Friday, January 27, 2012
The recurring image in my head of this show is one that I did not even witness for myself. Jamie told me that during the Culture Club segment of our performance her sister Carol shared smiles with a particularly macho member of Zeppelin Hall's Security personnel as he stood shaking his head in bemusement at Rob's costumed and caricatured depiction of Boy George thoroughly enjoying himself yet possibly wondering why.
This is why we are the right tribute band at the right tribute time doing the right tribute things in the right tribute way and rightly so.
Tonight was Eric's premiere performance with us live and we played splendidly together (I just wanted to type Splendidly) and without a hitch considering that we had only "run through" maybe thirty percent of our set together performing many songs together for the first time here tonight onstage, (herein lies a proud accomplishment as seasoned musicians). Unique arrangements to this band were met head on with little Flubbishness by Eric and this ensemble as we barreled through the proverbial 80s Bierhalle Kielbasa Tunes just like always.
a spooky picture with a lot of character.
Between Set Schmoozing.
Our Solid Gold Dancers.
Eric and Rob Rocking Out.
Who goes to a german biergarten and orders a Philly Cheese Steak ? I DO!!! This was a Delicious Sandwich but I ordered too late and got in one bite before having to begin our set.
This Is Show # 152
Monday, January 23, 2012
Tonight was our third return performance/engagement at the spacious and lovely Brooklyn Bowl at 61 Wythe Avenue and always a pleasure to appear at.
THE PROS - Full Backline (sans guitars,keys and cymbals), We are performing at the Brooklyn Bowl which is probably Brooklyn's finest room, aside from a certain bartender (dare I call him anything else) the Brooklyn Bowl has an accommodating and pleasant staff from top to bottom, Proper stage, Proper Green Room, Excellent on-stage monitors/mixes, complimentary hot water for my Theraflu.
THE CONS - I forgot Nancy's wigs which were newly transferred to my living room inside my bass drum/no bass drum/no wigs. This is being remedied tomorrow and we are keeping all the costumes together, Our Drummer (me) is weak and sick with a coldflucough, when ordering a drink a hipster member of the wait staff reminded me that "Gratuities arent included with the drink ticket" the nerve of him as I am working too (to keep people from leaving!!! hence less tips), I would have set his beard on fire but I quit smoking so my Zippo was back home in the drawer.
We perform our newest rendition of Barry Manilow's "Copacabana", OK I Joke, Really. J.C. is our underrated singer, This man can sing.
BONO: A Space Oddysey.
Rob does a great job (and many fan photos are taken as well, usually mid-performance).
One of the finest singers I have worked with, Nancy - signed spike.
Nancy points Dave in the direction of the nearest Indian restaurant but we needed him at the moment.
Dave hands off the 99th Red Balloon, a first for the band.
I had to hoof it (via car service) to the Bowl with gig bag, cymbal bag and bad cold (a common health deficit) so lazily decided to utilize the in house snare drum as opposed to bringing my beloved maple DW snare and I was not disappointed. a wee bit high pitched but then again I didn't attempt to retune it. The Tama Starclassic is my second favorite snare drum on the market (I still haven't tried a Gretsch however) so it was fun all around and lighter to carry as well since I couldn't leave with it and bringing it into the venue would certainly be defying the laws of physics as are currently known.
Nachos - I nursed these in the green room throughout the evening and as far as I can tell the toppings were Refried Beans, Beef (Ground ?), Monterey Jack Cheese AND Corn (sending it over the top). ooo, I see some red peppers I think as well. Either way no explanation needed and no time to decipher, this is Nosh Food.
in house schedule poster.
online promotion. brooklyn bowl website
This Is Show # 151
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Certainly not one of my better nights performing as I popped the bass drum head just a few numbers into our first (of 3) sets during "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" by Tears for Fears and Nancy and myself were feeling under the weather causing Nancy's cancellation making it a male 80s band show with Paul and J.C. handling vocal duties between Rob's costume changes, The crowd did not seem to notice and were as raucous as ever. Kudos to Rob for ducking a patron landing on top of him whilst in his Bono lying on the floor guise of which I only heard of after the fact.
I don't see anything from my vantage point.
Diamond Head Dave and his flying V.
Dave and myself perform "A Whiter Shade Of Pale" prior to our set. NOT!!!
My little corner at the Heritage.
Dublin style Fish & Chips served with Baked Beans, Coleslaw and Tartar Sauce in faux newspaper wax paper with Lemon wedges.
This Is Show # 150
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
What struck me almost immediately about Ratty's (Peter Hince) book was that this is a QUEEN book not so much about our ... QUEEN but about Working for Queen and being part of the road crew (in this case tour manager) which one may find on the surface a daunting and pedestrian task unworthy of recording... on the contrary this is a most exciting subject full of guile, heroism, bicycle races, zeal and swiss chicks giving up their bodies all for the love of Rock and Roll..
Saturday, January 14, 2012
The Good Yeggs - Beefstock South/The Plastic Beef Variety Show - Freddy's Backroom 1/14/12 Brooklyn, New York
The Precursor to BEEFSTOCK 2012 was held at Freddy's by the band's with the band's and for the band's appearing this year of which the Good Yeggs will be amongst the roster.
The lineup tonight is below, we were running behind schedule as can be expected at these type of things.
6:30 - PLASTIC BEAST - (hand percussion welcome to sit in)
8:00 - BLACK DEATH w/THE BEER VAMPIRE
8:45 - NOHRMAL
8:50 - THE NOPAR KING w/LITTLE JOE IACONO
9:20 - POWER DROID
9:30 - SOLAR PUNCH
10:00 - ADMIRAL PORKBRAIN
10:35 - ERIC MATTINA
10:45 - THE GOOD YEGGS w/TOM ROBERTO
11:30 - THE BLOODY MUFFS
12:00 - THE BEAST
1:00 - OPEN BLUES JAM - (let me know in advance if interested)
Admiral Porkbrain came as a surprise to me being a Captain Beefheart tribute band amongst the proceedings, the opening song was "Moonlight On Vermont".
The Yegg's convened unto Freddy's just before 8 p.m. to check out Brian's Death Metal band BLACK DEATH and held a lengthy evening of wine, scotch, vodka, conversations about Gibson SG's, rolls, cough drops and chocolate covered cherries whilst careening in and out of the back room checking out all of the bands until our turn came. Aside from my count off to "Stranger Coming To Town" being 1-2-3-4 as opposed to the correct 1-2-3-4-2-2-3-4 we performed without incident or error and had a really good gig.
Thanks to Joe Cowell for emceeing our segment and Joseph Filosa for putting this all together.
Well, who's drink is who's ?
there's three yegg's and three drink's
There would have been more of this but my memory card ran out. Narcissistic, Moi ?
Friday, January 13, 2012
Ask a bus driver on the corner of 9th & Hennepin what a magnet bitch and get out of free jail card means and the shaman may reply "chicken salad or" ???... the comedian may also reply "when the still sea conspires",... whatever. what is important is that there is a reply. and now about tonight.
The Zeppelin Hall of Jersey City is a Great Room(s) and I can really only imagine what it is like there in the summer months (but look forward to finding out) once again a packed house and we were hard pressed to find a table ourselves pre-show.
By the finale of tonight's performance the crowd was quite appreciative of our musical efforts and showed it with exuberance. Bon Jovi, G n R, Poison, The Ramones and Beastie Boys all went over big time to end the third set with a Bang.
Premiered this evening was Culture Club's "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me", Poison's "Talk Dirty To Me" and "Blitzkrieg Bop" by the Ramones
We Whip the crowd into a frenzy.
Dave caught lying down on the job again, Friggin' Bass Players and their SubSonic Ways (This coming from a SuperSonic drummer).
Nice Presentation even if it looks like a Kielbasa.
This Is Show # 149
Friday, January 6, 2012
The Latest Good Times magazine (January 3-16, 2012) is running an article on White Wedding, pick up a copy and watch this spot for the transcript after this issue goes out of print, off the stands and into the aether.
Thanks Sara(h) for the glowing write up.
Good Times magazine has been in circulation in the tri-state area for over 40 years.
my view "down the block" towards Guitar Center.
Good Times Magazine
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Sometimes things really come full circle and this was one of those occasions. As soon as I approached the entrance to our new rehearsal space, spied the gas station on the corner and saw the front door (see photo below) I knew I wasn't in Kansas anymore. This was the very rehearsal studio where the Airwaves formed (Two Tigers Studio) and where I first ever met Nancy, Tawni, Dave and Mike back when I tried out for a wedding band my good friend Joe (of the Good Yeggs) had passed the audition for and here we were almost a completely different lineup, five years down the road with considerable miles of experience under our collective belts with an heir of new beginnings and starting over, here's to 2012 exceeding all expectations.
Sorting out something or another, this is why we have rehearsal.
Odd lighting effects (of an odd person) as I set the camera up for the video (see below)
IN the same room together which is proof that Eric and Paul are not the same person.
First photo I took on the night, I knew this doorway only too well.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Jamie and myself had takeout New Years Day dinner prepared courtesy of Bassett Deli of Avenue X, Brooklyn and some of the finest food fare still being offered in our dwindling choices in this "Brave New World" of homemade food restaurants of yore. Next stop Totonno's Pizza before Everything Is Gone, but in the meantime.....
Meatloaf ($4.95 mini loaf), on the vinegar tartish side but we both loved it, gravy was free flowing and given in a separate 1/4 lb. container.
Spanish Rice and Beans with Pernil or some kinda Meat in there (no time to look), done quite to perfection. no grainy or overdone pieces in here.
I am starting a new diet for the New Year 2012, this was marked SALAD,... Tortellini Salad.
Potato Croquette, LOOK AT IT,....
NO,.... LOOK AT IT!!!!!
THE Prosciutto Ball ($3.95 for 6)
(not salty enough to my palette but I could always add some couldn't I ?)
HAPPY NEW YEAR.