Thursday, July 06, 2006

Cliche It Again!

I wrote this the last week of 2005 when I got really sick of people saying "See ya next year" as if it was the most original and funny thing ever said.

Wassup? How's it going? It's going! Going to hell in a handbasket because this basketcase put all his eggs in one basket.
Assume the worst except that when you assume you make an ass out of you and me.
Ask me no questions and I'll tell you no lies, you made your bed now lie in it.
You won't wake up on the wrong side of the bed if you are early to bed, early to rise because the early bird catches the worm.

It would be music to my ears if you faced the music face to face and talked until you were blue in the face because
If you have egg on your face you would save face when you did an about face and cut off your nose to spite your face
That's the breaks and it would make or break you if you break a leg and then break the ice
Because if you're cold as ice you're skating on thin ice and that's just the tip of the iceberg

Hey is for horses and this dark horse has some horse sense for you, straight from the horses mouth:
Don't beat a dead horse by getting on your high horse and looking this gift horse in the mouth.
You're not all that and a bag of chips, just six to one and half a dozen to another.
You're a can shy of a six pack and a happy meal short of a freedom fry.

You can use bells and whistles and smoke and mirrors in your dog and pony show for shits and giggles
But you can't bullshit a bullshitter, 'cause I was born in the night, but not last night.
Another day, another dollar; I'm not working hard, I'm hardly working
Because you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but trick me twice and shame on me.

See ya next year!

Connie Chung sings!

These are the kinds of memories some of us try to block!

Monday, July 03, 2006

Ratdog in SLC

Great show in Utah last night! Bobby spread the word and the band busted out "Salt Lake City." Bob sang the line "a plasma TV in every room." But when the Ratdog set was over and they hadn't played "Friend of the Devil," I thought we wouldn't hear the words "spent the night in Utah..." But Bob came out during the String Cheese set and led them in FOTD. String Cheese was off the hook and it was an amazing show overall. Great crowd (probably the best I've seen in Utah - way better vibe than GD '95, the Dead '04 or any other Utah Ratdog show).

Listen to "Salt Lake City" from 6/30/06

6/30/2006 The Great Salt Air, Magna, UT
Jam > Here Comes Sunshine > Walkin Blues > Queen Jane Approximately, Youngblood, Mission in the Rain, When I Paint My Masterpiece, Desolation Row, Salt Lake City, Mississippi Half-Step > Estimated Prophet > The Other One Jam > Estimated Prophet > Stuff > Ship of Fools > St. Stephen

Stuff - Jeff/Jay/Robin/Kenny; Jay sat in with SCI on "Drums", Bobby sat in with SCI on "FOTD"
(with String Cheese Incident [SCI closed])

From Deseret News:

String Cheese Incident is back
By Scott Iwasaki
Deseret Morning News
When The String Cheese Incident began touring, Utah was a regular stop, according to guitarist Billy Nershi.

"All the band members have been to Utah for spring skiing," Nershi said by phone from his home in Telluride, Colo. "Once Telluride Mountain shut down for the season, we'd head to Utah and hit the slopes on Alta and Snowbird. Then, after we'd done that, we would tour. And this is the route — Telluride, Crested Butte and Moab.

"And as we toured more, we began stopping in Salt Lake City to play. And we're looking forward to heading back to Utah on this tour."

It's been six months since SCI has hit the road, with band members Nershi, bassist Keith Moseley, violinist/mandolinist Michael Kang, drummer Michael Travis, keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth and percussionist Jason Hann.

The band had taken a much-needed rest, said Nershi. "We have been together for 12 years now. And we have been going at it real hard, and that has taken a big chunk out of the other parts on our personal lives."

That, said Nershi, is the reason the band is still together . . . not that it was having any intraband problems. "We knew we needed to replenish our energies. We got back together and began rehearsing and working out new songs we had and are ready to go back on the road.

"One of the secrets of keeping the band together is we always try new things. We are not afraid of each others' suggestions. We try them all. And some work and some don't. But the band is always morphing or evolving and every member has ideas."

A nice shot in the arm for SCI is being able to tour with Bob Weir's RatDog. Weir's tenure as the guitarist for the Grateful Dead was one of SCI members' musical influences. "We're excited to get on the road with RatDog. We'd like to play a couple of songs with the band and have both of the groups on stage at once doing a couple of tunes."

Jamming with heroes is one of the highlights of being in The String Cheese Incident, said Nershi. "We've played gigs with the Del McCoury Band, Ricky Skaggs. The list goes on. And it wasn't anything we tried to do. It just happened.

"We're not a band that has set ideas. We just do what we do. And if anything comes up, then we take the opportunity. We're a band. And we all know each other well. We know when to back off, and we have an in-depth knowledge of each others' buttons. And sometimes we're guilty of pushing some of them."

Other Ratdog shows in Utah:

12/1/1995 Cottonwood High School Auditorium, Salt Lake City, UT
Salt Lake City, Walkin Blues, City Girls, Fever, Little Red Rooster, K.C. Moan > Blackbird, Eternity, Juke, Shade of Grey > This Time Forever, The Winners, Heaven Help the Fool > Bass/Drums, It's All Too Much, Cassidy, Josephine
E: Easy Answers
First "Salt Lake City"
(Edwin McCain opened)

7/22/1996 Wolf Mountain, Salt Lake City, UT
Walkin Blues, Take Me to the River, Fever, When I Paint My Masterpiece*, Tanqueray, Big Boss Man, This Time Forever > Shade of Grey > Easy to Slip > Supplication Jam > Easy to Slip > Bass > Easy Answers
*-with Bruce Hornsby
(Furthur Festival)

9/14/1998 Kingsbury Hall, Salt Lake City, UT
Jam > Easy Answers, Salt Lake City, Baby Blue, Bird Song, K.C. Moan, Friend of the Devil, Looks Like Rain, Loose Lucy, Corrina > Bass/Drums/Jam > China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider
E: Cassidy
Previous "Salt Lake City" 1997-04-13 [83 shows]
(Strangefolk opened)

3/27/2002 Harry O's, Park City, UT
Bass/Drums > Jam > The Music Never Stopped > Maggie's Farm > Loser, Odessa, Mexicali Blues, Fever > Josephine > Lucky Enough, She Says > It's All Over Now, Bury Me Standing > Scarlet Begonias, Bass/Drums > Ashes and Glass > St. Stephen > The Eleven
E: White Lightning*, The Weight
*-w/ A.J. Santella on vocals; Entire show with DJ Logic besides "Loser," "Mexicali," and "Fever"; "Speedway" and "Other One" teases during "Josephine"
Next "Josephine" 2002-09-22 [55 shows]; Next "The Weight" 2002-10-15 [71 shows]

5/14/2003 Suede, Park City, UT
I: Jam > Playin in the Band > Friend of the Devil, Hell in a Bucket > Lost Sailor > Saint of Circumstance > Even So > October Queen > The Deep End > Tennessee Jed
II: Jam > Playin in the Band (reprise) > When I Paint My Masterpiece, The Wheel > The Other One > Wharf Rat > Sugar Magnolia
E: Touch of Grey

3/13/2004 Harry O's, Park City, UT
I: Jam > Shakedown Street > Queen Jane Approximately > Minglewood Blues, Salt Lake City, Lucky Enough > Big Boss Man, Artificial Flowers, West L.A. Fadeaway
II: Me and Bobby McGee, Corrina, I Need a Miracle, Uncle John's Band > The Other One > Space > Uncle John's Band (reprise) > Dear Prudence > One More Saturday Night
"Space" w/out Bob; "Cryptical" tease out of "Other One"; "Playin" tease out of "Space"; "Dark Star" tease during "GDTRFB"
Previous "Salt Lake City" 2002-03-29 [153 shows]
(Kenny Brooks's 300th Show)

Grateful Dead in Utah:

04-12-69 Student Union Ballrm, U. of U., Salt Lake City, Ut. (Sat)
also: Spirit Of Creation

09-26-70 Terrace Ballroom, Salt Lake City, Ut. (Sat)
Acoustic: I Know You Rider, Ripple, Candyman, FOTD
Electric: Big Boss Man, Uncle John> Casey Jones, Morning Dew
list incomplete, order uncertain

02-28-73 Salt Palace, Salt Lake City, Ut. (Wed)
1: Cold Rain, BIODTL, TLEO, Mexicali, Sugaree, Box Of Rain, El Paso, He's Gone, Jack Straw
2: China Cat> I Know You Rider, Big River, Row Jimmy, Promised, Truckin> Other One> Eyes> Morning Dew, Sugar Magnolia E: We Bid You Goodnight
first set probably incomplete - last "We Bid You Goodnight": 08-15-71 [127]

08-12-81 Salt Palace, Salt Lake City, Ut. (Wed)
1: Alabama> Greatest, FOTD, Mama Tried> Mexicali, Jack A Roe> C. C. Rider, Althea, Sailor> Saint
2: Might As Well> Woman Smarter, Scarlet> Fire, Estimated> Eyes> Drumz> Spanish Jam> Truckin> Morning Dew> Around> Good Lovin E: U. S. Blues
last "Might As Well": 02-17-79 [183] - Brent solo to begin "Drumz" - last "Morning Dew": 10-14-80 [65]

09-04-83 Park West Ski Resort, Park West, Ut. (Sun)
1: Bertha> Promised, FOTD, Rooster, Tennessee Jed> Esau, Althea> Bucket, China Cat> I Know You Rider
2: Scarlet> Fire, Woman Smarter> Drumz> Spanish Jam> Wheel> Other One> Wharf Rat> Around> Saturday Night* E: U. S. Blues
*"One more Labor Day night"

08-20-87 Park West Ski Resort, Park West, Ut. (Thu)
1: Big Boss Man> Promised, Dire Wolf, Minglewood, Row Jimmy, All Over Now, Loser, Cassidy, Push
2: China Cat> I Know You Rider, Woman Smarter, Ship Of Fools, Truckin> Smokestack> Drumz> Wheel> Gimme Some Lovin> Watchtower> Stella Blue> Sugar Magnolia E: Mighty Quinn

02-19-95 Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Ut. (Sun)
1: Jack Straw, Sugaree, Walking Blues, Alabama, Me & My Uncle> Big River> Don't Ease
2: China Cat> I Know You Rider, Samson, Shoe Fits> New Speedway> Estimated> Drumz> Miracle> Attics> Johnny B. Goode E: Baby Blue
last "Alabama": 06-18-89 [416] - final "Baby Blue"

02-20-95 Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Ut. (Mon)
1: Bertha> Greatest, Loser, Rooster, Ramble On, El Paso, Lazy River Road, Cassidy
2: Box Of Rain> Eyes> Playin> Uncle John> Drumz> Last Time> Stella Blue> Throwing Stones> NFA E: Rain

02-21-95 Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Ut. (Tue)
1: Salt Lake City, FOTD, Wang Dang Doodle, Tennessee Jed, Broken Arrow, B. T. Wind, So Many Roads, Music
2: Foolish Heart, Samba, Truckin> I Just Want> TWBS> Drumz> Visions Of Johanna> Sugar Magnolia E: Liberty
only "Salt Lake City" - final/last "I Just Want": 10-08-84 [746] - last "Visions Of Johanna": 04-22-86 [634] - Vince Welnick's 44th birthday