I was there on Saturday 10/22. PM problems on this site prevented me from hooking up with anyone here. I was the balding long haired guy! ;D (There were a few of us.) I wore a blue long sleeved shirt opened to show you my chain and my Weapons of Mass Distortion P/O tour 2004 shirt and Jesus sandals with socks :o; my buddy had a light blue Frank Zappa and the Mothers est. Cucamonga 1964 T shirt and wore a stocking cap most of the time (balding affects different people differently).<br><br>It seemed that Ike was sick or something. I stood right in front of him for most of the first set and he was often clearing his throat and sweating bullets. I was very impressed with the way he "sang around" it by selecting other notes for melodies if they were too high to hit in his hoarsed state. Eventually, I backed up; I was so close to the stage that I was only hearing the vocals from Ike's monitor. The mix was better when I could hear it!<br><br>Ike has this really cool looking axe that seemed to be comprised of layers of different wood . . . even the neck! I think it said "Moses" on the headstock and I assume is a custom axe; it had a humbucker in back and a single by the neck (nothing in the middle). I noticed that he (like me) has EVs in his JC 120.<br><br>Napi was in top form however. My fav part of the entire night was a 3fer of his from Oz followed by Blessed Relief.<br><br>A woman from Oregon I saw out here in San Fran tap dance the Black Page #1 was also there from this coast. She "danced like she'd never danced before" to Filthy Habits and I fell in love with her AGAIN (she's hooked-up with the drummer guys, so don't get your hopes up). I requested BP, but she said she didn't have her tap shoes. She said she now plays the quarter note pulse on finger cymbals as well as tapping.<br><br>The "new guy" (Sluggo) played the parts really well and is an excellent soloist.<br><br>But my favorite cat in the group (besides Napi) is Dave. He is a great bass player.<br><br>I saw a guy in a red shirt that kinda looked like pics that Ronny has posted on the site, but his hair was shorter than the pics. I wasn't sure how to contact yous guys, other than one of us posting our phone number on the site.
<br><br>I didn't write down the setlist, but they opened with Zoot Allures and closed with Inca. They did Lemme Take You to the Beach for the 2nd time in public. Funny, because I used to play that tune when I was a teenager gigging in Oklahoma; a friend from Oklahoma met me in Chicago for the gig. We had one of those "remember when" kinda things when they played it. The munchkin vocals were accomplished electronically with Andre singing; it took about 1/2 a verse, but he got it figgered out. They also played T&Beer, Catholic Girls, Son of Orange County, Peaches, Andy, IBS (god I love hearing Napi sing that), Drafted (like the single), Advance Romance, King Kong, uhh, some other ones. EDIT: D'Oh! I just saw Arkay's post . . . yeah, those were the tunes.<br><br>The "L" station on Diversey was closed for Northbound trains on the weekends, so I cabbed it around. For future reference, the Days Inn on Diversey is a decent enough place to stay and it was only a $7 cab ride to the gig from there. I got a BRUTALLY AWESOME pizza at (I forgot to take some matches) Renaldi's (I think was the name), which was right near the hotel on Broadway. They had thin crust, "Chicago-style", and Sicilian style. The waiter said Sicilian was their specialty and SON was it good, as were the buffalo wings (and I'm wicked picky about wings and pizza). Not a bad place to stay if'n you ever go to Chicago.<br><br>VCF<br><br>Another Edit: Swifty, Echidna, and Dog/Meat on Friday? :'(