Robyn Hitchcock with Minus 5
Concert appearance: Thu., 2 Mar. 2006
Eugene, Oregon US
supported by Steve Wynn and the Miracle 3
Only the Stones Remain
I Got the Hots
I Feel Beautiful
Madonna of the Wasps
Sally Was A Legend
Rain (The Beatles)
Eight Miles High (Byrds)
I Wanna Destroy You
Queen of Eyes
Listening To the Higsons
A page from Steve Wynn's tour diary:
Everything looks easy when you're sitting at home in front of a computer screen. Book a tour with long drives and no days off? No problem-just a few inches on a map and a click of the mouse and it's DONE. Toss in a radio show or two in the afternoons? Absolutely-if you feel good when you actually book the show, there's no reason why you won't feel good when you have to wake up at 6am to actually get to the station on time. Okay, I guess sometimes I overextend and overestimate the physical capabilities of my touring partners but the challenge of the near-impossible reaps even larger rewards when you actually look back on what you've done. See? I've almost convinced YOU, dear reader! Imagine what I can do from two feet away in the van!
And we are sitting in the van right now on our 250 mile drive from Eugene to Seattle and I think we're on schedule to get to KEXP just in time for our 2pm load-in. Kirk is behind the wheel, Linda is checking her Blackberry, Dave is on his cell phone and wishing some mysterious person a Happy Birthday and I'm here typing. Elvis Costello is singing "Tiny Steps" on the iPod shuffle that's fed into the van tape deck. You are HERE. Do you want a sip of my coffee?
We're all a little fried after our equivalent of a Class Reunion last night at Sam Bond's in Eugene. We had a night off until a few weeks ago and this didn't go unnoticed by the club's booker Diane who asked if we wanted to be the surprise guest for a Robyn Hitchcock/Minus 5 show. And even though it was 100 miles out of the way, I couldn't resist. See? Just a "yes" and a mouse click. Too easy. But this was well worth it, a chance to hang out with good friends like Peter Buck, Scott McCoughey and Bill Rieflin and to spend time with Robyn Hitchcock whose band the Soft Boys was a HUGE influence on the Dream Syndicate (compare their "Strange" to my "When You Smile" and you'll see what I mean). What a night! Four hours of exciting music, lots of great conversation, a few beers, some pizza, a few laughs and the chance to catch up with people that we see in cities and backstages and hotels in the most unlikely of places. It was like a class reunion except that nobody tried to sell me insurance or a time share in the Bahamas. Not that I remember anyway.
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