Did a show with Hercules and Love Affair at the Middle East in Boston last night. Good night, great crowd. Middle East is a cool place. I strongly suggest checking these guys out. They are really good. The band brings real energy onto the stage, more than most rock bands. They are masters of their instruments and just have the whole thing down. For all you rockers out there, they do a cool cover of Blue Oyster Cults Fear the Reaper. Nice!
Finished the Howlin' Rain tour on Saturday with a killer show in Buffalo. Great crowd. Now I'm doing a few shows with Hercules and Love Affair, an NYC based disco band. They are really good and are hooked into the DFA/LCD Soundsystem thing. They played a private party tonight for Chanel in Central Park. Quite the affair. I had to mix from the side of the stage. Show ended up going well, lots of dancing.
Howlin' Rain at Boston Opera House on Friday night, with the Crowes. Good show. Spent yesterday in Portland Maine, found a record I've been trying to find for 20 years. Only paid $5, a real deal. Tomorrow is Buffalo, last show, bummer. HR is fun to tour with.
Howlin' Rain tour bruises on! Show tonight in Portland, Maine. Sounded good despite a lack of gear at FOH. Opened for the Black Crowes and their crowd really seems to like the band. Tuesday night was Montreal, a cool little place and a good show. Gotta say that Howlin' Rain is one of of the best live bands I've seen. Every show is different, lots of improv and jammin'. They are very much in the tradition of '60's and '70's bands. Play a lot of shows, don't worry about the monitors too much and blow people's minds. Bands used too get big by doing it this way. The 10 year overnight success syndrome! These guys deserve to be famous.
Great show last night at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto. The band sounded amazing and the crowd was really into it. The Horseshoe is a great place, the PA is first rate. They've been putting on shows for over 50 years! Everybody's played there, Porter Wagoner, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, Dead Boys and Willie Nelson. Cool place. Montreal tonight.
Howlin' Rain at The Calvin in Northampton tonight. Real good show. Last night in Albany was a good one too. The crowds have been real receptive to the band. Been getting some good gear at these theatres which is nice. Anyway, here's some pictures. Oh, saw J from Dinosaur in Northampton, nice.
The second Howlin' Rain show in Richmond Va. went off well. Technical problems were solved with the help of Black Crowes sound crew, Drew and Scoobie. Thanks guys. HR played a great set and went over well with the crowd. It's a nice gig, opening for the Crowes
Ian, bass player in Howlin' Rain
Speaking of the Crowes, I gotta say they are an amazing live band. They've been playing a good selection of their material and some choice Band covers. Quality stuff, all of it and a really fun show. New guy on guitar, Luther Dickenson is something else!
Luther and the Crowes keyboard player - these guys jam!
I'm on tour with Howlin' Rain, they are opening for the Black Crowes. First show was last night at the National in Richmond, Virginia. Bit of a technical nightmare but the show went off pretty good. The crowd seemed to like it. Never really had to deal with being with the opener before. More time do nothing, less time to work on the sound. I prefer to do more really.
Just mixed the opening band, Bellmer Dolls, for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds in NYC and Washington D.C. Pretty fun. Nick Cave was great, I had never seen him live. Starting a tour tomorrow with Howlin' Rain, a great band from Oakland Ca. They are opening some shows for the Black Crowes.