Tour Diary – Waterville, ME (August 11, 2012)

I think the TV filming really took it out of us. It was a slightly gloomy overcast day in Waterville and we all seemed to be dragging our asses around all day. Al went for a bike ride and I spent some time on the banks of the Kennebec River which flowed right past the venues back door. The smallmouth bass were keen to play, so I had a fun time. I landed three small guys and must have jousted with at least half a dozen of their friends. Nothing too big, but the smallmouth know how to fight…so it was a good afternoon. The venue was the newly restored Waterville Opera House. Another beautiful little theater which has been loving restored. The renovation plans also took in to account the musicians and created a large, clean and functional backstage area. We had no energy for the show, as I said, I think the TV filming sucked out any remaining juice. Margo was dealing with a splitting headache and the band kept it all in a very low revving gear. The audience was also a little subdued (they probably took their cue from us), but they were listening. It was a hard show for me to gauge, I think we played well, but it never really caught fire, and sometimes that is ok.


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4 Responses to “Tour Diary – Waterville, ME (August 11, 2012)”

  1. Steve Hodson Says:

    August 14th, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Mike, I think it was a good show. The venue was awesome but the hot lights
    were a bit of a nuisance. I’ve got a great video of the stage video guy dropping his camera during Sweet Jane.

    Missed the keyboard and was hoping to hear some of the more uptempos songs. (really like the bass line on Flirted with You) Loved the Neil Young tunes. Next time in Ct. give a call and I’ll join you on the fishing trip or play you some of my modest songs.

    All the best to you, Margo & the band. We love you guys.


  2. Jeff Howe Says:

    August 14th, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Very much enjoyed the show. We had decent seats in the orchestra section, but moved to the back of the hall for the second set, which was also fine. Liked that you highlighted the Nomad material (except no Renmin Park songs, which I’d hoped for) — but Margo seemed a little apologetic about it, which wasn’t necessary. The old favorites were new unknown once upon a time, too.

    Loved that the inclusion of a couple of Common Disaster songs — that tour was the first that I saw you all live (Portland ME), and you gained a fan that night.

    Hope that you all had a good night at Stone Mt., a venue we very much love to visit (we’ve seen you there before), but couldn’t swing it this time. It’s always nice to visit a different theatre, though, and doubly nice to catch you folks, too. It was all capped off by running into a guy at the break who’d seen my band the previous weekend, and liked us. :)

    best to all,


  3. Tom Gordon Says:

    August 14th, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Mike, very good show. This was at least the fifth time I have seen you guys, and they have all been very good. I very much like the Nomad series and it was nice to hear a full set of that, though I would have liked to hear some Renmin Park material. I hope you continue to play Nomad songs the next tour. Fairy tale was done very well, and it was good to hear some old material in the second set.

    Given the way Margo was singing throughout the performance, I was surprised to hear she had such a bad headache at the end. Her vocals were as powerful as always. You and Jeff were quitjamming real well with the guitars, mandolins and harmonicas.

    Anyway, everyone I heard from after the show really enjoyed the show. Thank you for coming to my hometown to play and I’m glad you caught some fish in the river.

  4. ernie Says:

    August 15th, 2012 at 6:50 am

    I wrote a review of “this great concert by the Cowboy Junkies at Waterville” for some friends of mine. No I won’t include the three LONG pages! Anyway, I think the sets matched the weather perfectly. It was a two-hour drive for me (each way) and I don’t regret anything but the cost of gas (which limited my purchases at the venue). Honestly an excellent concert…. I was up in the way-back, getting the wide perspective and hearing the full sound. The new material is VERY intriguing (bought and listened to Nomad Vol 1 on vinyl)…can’t wait to slowly bleed my account for the other three. The night’s take on “Me and the Devil” was immaculate. I gotta say that the demographics of the crowd looked a little “staid”, which worried me a lot until I realized I’m old, too…and that I still seem to live music performed well. Perhaps the natural reticence of Mainers, couple with the demographics (and the weather) lent the subdued tone. It still had a fire, but more of a smouldering one…..great job, everyone….tried getting Cookie Bob to give me some crumbs from the show….but he missed it! (poor fellow…)