Up at 10AM. Cleaned up, packed up, and locked up. Mailed postcards - bought stamps. Ate - bad breakfast at Main Street Cafe. Left for Indianapolis - arrived at 5:30 at the Patio Club. Promoter Bill Levin was a Bobby Startup clone - in fact he knew Bobby. We were way too early - why he said to be there at 4:30 I don't know - couldn't sound check until 8. Got everything set up. Went to eat - got take out at Renee's Deli - good food.
Bill Levin was a great guy and a real character. We ended up doing many more shows with him. Rodney gave him the the nickname "the Ghost" and we always referred to him fully as Bill "the Ghost" Levin. He was a wild man and reminded me a little bit of Iggy Pop. I think it's funny I'm whining about showing up too early when we were in fact an hour later than Bill requested. The Patio is still there. Bobby Startup is a legendary (in Philadelphia at least) DJ and club promoter. Bobby gave my previous band 'Narthex' our first East Side Club Club gig in Philadelphia (a Friday night - the headliner cancelled [the Damned] and he had us open for their opener - we did just fine).
Back for [sound] check. Had to play around to get good sound - good system - weird room. Set up in corner of a big room. A band called the Primates was to open but they couldn't find their singer. We went on at 10PM. 40 or so people - all about 25-35 years of age - strange. Played long set - good response. $81 dollars. Bill liked us. Next time we tour we should get contracts with guarantees etc. Stuart and Kathy from W. Lafeyette came to see us. I got my camera back. We stayed with Kathy in West Lafayette. To bed 2AM.
I wonder if the Primates ever found their singer? I imagine my amusement at the age of the audience is due to the fact that we were used to playing to a younger crowd. I'm not sure if I mention contracts and guarantees here because of the $81 bucks or that Bill mentioned it to us. We eventually hooked up with the booking agent Bob Lawton's Twin Towers agency in NYC and did in fact get contracts etc.Posted by Dean at July 9, 1985 10:46 PM