Mad Season Sells Tickets In A Few Mad Minutes


temporary Seattle super-group, Mad Season, gave their first

public performance last week at the Crocodile Cafe in their Washington

hometown. It was billed as a Record Release party and attendance was

by invitation only. The strange thing was that their CD, Above,

has been out since March 14. Those Seattle natives are a little slow,

but this is ridiculous. There wasn't supposed to be an opening act,

but the members of Mad Season (Mike McCready from Pearl Jam, Barrett

Martin from Screaming Trees, and John Baker Sanders) (with the

exception of Layne Staley of Alice In Chains) waltzed out on stage

with Pete Droge in tow. This subset of the supergroup did three

numbers before Droge took a bow and said, "I'm Outta Here," to

replaced by the aforementioned Staley. Mad Season played for a mad

hour, inviting Mark Lannegan from Screaming Trees to accompany them on

"Lifeless Dead." Peter Buck was in the crowd, but nobody invited him

to do anything. But then he's had a lot on his mind lately. Eddie

Vedder wasn't in the crowd, but then he wouldn't be, since he and Beth

were in Atlanta performing in their own Hover Craft on the Mike Watt

tour. Just so you don't think we imagined this, Mad Season is playing

one more show at the Moore Theater in Seattle, before they

self-destruct and return to their home teams. Unfortunately, this

might as well have been a mirage, since the show was sold out­­all

2500 tickets sold in a record six minutes. Do you think the Beastie

Boys know about this? There is a rumor that the band might do a two

week mini-tour through the hinterlands, before Pearl Jam begin their

tour. We'll keep you posted.