Tour Diary – Kent, OH and Chicago, Ill (April 26 and 27, 2012)

Kent, OH (Kent Theater)
Horrible weather, rainy and cold; Ate an excellent pulled pork sandwich from the Franklin Square Deli; Did some used book browsing; Did some used guitar browsing; Cookie Bob and Crazy Ed showed up with tithes of beer (Southern Tier IPA and Dogfish Head 60 Minute….very tasty); Chuck emerged unscathed from the Cincinnati show; Drank an awesome cup of coffee from Tree City Coffee; A beautiful old theater that could use a little TLC but sounds amazing; The Rangers and Devils moved on; A really enthusiastic and excited audience….it all adds up to a very fun night and enjoyable day.

Chicago, Ill (Old Town School Of Folk)
The expressway leading in to Chicago could give the Cross-Bronx Expressway a run for its money as the country’s worst highway to fall asleep on…if you know what I mean. It was a very early morning, coming after a very late night. Margo and I went off at noon to do some TV (WGN). Later, Jim Powers dropped by the bus. We have known Jim for over twenty years, ever since he first contacted us about a cassette tape called The Trinity Session that we had sent to him…he is the one that signed us to RCA and to Geffen. We owe much of our good fortune to him and over the years he has become a good friend. It was great catching up. We had two shows tonight (both of them sold out), a tough way to end a tour. We are truly beat and beaten. Show number one was a bit careful and searching, but not bad. Show number two was sloppy but in a good natural way…I thought it felt great despite the many mistakes. The audiences for both shows were excellent: enthusiastic and engaged.

This has been a very strange tour. We have travelled a lot of miles in a very short period of time. Some excellent shows, some mediocre shows, lots of hockey, only one miserable experience with a promoter or venue, pretty good weather. The attendance was a little soft in places and downright miniscule in a couple, but for the most part the audiences have been exceptional in their enthusiasm and appreciation, which helps so much on those rainy days, or in those half-filled houses or when your team has just been eliminated, once again, from contention. We will never take that appreciation for granted. It’s time to go home and rest up and get ready for the cross Canada marathon that starts up in June. See you then.

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6 Responses to “Tour Diary – Kent, OH and Chicago, Ill (April 26 and 27, 2012)”

  1. Joel Cox Says:

    April 28th, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Thanks guys, it was a great night. Despite the fact that the theater is a little rough around the edges, I love that place. Great sound, very cozy. Come back soon!

  2. James Martin Says:

    April 28th, 2012 at 8:55 am

    My wife Sandy & I totally enjoyed the concert last night in Chicago. It was totally awesome! Thanks for the great proformance and we hope you tour again soon in the Chicago area or in Wisconsin.

  3. David Stock Says:

    April 28th, 2012 at 11:27 am

    I’ve been a long time fan but never had a chance to see you live until last night.My wife and I attended the second show at Old Town School of Folk, and we loved it. Hope to see you again the next time through.

  4. Barry Says:

    April 28th, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Thanks so much to all!! Had a wonderful time going back to Kent and the show was just spectacular!! They finally got a liquor liscense since the last time you played there which I was quite pleased with.. the 80mgs of Vallium and one killer j before the show was just enhanced. Was in the 4th row center and really had a GREAT TIME!!! Enjoy your short time off and look forward to seeing you soon!
    P.S.- I know Margo continues to apologize for the first set but there are many,and I mean many of us who love the new material- YOU ARE THE BEST-
    Barry

  5. Jimmer Says:

    April 29th, 2012 at 4:32 am

    Really, really enjoyed the concert in Kent! The Toledo and Columbus areas need visits from you this fall. PS – You can blame the rain on me since I washed my car on Thursday.

  6. joseph Says:

    April 30th, 2012 at 7:36 am

    caught the second show and last concert of the tour at Old Town on Friday night. M and the band sounded better than ever (every bit as good as the last time I saw them @ Blind Pig in AA so many years ago). Anyways, on a personal note, my family buried my father earlier in the week, but the show was like his funeral mass in a sense – I was moved to tears more than once, especially during Vic’s song ‘see you around’ – thank you for a memory I’ll store away for a long time ….