Rolling through Wisconsin Dells reminds me of 30 years ago with the Young Fresh Fellows. Tommy Bartlett and the original Dungeon of Horror... There's a lot more new crappy stuff around there now - Great Wolf Lodge and more huge water parks. I'll stick with the original and its quaint charms. But no time to hang around today. We are busting it from Chicago to Minneapolis for the second show of our three-week stint opening for Tweedy. Last night's show was a fun fest on both ends and we are looking forward to more. Jeff and Spencer and the whole band and crew made us feel right at home in their home town. Chicago has always been one of my very favorite cities for playing music, and The Vic was chock full of old friends and it sure was good to see them. First Avenue is sold out tonight - I'll be revisiting the site of various and sundry YFF/Replacements antics. Medieval Times.
The trip started with our own shindig at Kiki's House Of Righteous Music in Madison. Kiki has done almost 150 shows in her rad little basement, and it's always filled with true music lovers and an ultra-friendly vibe. Cheers to Kiki, and all her pals that loaned us gear!
Before the show yesterday we stopped in at the HQ of The Onion, a massive thrill for us. Peter had a well-deserved rest at the hotel so the intrepid guitarist/driver/tour manager John Hill filled in as we knocked out a one-take version of The Runaways' 'Cherry Bomb' for The AV Club. Making magic where all the magic happens.
After the Twin Cities we take on Montana. Maybe we'll stop at Little Big Horn. Love that Big Sky country.
And happy birthday to our bass player extraordinaire Michael Giblin! Sure is a shame that Nye's is closed on Sundays... I was hoping our crafty drummer Linda Pitmon could serenade Mike at the piano bar or at least relive some her glorious days of youth at that world famous watering hole.