Tuesday, February 3, 2009

On the Road w/ the Paul Collins Beat and Gentleman Jesse: Feb. 1, Cleveland.

Posted By on Tue, Feb 3, 2009 at 5:29 AM

Date line:  10:40 a.m. February 1 at Erin's very cool house some where in Cleveland. The sun is shinning hard and melting off the mountains of snow. It feels like spring is on it's way. We only have a 2 hour drive to Pittsburgh and it's looking like it will be a good Super Bowl Sunday.

Let's back track to snow-bound Milwaukee. We left town and hit the road for another gruelling, hellacious drive, but this time we didn't get lost. The elements where doing all they could to fuck us up, but we were on a mission and nothing was gonna stop us now. We made it to the windy city with enough time to dogg-it down at Dough's famous hot dog joint. We met up with Anna and Travis and they escorted us over to the dog house, which was packed as usual. We damn near froze to death as we waited outside to get in. Dough was happy to see us and when he found out that we were indeed the Gentleman Jesse / Paul Collins fabulous road show he invited us all to whatever we wanted... very cool dude, as Warren would say. Jesse and Warren had the rattle snake sausage while the rest of us had more normal fare. It was good as it always is.

After that we made it over to the Beat Kitchen for sound check. The club is an all pro room. No one was sick so we sounded like rock gods as we checked our sound. We were feeling good and when John the club manager told us he had been getting calls all day and that there where already 60 tickets sold we knew we were looking at a packed house. Tonight there are 4 bands on the bill, Jimmy and his Westerns, The Dials and us.

After a sumptuous dinner in the dressing room and multiple whiskeys it was show time. The room was packed with kids young and old... This tour is really picking up steam. Gentleman Jesse and his Men were in fine form and the crowd ate it up like a hot dog as they ripped through their set. I have not been able to get "I Don't Want To Know (Where You Been Tonight)" out of my head for at least 3 days now... They're a really great band. Jesse has a very distinctive voice. It reminds me sometimes of Elvis Costello and at other times of Peter Case, two great singers. After a brief break we where on stage. It felt great having Jesse, Warren and Dave behind me. They are a great back-up band and we roared through our set, which has become a sonic blast of what has to be most of my best songs. By the time we hit the encore with "Hanging on the Telephone," "Letter to G" and "Walking Out On Love" we had the crowd in the palms of our hands! I got in major trouble for smoking a cigarette on stage, so without really doing anything really bad or illegal we lived up to the rock n' roll creed. It was freezing out side but we were hot and sweaty on our way back to Anna's for a good nights sleep.

The next day it was business as usual. We got lost trying to get out of town and it took us all day to get to Cleveland and Now That's Class for yet one more night of high octane rock n' roll. The show was good but a bit strange. Gentleman Jesse definitely was the main attraction and the fans where there to see them. I didn't mind because we were all getting our fair share of kudos and I been doing this for a long time so I know how it goes. The club had a skate board ramp in it and there were a lot of skaters in the crowd. After the show there where the usual fights and wrestling and some guy even put a bicycle onto 2 guys who were duking it out... Now you know why they have the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. We loaded out and headed over to Erin's house for some homemade Lasagna which was delicious. We have been lucky on this tour, we get a lot of hospitality from the friends of Gentleman Jesse.

To be continued....

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