Chicago, Illinois 5-5-97
In the basement at WNUR
while Tim and Andy figure out how to play all our hits on bass and guitar
through a single amplifier.
We got here hoping we weren't expected to
perform, that it would just be an interview -- last time we played live here it
took the engineer three hours to plug in our fucking headphones, so we were
pretty leery about the whole thing. If we keep it simple, though, we'll be
fine. And I, of course, won't have to do a thing, thank goodness.
was a far better show than I'd expected. There were genuine fans present -- a
couple of guys who drove all the way from Minneapolis, poor fellas, and then
the local crowd who were fairly supportive. One guy kept yelling for Slowburn
until Andy actually pulled out his weenie and peed on the fool. We played well,
though, after I dropped my sticks about 20 times during Garden City Blues and
Timmy whacked me over the head with bottle of Ginger Beer.
We were put up
in a swank visiting-professor guest house, and James and I went to an actual
college party. I struck out with a girl from Queen Anne Hill and slept in the
bathtub until the cops woke me at 7 a.m., at which time I ran back to the guest
house, woke everyone up, packed the van and drove in a panic to Madison, Wis.,
where we experienced, I pray, the absolute worst show of the tour. We played 4
songs and were very, very eager to leave. I won't elaborate further, but let me
say I am happy to be in Chicago, excited to see old friends, and eager as a
rabid fucking dog to play a real rock show.
We've been surrounded by
college kids for the last few days, and it's been a little rough. They can't
cook well, they can't cook enough, they either can't talk or they don't know
when to shut up, and they live in the most hideous conditions.... I feel sorry
for them, but honestly, I just don't feel this sort of lifestyle is something I
benefit from being exposed to. And even if I wanted to help, what could I do?
Stayed in a Motel 6 last night; ate at a Taco Bell this morning.
Sorry this is brief. I can't remember all the details.