I wake up in Pompano Beach. The sun is shining, but it is not 2 hot + humid. I take a walk while everybody else still sleeps. Can’t find any coffee place + Buddie decides we should cruise the town w the bus. He unhitches the trailer + we leave in search of coffee. We finally find a place called Gourmet Bagel + Coffee + get some coffee there.
On the way back 2 the theater I get dropped off @ a Sound Warehouse where I buy 5 CDs: Billy Cobham’s “Spectrum”, One Dove, U.F.O.rb, some ambient collection by Wax Trax (!) + a CD by a group called Orbital.
I take a walk down 2 the beach, along the beach + back that takes about 2 hours while the crew is loading in + setting up. No magazine shops, no real coffee houses. Some beautiful women on the beach + some of those old lizards. 60-70 year old women baking in the sun w little white cups on their eyes, their skin looking like ancient cracked leather.
I shave my head + try the #1 setting which turns out 2 B a little extreme. It might surprise the Epic honchos on Monday + illustrate our point of needing a little time off. I haven’t even had time 2 go 2 the dentist!
The show turns out good, once we get used 2 people walking around, getting beers, talking a little etc… @ the end we get a standing ovation. After the encore I get a note from Calvin, that says a Bob Gross from Darkworld is in the audience. It’s Bob from The Dark. He says they even got 2gether 4 a 10 year reunion gig a few months back + the Young Snakes w Aimee Mann opened up 4 them. Bob Familiar married the Persian girl Mandy I went out with for a while + has 2 kids w her. She graduated as an engineer from Northeatern University. Memories, memories… I told Bob 2 stay in touch via the address on the back of the last 2 albums.
On the way 2 the bus the Pompano Beach City Commissioner said Hello + invited us 2 go Deep Sea fishing w him the nex time we R in town… as if…
Last night Jon + I took a cab 2 Hyde Park + had dinner @ the Cactus Grill. Kinda Southwestern food + 2 1/2 margaritas each. Back @ the Residence Inn I watched some of the Vietnam film “Casualties of War”.
Houston @ 12:30am: the show is getting better. The lights seemed way cool 2night + the music gels more every night. Duende Del Amor still is my best performance I think. Another few shows + we should B smoking.
I have lots o’ ideas 4 the -opium
The 3rd gig @ the Caravan of Dreams was the best. Many people jammed in the standing room zone. The 1st piece w it’s added sounds from the CD “one” + the police radio sample in the section w the industrial drum sounds left the audience quiet + wondering what would happen next.
Snakecharmer was next + pulled them in. Gr8 audience, nice + lively w screamers + movers.
R called me from Hawaii yesterday afternoon. I don’t know how she got my number @ the Worthington. She said she would have some Vietnamese food send 2 us @ Rice University in Houston where we R playing 2night.
We arrived in Houston @ Rice @ 9:30am. No coffeehouses around campus. I walked 2 hours + didn’t find a book or magazine shop or cool espresso place. Lights were supposed 2 B here by noon. They didn’t arrive until 2:30pm. Deposit wasn’t fully paid until Stefan told the promoter we wouldn’t play w/o full payment of deposit.
New developements: Epic wants us 2 open up 4 Julio @ Radio City Music Hall in NYC. 5 or 6 nights. We won’t get any money really, but the pay-off would B 2 B able 2 tour in Europe + other markets some time next year. That’s a big maybe….. in the meantime we would have 2 cancel shows in NYC, Philly, D.C. etc…. loyal fans would B pissed off that have already bought tickets 2 our own shows…
The preasure builds. 1st Bolt-on then Julio….Stefan will talk 2 the president of Epic directly + settle the matter… hopefully.
I talked 2 ND about the live CD cover. She will come w a photographer 2 San Francisco. Shoot a couple of the nights @ the Gr8 American Music Hall. Told her about the remix CD as well. Something crazy, like making insects come out of my mouth…. butterflies… making my eyes even bluer or purple, or yellow… I should send her the info I have already 4 both records… tell her that the next record will B called “opium” etc…
3:30pm – time 2 practise some guitar.
Last night T took Stefan, Jon + me 2 a “gr8 Italian restaurant” in Dallas that really wasn’t that gr8.
Then he took us 2 Cabaret Royale were T took us 2 the VIP room pretending 2 B an EPIC rep. Silly cone tits everywhere. A Portuguese girl w a vampire shtick danced 2 Nine Inch Nails. We had one drink + drove back 2 the hotel. I channel surfed the TV 4 a little while, but nothing looked interesting. I fell asleep around 2am.