling in someone else's bed (that ever happen
to you?)...and BAM, yer wife's pregnant and you 'aven't even "done
it" since xmas. But you go on like nothing's changed. Tha's
life in Milton K, I would think.
But I also
recall it as being a fun show and Stew was BRILLIANT, trying his
best to offend the crowd. i guess Stew didn't realise you can't
offend the british. The brits will laugh at anything a yankee throws
at them. Someone once asked a Brit why America had so many Detective
shows. the brit said,"because yankee criminals work 24/7"
Amen. God save MK.
#48-June 6,2002-Brighton, England-CONCORDE 2
our 5th show in 6 days, in 5 cities and in 3 countries, one would
think we would bea bit knackered. Au Contraire! This Brighton show
was tops. Even with the rain all day, this city has got to be the
most romantic looking British city ever. There was a huge ferris
wheel outside my hotel window and the beach and the city was sprawling
with cute girls and drunk gentlemen.
This is the
show that Jeff Tice gave me a couple of ENGLAND football shirts
to wear onstage and, low and behold, England beats it's nemesis,
Argentina, the very next day! So you all have Jeff to thank!
has some funny things after wards like Chaple and I signing girls
Knickers...that was a first(and last!) I stayed afterwards and partied
with the club sound peope and staff. I later walked on the beach,
alone, back to my hotel. I heard foot steps behind me; I was being
followed! it turned out to be 4 drunk fans-2 blokes and 2 birds-and
they walked me back to safety.
All n all,
it was such a pleasant time in Brighton. Too bad it rain, for I
know this is a briliant place with nice weather. And you gotta love
a place that has brothels advertising "Student Discounts
#49-June 8,2002-Southampton, England-THE BROOK
Mick (our merch guy/driver) having a devil of a time finding this
place! But once we found it, it was a nice cozy lil joint with a
balcony even! LOVE fan, Aynsley Adams, even baked us something delicious
before the show! This is also the show Brian Wilson't trumpet player,
Probyn gregory, sat in with us on a few tunes.
certainly a fun show and i remember having way too many pints plus
this one fan kept trying to get in (opening act bassist) Heidi's
knickers and I kept telling the old boy that she was spoken for,
considering that Stew's her beau. But dude was lit up like a xmas
tree...no talking to blokes like that...
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