TRY THIS AT HOME;
personal memoires from Mike Randle's Summer 1996 tour diary
with Baby Lemonade as they back up Arthur Lee as "LOVE".
"We'll jump off that bridge when we get to it..."
a.m... It's sunny skies and warm weather here in Los Angeles. We've
been looking forward to this Tour and I can't believe it's actually
happening! Dave Chapple, Dave Green, Rusty and Myself have been
up since 5:30 a.m. this morning. We took a cab from where Dave "Daddio"
Green and I live (Santa Monica) and Chapple and Rusty spent the
night downstairs on the couch to make sure we all stayed together!
A shuttle was sent to Arthur's place by Tour Manager, David Fairweather.
Our cab fare was $22.00. It's so good to see Arthur but he's not
looking well. I think he's been sick from stress or something. It's
still good to see him. Fairweather's handling all the business stuff
until we get to Odense, Denmark. Then, I believe, Tour Promoter-Business
Manager, Gene Kraut, will handle the finances and D.F. will be more
in charge of Merchandising and Arthur Lee. Personally, I'd rather
fly the plane!
2:15 p.m. (N.Y. time)... Flight to New York was alright. Took about
4-1/2 hours on Delta Airlines. They served weird stuff to eat. I
ate something that was suppose to be eggs. Tasted like a pillow.
Rusty said in the event of a crash landing the eggs could be used
as Flotation Devices. The Captain said we'd be on the ground shortly
and I remembered thinking, "There's gotta be a better way of
saying that, right?"
7:40 p.m. (N.Y. time)... Flying over the Atlantic Ocean and feelin'
fine. Had a 3 hour delay in New York so Arthur and I went to a Bar
in the Airport. Fairweather and the rest of the guys went to a different
bar upstairs. Pretty soon their bar ran out of beer so they came
back downstairs. I just ate a Fettuccini Dinner while everyone else
had 'Rough Chicken.' They offered Movies but most of the passengers
only want to sleep.
9:30 a.m... Our plane landed at 8 a.m. in Copenhagen, Denmark. Right
now we're at the train station. We were hoping that maybe Gene Kraut
would be here to meet us but it looks like we'll just see him in
another part of Denmark, an Island named, Odense. After our plane
landed we had to wait for a cab that was large enough to fit 6 people
with bags and 4 guitars. An hour went by before we figured out no
one would take us so we split up with D.F. and Arthur taking a city
bus and the rest of us riding in a van. The cab ride cost 150 Danish
Kroners, which is about $30. Right now we're at the station waiting
for Train to Odense. The ride is supposed to be 3 hours. It is real
cold and raining slightly. I look at Chapple and he looks at me
and we definitely agree that we are both cold.
1:00 p.m... Train ride was kinda cool. It traveled by land for 1
hour, then it entered a ferry, the whole thing, and we took the
ferry for an hour and a half and then it was back to land for another
hour. Those trains fit in there quite nicely. You can get off the
train and go upstairs to where the shops and bars are.
2:23 p.m... Just checked into our rooms. We're staying at the Odense
Plaza Hotel. It's a nice place and it's right across from the club
we'll be playing at tomorrow night called RYTMEPOSTEN. Daddio and
I are sharing a room (#308) and Rusty and Chapple are 2 doors down
in #305. Arthur and D.F. get their own rooms the entire tour. After
we checked in, the 4 of us decided to find some grub so we walked
around a bit until we found an area in town that had Pizza. We ate
some grub and also brought back some for Arthur, who was back at
the Hotel sleeping. Once we got back, Daddio went to sleep and I
mean he slept! The place where we bought the beer was a Video store
and it had some rather funny Pornos which seemed, strangely enough,
to be situated right next to the Lion King and Pocahantas Videos.
Pornography is popular in Denmark.
7:00 p.m... Just finished drinking some Carlsberg Beer which is
way stronger than the American version. Arthur was thankful for
the pizza. Rusty, Chapple, Arthur, D.F. and I just had a blues jam!
It was a lot of fun. Obviously, Arthur can play Harmonica really
well but I didn't know David Fairweather could play. He was pretty
good. It was so funny because we didn't have enough batteries for
our portable amps and to buy more would be way too expensive so
Dave Chapple made makeshift batteries out of beer caps and they
worked!!! Damn, Chapple's like MacGuyver. Fuck that. The motherfucker's
better than MacGuyver. We ran out of beer so we ordered some from
downstairs (Lobby) and charged it to our room (Bad idea) because
we hadn't received our Per Diem yet. Checked on Daddio 10 minutes
ago and he's still asleep.
around 9 p.m... Rusty, Chapple and I are set to check out the Club
we're playing at tomorrow that's right across the street. Fairweather
said he'd meet us over there later. I think all the televisions
are rigged at our Hotel. D.F. and D.C. turned theirs on and a porno
was on. By the time they changed the channel, they'd been billed
19- 4:34 a.m... Went to the club, Rytmeposen, and there was a band
that was playing from L.A. Can't remember their name but they were
completely diabolical. We met some Arthur Lee fans plus some people
who were just groovy. They gave us free beer and showed us around
the venue. It looked like an old church. It's actually a community
center where all the people who work there, mostly students, volunteer.
After the club closed, we went to this party that was within walking
distance of our Hotel. Fairweather never made it. I think he probably
slept in. The party was fun but Chapple drank too much Tequila and
started looking a bit wobbly so we all went back to the Hotel. One
of the guys was nice enough to walk back with us to make sure we
made it alright. It was raining hard and I think it still is! The
Lobby Attendant just ordered me 2 Ham and Cheese Sandwiches and
3 Carlsberg Beers. They look good. Charged it to Arthur's room (#209).
11:01 a.m... Woke up hung over. Daddio and I just catch breakfast.
He slept the whole time we did all that stuff. The Hotel buffet
looked good enough to eat so we dug in. I had Frosted Flakes, Coffee,
Liverwurst, eggs and juice. They gave Daddio and Rusty their own
rooms so now Daddio is in #308 and Rusty's in #201. Chapple and
I stayed put. I have a nice view of a park and a statue from my
4:40 p.m... I was asleep for something like 4 hours. Went downstairs
at 3 p.m. and finally met Gene Kraut. He lives in Stockholm so I
assumed he was Swedish but he's not. He's from New York. He used
to work for Hannibal Records years ago when they had Richard Thompson
and, of course, everyone knows they had Nick Drake. Gene use to
have a Radio Show in Stockholm. Apparently, Radio Sweden is not
very good. Gene's T-Shirt read: RADIO SWEDEN SUCKS...WE SUCK LESS!
Gene gave us all LOVE Tour sweatshirts. They're black with red writing.
They look cool. We have Sound check in 20 minutes.
9:19 p.m... Rusty, Chapple and I went to the "Golden Arches"
right before Sound check (@ 5 p.m.). We all had Mc Chickens and
I must say, they were quite exquisite! One can only wonder what
Europe was like before they had Mc Donald's. Tonight's show is being
broadcast live on Danish Radio and recorded on a 24 track machine.
I wish a live broadcast were being heard later in the tour, this
being the first show n' all. But, hey, get in where you fit in,
right? Sound check took fucking forever but we got everything straight,
I guess. The mics were feeding back and the sound was very spotty
but, all in all, it should work. We checked with 7&7 IS, AND
MORE AGAIN and YOUR MIND AND WE BELONG TOGETHER. Our dressing room
is big and we have a few cases of beer, some sandwiches, fruit and
2 bottles of red wine. After the show, we're gonna smuggle sandwiches
back to the Hotel so we'll have some edibles on the 3-1/2 hour train
ride to Copenhagen tomorrow. After sound check, Gene took us to
a Thai restaurant around the corner from the Hotel. Everyone was
there plus this guy named BENT. Bent is our Road Manager for the
shows in Denmark. I'm not quite sure what he does exactly but he
spends a lot of time on his cellular phone and rolls very fat joints.
We love this guy! He's very quiet, though. Tonight's' show is at
9 p.m. and I need to be at the club @ 8:30. This Hotel is so beautiful.
And everything is so green here, probably because of all the rainfall
that Denmark gets. I haven't seen the sunshine since we were on
20- 9 a.m... Last night's show was very, very sloppy. The whole
time, Gene was looking at me and I was thinking he was gonna put
us on the next plane to Los Angeles! But I learned something about
Gene; he's very smart and he doesn't panic. We played for almost
an hour and came out for an encore. Arthur wanted to do 7&7
IS but Rusty said "NO" because we'd already done it in
the set. Of course, Arthur persisted and got his way. All tapes
of that show have been destroyed- and rightfully so! Afterwards,
we partied with some Danish fans who were really nice. I smoked
some hash with the sound guy, Jan (pronounced: Yawn), in the basement
and a cool chick named, Eva. Rusty, Chapple, Daddio and I sat around
the basement with them drinking beers and taking pictures. Danish
people are very friendly. Jan apologized for the sound problems.
Hopefully, tonight's show will be much better. At the moment, I'm
having breakfast which is just a cinnamon swirl, hard boiled egg,
coffee and cheese. We have to be at the train station in 2 hours
(11 a.m.). The club we're playing at in Copenhagen is called PUMPHAUSEN,
which means, "Water House." Bent is from Copenhagen and
promises to show us around on our day off tomorrow. I need to fax
Mike "Ringo" Harrison our Tour Itinerary. He's in London
with Richard "Tap the Rockies" Meehan, who got his nickname
from his occasional purchases of the Coors Beer brand. We'll meet
up with them next week in London where they'll sell CDs and t-shirts
for Arturo. Gene just showed me a fax he received from Rosanna and
Carlos, who run ROTO Records in Spain, explaining something about
a gig in Madrid where they'd fly all of us out or something like
that. We know ROTO well enough to know that could mean anything.
Must pack now. Trains leave on time here. It's still raining and
I still haven't seen the sun.
4 p.m... Just arrived in Copenhagen by train and ferry. About 30
students (12-13 year old girls) kept asking us for our autographs
while we were relaxing on the ferry! I don't think they knew who
we were but since they did know we were from L.A. and on tour, that
made us FAMOUS. Our Hotel is called WEBERS HOTEL and the FUGEES
are also staying here. The Hotel is nice but small. Our sound check
is @ 6 p.m. Arthur had a huge mini-bar bill from the Odense Plaza
Hotel ($300 ).
5 p.m... The Hotel gave us free drink coupons so Daddio, Rusty and
I went downstairs for a cocktail. Chapple's asleep so we took his
coupon. I wish it would stop raining. The club is only 5 min. from
the Hotel but it seems to take 10 min. by cab. Go figure. Since
it's still raining we'll take a cab for sure.
8:36 p.m... The cab ride was 33.00kr, which is about $6. Sound check
went pretty well. We went over some tunes that I don't think Arthur
has sung in years like HEY JOE, YOU SET THE SCENE and SHE COMES
IN COLORS. They sounded cool except Arthur sort of forgot some of
the words so Rusty had to tell him in his ear, which really irritated
Rusty. Hmm.... every time I try to tell a joke, David Chapple gives
away the punch line... After sound check, Gene took all of us to
an Indian restaurant called, "Indian Palace." The food
was good but my Lentil soup tasted like Chapple's boots! We have
to be back at the Pumphausen by 9 p.m. And it's still raining and
I'm sick of getting drenched.
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