July 19: We stayed at the Hotel Weston (i.e., Bob's house), pleasant as always. Slow getting out of town, picking up some gear. Picking up some sandwiches. Watching the endless rain coming down and feeling sorry for everyone who is at Pitchfork today. What can we do -- we're playing in Detroit tonight.
Well, there's one thing you can say about Michigan -- it's one helluva lot flatter than Massachusetts. AND I was able to pick up a few 6-packs of Michigan's fabled Bell's brewery: one of the best in the U.S.
The Bohemian National Home. Detroit DIY.Woh. Classic Detroit "alternate" venue, this Bohemian National Home. In an area no one would ever imagine a club would be. Detroit's fall in the '60's left alot of empty buildings. This one has been taken over by very intelligent and astute art-types -- Detroit DIY is another thing altogether. Really interesting. I grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which some people associate with Detroit. However, Ann Arbor is a midwest college town: Detroit is a city that basically burnt itself out -- there is virtually no similarity. However, I've come to love Detroit's tenacity and their much more rugged DIY. Stairway from Dressing Room (door on right) to Ballroom/stage upstairs.Show was quite good, and saw a lot of friends from my earlier days in Ann Arbor. But it was really really hot, no AC in this building, only one fan on my side. By the end I realized I was gettin' that "heat stroke" vibe. Excessive heat fucks me up. Maybe my ancestors were all from above the arctic circle, I don't know. But all in all, a really fun time. Always glad to make it to Detroit, where people really appreciate it. They went out of their way to see we were happy.July 20: Now we're in the Detroit airport ready to fly to Chicago then to Boston. I got through the "strip zone" without taking my sandals off at Logan, but they nailed me here. (Probably the velcro on them could be used to attach itself to the pilot's pants and drag him off his captain's bench). Coupla nice nights of rock, overall. Can't wait for a coupla nights of nice sleep.