What a great show Wednesday night, Dec. 13! I'd seen Steve & Dweez in '93-'94 (Atlanta's Masquerade) when they were on (separate) tours shortly after Frank died, and had seen Napoleon w/Project Object in San Diego as well, but I had never seen Terry live, and had never seen any of these guys in combination before in person. So this was a real treat.
I first saw Frank in the very same Palace Theater here in November '84, and was just blown away. I was already a fan, but in person it became clear very quickly this was a man who had mastered his own destiny, which was a real eye-opener for me at 20 years of age. I can also thank my lucky stars for getting to see the aborted tour of '88 in Columbus, Ohio w/Kenneally & the horn section.
This show had a great vibe from the get-go, the band seemed in genuinely upbeat spirits - and rightfully so with the gorgeous weather here for their visit. The set list was superb, focused as it was at the Roxy period and branching out from there. I was in the orchestra pit in front of the stage, 3 rows from Napoleon, and occasionally things got too loud, cacophonous and/or muddled (in Village of the Sun & Sofa for examples), but most of the time the sound was pretty good for the Palace (which is the most beautiful place I have ever seen any show, but which doesn't have the best acoustics).
Highlights for me were Stevie's unbelievable Zomby Woof solo, Punky's Whips, Pygmy Twylyte, Inca Roads (loved the keyboardist's "traffic" jam, honk! honk!), Peaches, and the improv stuff such as the unreal jam in More Trouble Every Day.
So glad to hear Dweez say this could be an annual thing, I hope he's just as glad to read my wish list for future sets - how's about working these tunes up for next time, Z-man:
City of Tiny Lites
Why Does It Hurt When I Pee?
Penguin in Bondage
Willie the Pimp
Son of Mr. Green Genes
Hungry Freaks, Daddy
Dumb All Over (more relevant now than ever)
Also glad to say that my $60 ticket was money well spent (never paid more than $30 before on a ticket - just my little protest against exorbitant ticket prices). Wish I could've hung out w/the band a little (especially that cute and talented saxy/keyboard/vocalist in the halter top), but we had a jam scheduled that just had to happen. Fortunately, I've met Dweezil twice (once here in the 'ville in '86 when I informed him that Sandra Bernhardt had plugged his album on David Letterman the night before, and at the aforementioned Atlanta Z show where I got his girlfriend Kennedy to kick the bucket a second time), and Steve (Atlanta also, six days after Frank passed on - he signed my original Flex-Able with the old [mostly] black-and-white cover), and Napoleon - and they're all just really nice guys.
Thanks, and keep the promise to come back!