Left West Lafayette about 11AM. Stopped for lunch at McDonald's. Headed to Cincinnati for a show at the Jockey Club that is actually across the river in Newport Kentucky. Arrived in Cincinnati about 4:30 - went to music store and got my snare drum fixed. One of the lug nuts broke the night before. $2 dollars. The guy at the store was real nice.
As time went on, I gradually began to play harder and we needed more durable equipment. The amps and some of the drum equipment on this first tour were very basic and we soon needed to get better gear. I learned the hard way that I needed to carry a spare snare drum and a spare kick pedal. These two items in particular receive the most abuse and need constant care. Also suffering damage the first week or so of a tour were my hands and throat. My hands needed to bulk up on calluses and my throat was usually hoarse for a few days from the groaning and gasping I made while playing. Good thing I wasn't singing backup vocals.
Went to club across the river. The town is really depressing. Voted 2nd worst place to live in America (St. Louis came in first in somebody's poll). Poor, no jobs - the street over from the Jockey Club is the strip - there are 3 or 4 Go-Go or strip joints on every block. We didn't have to be at the club until 7-7:30 so we went to a laundromat and did 6 loads of smelly laundry. It's nice to be clean again.
I didn't clean that paragraph up. Really!... "What? There are strip clubs here? - NO - sorry, we need to do laundry." As far as laundry goes - remember, we're 5 guys (6 on later tours) in a van with all our band gear plus all our clothes and personal belongings. Almost everyone carried a large duffle bag with about a week's worth of clothes and a smaller bag for books and a Walkman etc. It was tight in there and it got smelly real fast.
Got to club - did sound check - great system. Waited until 11:15 to go on. We were supposed to 'headline' but decided to go on first - the other bands were Amazing Grace and Raw Power. 'AG' were from Miami and were touring with Raw Power from Italy. The deal is that 'RP' uses an American band's equipment. 'AG' were sort of metal like - really boring. Drummer was way too flashy - really boring. I didn't see 'RP' - I fell asleep in the van. The rest of the guys said they were really bad too. We got paid $62 dollars. The other bands got $40. Left the club about 3AM. We did a good show - so far we've done really good shows. I hope it continues.
Here's what little I could find on Amazing Grace. Here's a good page on Raw Power. We must have been considered the 'headliner' since we made a few dollars more that night (and the promoter must have liked us - see below). Here is some Jockey Club information.
Stayed with Bill L. the promoter - nice guy. Off to Chicago tomorrow for 3 days off. Play in Indianapolis on Tuesday the 9th. Our first week has been pretty good. I hope the fun lasts until September.
I seem to be in a good mood about the situation but lets remember that September is a long way away...Posted by Dean at July 5, 1985 05:00 PM