Countdown To A Decade:
Another Mike Lonn production, this show featured the SINGER with Dave Chapple on bass (THIS WAS CHAPPLE’S FIRST LIVE PERFORMANCE AS A MEMBER OF LOVE!), me on lead guitar and a young guy named JOHN KENT on drums. See (and i’ll keep it brief, as to not anger any fans), Lonn was cutting corners and figured he’d have the SINGER play an acoustic set w/o the band. Dave Green called Lonn and budgeted something that would work but Lonn balked and that was that. At the last minute, the SINGER called me and asked that I come up with him.
So I rode in his car with my guitar. Chapple was planning a trip anyway to San Fransisco so he brought his bass along. But we had no drummer! The BOTTOM OF THE HILL club was packed with about 300 people and we had no drummer. So i started asking around and a guy said to me, “My friend John grew up listening to LOVE and he’s a drummer!” So I told him to go find John Kent. he brought him over and the guy was a dead ringer for SNOOPY, circa ’65! I showed him the set list and asked if he knew the songs. He nodded “yep” and asked that I cue him every now and then. Well, we pulled it off but it was beyond sloppy and I felt a little embarrased afterwards. I felt the SINGER got taken advantage of. But it was to be water uner the bridge because three months later, we were touring Europe with Gene Kraut.
Our triumphant return! (not!) Actually, the guy who ran the club-one-time LOVE DRUMMER, Len Fagen-asked us to come back and do a show…this time with the whole band! W eplayed a great show and i remember Andrew Sandoval being really impressed and sayong so afterwards. We had Chapple with us and really felt that we had a tighter unit. No disrespect to henry, because Henry was a very able bassist. He was more “punk rock” and the SINGER loved that about him, but we had our sights set on the more “Challenging” material and needed something a little more substantial.
This was the first show of the ’96 summer European tour and this show was also broadcast live on Danish and German radio. The night before we played this show, we went to a party and Chapple got so drunk we had to carry him-literally grab his arms-back to the hotel. Yeah, we had some fun in Denmark. If you are looking for a place to get into trouble, look no further.
Now, I remember this show as not being a very good show, for whatever reason. Jazmaan came along for this tour as well…he kept things fun and interesting. We also met BENT, who became our Scandanavian road manager (or road damager, as he likes to say!)
This was like the “break-out” show for us, in that we really sort of found ourselves. There were about 300-400 people at the show and we just rocked it like nobody’s business. I also remember Bent kicking some chicks out of the backstage area for drinking too much of our wine. We went to a party later on and got f*cked up, big time. I remember the taxi driver ripping us off as well. Dammit all.
Although this place is no longer there, when we played it was a little cozy cafe right on the water. funny, i remember ordering fish and they didn’t have any but they had texas chili. huh? We rocked this place and it was fun, even though it was super small. I remember the sun coming up at like 3am or something like that.
This may have been the best show UP TO THIS POINT. This was our first time (not the Singer’s) in Sweden and it was beautiful! Our hotel was first class and Rusty and i got the penthouse suite, which overlooked Stockholm Square, where people were eating , drinking and shopping. We had a blast and after the show, I met a really cute Swedish girl (who shall remain nameless, to protect the innocent) who showed me around Stockholm AT 2AM, which was a lot of fun! I remember lots and lots of wine…
Another stellar show, in my opinion. We were just getting better and better and more confident with the arrangements. The Swedish people really appreciated the show and I (like a fool) invited a bunch of fans to party in my hotel suite after the show (hey, this was in my wild days, ok? I am MUCH MORE MELLOW now…) but then they wouldn’t leave! So we drank and smoked some interesting substances till daylight. I was hungover beyond belief and I deserved it. Actually, everyone else went to their rooms and Jazmaan and I were left to entertain the party. Or was the party there to entertain us? I remember Gene saying,”You don’t look so good” to me the next morning. He had no idea…