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    the taped preshow soundbyte (I think J said it was snippit of Charlie Richie? yelling at his band) started playing

    wrong… it was Buddy Rich

    <BLOCKQUOTE><font>quote:</font><HR> Apparently the tapes used for "My Buddy" are none other than Buddy Rich
    himself, bawling out his band. Presumably someone in the band had the good
    sense of mind to record his lunatic ramblings. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
    taken from The Mike Watt/Minutemen/fIREHOSE mailing list

    who is Buddy Rich?



    Ok, so much happened at the show I may end up adding more to this as I remember it. Some good news in here!

    I emailed Watt Saturday morning to see if he could get me on the list and he said no problem. Ultimatum had said it was set up before but I wanted to make sure because I had lost some email with the server move and the pc crash… Anyway, he said no problem and our journey began later that day.

    Robert (S9), Emily and myself pulled into the parking lot @ Tremont we saw Mike Watt walking inside. We made a b-line to the door saying hello to some friends on the way over. After ringing the bell, a member of the club staff came to the door and said that everyone had left to get dinner. We new Watt had just walked inside but we just walked over and talked my friends and wait. About 2 minutes later, the guy came out and said that he did not know Watt was there and let us in. This is the first time I had really talked to Watt. The first time I met him was @ the Chapel Hill show a few months earlier and I was in such shock from J and them for the first time that I said very little. I asked him if he would mind signing some posters for a future contest to be held here. He was in an office so he could dial in and catch up on email and post the latest diaries. Talked about some upcoming gigs and found out that Ron Asheton, Steve MacKay (Stooges Sax), Flea and Jello Biafra will be joining them @ some of the Cali gigs (you lucky dogs better be doing some taping [img]images/smiles/icon_razz.gif[/img] ). Did I mention there was going to be some cool news here [img]images/smiles/icon_smile.gif[/img] He also gave us a lesson on Apple computers which I personally have not messed with much. Don’t want to get too geeky here but I will say that I was extrememly impressed with the stability and I am now putting a lot of consideration into leaving the pc world… I’ll tell you that the man if from the old school computing world and is a freaking endless wealth of knowledge.

    From here we went into the club and saw Eric Fischer (tour manager) and talked to him for a while. Asked how he got into the business and he had a pretty funny story. (I hope I don’t ruin it) Some guys he went to college with had a band but after they graduated they disbanded. One guy still had a strong belief that something would come of it so he kept sending out the demos and eventually got a deal. They asked Eric if he would be their soundman and even though he had never done that he agreed and later went on to manage them. Well, on a later tour, the band (the name is on the tip of my tongue right now) was going to be opening up for Dinosaur. J’s father had just died and he wanted to go home. To get out of the tour, he fired the opening band which he new would piss the tour sponsors enough to cancel. (there is so much missing in there…) A couple years later, Eric was hosting a party on his boat and there were a number of other bands there. In walks J and Eric kicks him off the boat. After a while they bump into one another through mutual friends and laugh about everything. He has been J’s tour manager since 1997. (I know I ruined that story. Eric, if you read this and don’t mind helping me fill in the blanks….) They also said that I was on the list for the previous nights show so I guess Thanh-Thanh had the days mixed up (She still rocks) [img]images/smiles/icon_razz.gif[/img]

    J came out and said hey and we began to talk. I was asking how the tour was and such. He said it was going great and they seem to be having a great time. J said the opening bands bass player (tim "dancer" herzog) helped on the first leg of the Fog tour and that he borrowed his guitar strap. They swapped it out with a bondage strap that somone gave them earlier in the tour. He, of course, did not know this until he got on stage and put it on and it dropped below his waist [img]images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif[/img] J said he should approve since the bondage strap was vinyl and he is a vegan. hehe Got J and George to sign the posters and returned them to the car for safe keeping.

    Came back inside and went backstage with J and talked some more while he played acoustic guitar. Asked about Hand It Over possibly being re-released because I had noticed that most places that carry it state that it is out of print and that they are low in stock. He said he would look into it. Also asked about Dinosaur and he said that he owns the rights for that so he will try to get some more printed up [img]images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif[/img] Asked if he had done any recent producing and he said ‘Beechwood Sparks’ had done some recording at Bob’s Place. He said that Rhino Records will be releasing a Dino Greatest Hits record soon. They are doing this on thier own so the tracks may vary from the earlier planned one. They have been recording a bunch of the shows and we can expect to see something released in some form or another in the future. I asked about a possible video comp and he thought that was a pretty good idea too [img]images/smiles/icon_smile.gif[/img]
    *J said he was in a ‘reality’ show in Holland (I believe). The concept was that they put x musicians in a house for x weeks and see what kind of songs come out of it. He said he walked out after a few days because it was so lame but has a copy of the show on tape. (Hope I can get a copy of this oneday)!!
    Life as Laughter (which J said he really likes) was wrapping up their set while J was marking the setlist up. Watt put in a special request for Maggot Brain after talking to some fans that had driven 3+ hours to be there. I made my way out so that I could get a good spot near the stage.
    Took our place was on the left side of the stage in front of Watt (where I met nick who was about to video the show)

    They were in top form! This is the first time I had ever heard Budge or Repulsion live (in person) and they were amazing. I wished I lived in NY or LA you lucky bastards get the Hellride shows because the Stooges covers leave you hungry for more… J wailed through what had to be a 15+ minute version of the Ammaring with a solo that was nothing short of amazing. When they played the Everything Flows medley (as they did @ the peel sessions) I had to smile because a few weeks ago Watt mailed me for a link to the mp3 so they could re-learn it for the tour. They did an amazing version of it!!! For the encore they added maggot brain and for Just Like Heaven tim "dancer" herzog came out and screamed the ‘YOU’ parts so for a brief moment the band was a four piece!

    The show wrapped up and Eric gave me some shirts and stickers to giveaway (again for upcoming contests). We talked to everyone a but more and, met Hatchetface, which cracked J up when he said that was his name on the boards.

    Went home and crashed

    This was the best dino/j show I have seen to date and I can’t wait to get copies up for the site!!! I know I left some stuff off and rambled a good bit but as the name says, I am the admonisher so I can do that [img]images/smiles/icon_wink.gif[/img] If I think of more or get some corrections mailed to me I’ll add to this…

    If they come to your town go see them. If they come to a nearby town go see them. If they come to a town a friend live in go see them… Make sure you go up and say hello to all of them. They are all super nice guys!

    jeremiah – still in shock from an amazing evening.

    [ April 17, 2001: Message edited by: jeremiah ]



    Great post (review) "admonisher." The show was nothing short of amazing… can’t wait to see J + The Fog again.



    thanks nick [img]images/smiles/icon_smile.gif[/img] It was nice meeting you, sorry I missed you at the Chapel Hill Show. Thanks for the setlist(s) too. [img]images/smiles/icon_smile.gif[/img]

    Also wanted to add in regards to my review – grammer and spelling be damned. [img]images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]

    [ April 17, 2001: Message edited by: jeremiah ]



    Great review, Jeremiah! [img]images/smiles/icon_smile.gif[/img]

    That tv show was indeed in Holland, I think the VPRO broadcasted it a few years ago. I saw one of the episodes, but not the one where J was supposed to be in. The main idea of the show was that the musicians had to prepare a concert together, with new material. Not really a ‘reality’ show in the Survivor-sense, but more a way to show how the process of songwriting and making music can work. A pretty cool idea, but it’s not easy to make it work. Especially because they chose to put all kinds of very different musicians together.


    [ April 18, 2001: Message edited by: jasper ]



    Great review, thanks tons for all the information…definitely up for a live release never mind a video comp…too cool!!
    The Rhino deal sounds pretty cool as well, boxed set would be just fine by me…anything would be actually. [img]images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]

    Sounds like it was quite the show, 15 minute Ammaring the thought is killing me…must have been incredible!!! Amazing not only Ron Asheton but the sax player as well on the west coast…somebody PLEASE tape those shows!!!

    I don’t think I could have slept for at least 3 days following that type of nite…very cool and thanks for sharing all that great info!!! [img]images/smiles/icon_razz.gif[/img]



    Great review and information Jeremiah, thanks
    a lot. Thank you as well for creating and
    maintaining this kick-ass site. I visit here
    every day and it’s my main source of J infos.

    I am jealous of you guys who went to the
    Charlotte show… Saturday night I was at a
    movie and I couldn’t help wishing I was many
    miles away in North Carolina hanging out with
    all of you and rockin’ with J & the Fog.

    A live album sounds great, I’d be first in
    line to buy it. How about a box set
    documenting J’s live performances over the
    past 17 years or so?

    Seems like J plays "the Wagon" at every show
    except the one’s I go to! What’s up with
    that? I’ve only heard it once in 4 shows!

    How about we plan a get-together for all the
    J fans from this site so we can meet each
    other, trade bootlegs and memorabilia, J
    can show up and play some songs, kind of like
    those KISS conventions in the early 90’s.
    Who’s with me?

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