May 10 - Bielefeld
It is always a treat to come play the Forum. We all look forward to seeing Martina, Ralf and the gang. The room and stage sound is fantastic and Donald Keith's face shined like a little boy's on christmas morning when he found a sort of small faux fur muff near the merch stand. Donald Keith has been sporting it as a type of ersatz mohawk 'neath his valued hat much of today.
We had a longish soundcheck because that old Boss echo/delay box of mine really acted up. Perhaps there is a loose connection on the input or some grumpy solder somewhere. During the set, which went quite well, strange Robot Monster...
special effects spewed out periodically and I had several volume surges from my amps. Who knows why?
Also on the bill was one of my favourite bands, Slim Cessna's Auto Club! Despite a few strange front of house problems with the sound the boys were in spectacular form. But this sextet are always consummate professionals; game for anything and boy they sure delivered in Bielefeld !
I know they have got some bad press lately about that hazing incident in Cannon Falls, Minnesota but take it from me: no one from this band was involved in any way! At the time of the explosion they were quite literally 1500 miles away in Greeley, Co., entertaining a happy crowd of imbeciles at the 5th annual Foola -Palooza. How sad it is that some people seem to have nothing better to do than make up lurid stories about successful entertainers. To the rumour mongers responsible I can only say, " Shame On You!".
The Auto Club, may I add, had risen at 0500 in order to drive all the way from Warsaw to play for the appreciative citizens of this ancient German industrial city.
They even left Will Schatz's drugs alone. If that's not respect then I have not seen it.