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Nashville Show Report
Jun 3rd, 2007 at 11:03pm
 
Hi everyone,

Sorry I didn't post yesterday -- I was too worn out, as we didn't get home from Nashville until 6:30 a.m.! So, yes, in a word, it was a fantastic show and a fun time afterward as well. We took gobs of photos that I will post on my web page today or tomorrow (my girlfriend Jen is unloading them from her camera as we speak).

Where do I begin? Well, the venue is so-so -- there were couches and such in front of the stage, so for the first half of the show the audience participation was nil. We all felt we had to sit and watch, which killed some of the energy. Luckily, this was the Romantics on stage, so they whipped the crowd into a frenzy in due time. We were on our feet by the end, and everyone with a soul was completely into it.

I don't know what it is about them, but they seem to actually rock harder as they get older. Is it a confidence thing, maybe? Anyway, Coz and Wally were donned in the Romantics standard leather pants, while Mike wore black pants and a burgandy jacket. I've noticed they've grown their hair out a bit, especially Coz. (Jen noted that he looks better with longer hair. Not sure what she meant by that, but it was no time for petty jealousies, right?)

And this was actually the first time I've gotten to watch Brad really go after it. The only other show I saw with him on drums (Jonnie and Bookies were there), they were under a tent, and Brad barely had room to even raise his arms above his head. We were quite entertained by his antics, and MAN can that guy play some mean fills. I'm just in awe. It's truly like watching Keith Moon in the flesh; he adds so much to their sound, and still manages not to overplay and kill the songs. Unreal.

Without further adieu, here's the set list:

Rock You Up
Midnight to 6
When I Look In Your Eyes
61/49
One in a Million
Come See Me
Roadrunner (in tribute to Bo Diddley)
Out of My Mind (Into My Head)
Talking in Your Sleep
When the Angels Hear Me Calling (At this point Mike switched to guitar, and Wally said, "My friend, the ball is in your court.")
New Kinda Pain
Tomboy
First In Line (extended version)
Tonight
She's Got Everything
What I Like About You (Mike sings lead for first half of song)

Encore:
I Need You (By this point a horde of hot young women had stormed the stage, and Wally encouraged them to "Come on up." This prompted the band to play another song, during which security escorted the women back down off the stage. Boooo.)
I Can Only Give You Everything

I grabbed a set list off the stage and saw that they also had "Cadillac" ready to go. If security had let the women continue dancing on stage, I bet they would have played it. Damn!

We hung out afterward, and Brad and Chloe were the first to emerge. Chloe is such a sweetheart -- she and Jen hit it off immediately. Brad ended up autographing a sugar-packet holder for Jen (wha?), and they immediately took to calling her Cricket (which is her nickname here in the Louisville artist community). Coz came out next and started chatting up the other musicians, followed by Mike and Wally. We talked with both Mike and Wally for great lengths of time, and I also talked with Mike Lilley (road manager) a bit too. Before too long, the house band started playing, and the other musicians started getting up on stage to play random songs with them. We got some photos from this jam session. They played a wide variety of stuff from '60s rock to Cheap Trick. Lots of fun.

But the best part was talking to the guys. Unfortunately, I was told by two parties that we shouldn't hold our breath waiting for a new CD. Lilley noted that there isn't any distribution in place, so that in itself will hold things up, as they don't want to do a self-release. They apparently are still talking with Little Steven about putting out the next release on his Underground Garage label. I asked Mike Skill what was holding things up, and he kind of slyly smiled, nodded to Wally, and said, "Ask him." Oops!

But the good news for me is that Wally said the band does want to get back to Louisville, it's just a matter of their booking agent finding the right venue and opportunity. I think I'm going to try and make it happen myself. And Wally made me promise not to pay to get into any more gigs (we forked out $40 a ticket) -- he gave me his cell number and told me to call him before I do that again. How cool is that?

Another funny moment -- I brought along a photo taken of Wally and me circa 1985 during the Rhythm Romance tour. I think I was 18 at the time, and Wally had the classic Romantics pompadour. I showed Wally the photo, he scrunched up his nose and said, "Kevin, we still look exactly the same."

OK, that'll do it for now. I'll post back here with a link once the photos are up. They will be posted on my site www.brainfartsonline.com.

Cheers,
Kevin
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Reply #1 - Jun 4th, 2007 at 4:48am
 
wow kevin, it sounds like you REALLY, REALLY had a great time!!  and thank you so much for providing such a complete report!!  can't wait to check out the pics!!
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Reply #2 - Jun 5th, 2007 at 1:30am
 
Great report Kevin!  I completely agree-they do seem to rock harder with age. listen to one of your live In Heat era recordings and, you will notice the songs and set list definitely rock harder now.
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Reply #3 - Jun 5th, 2007 at 10:22am
 
Hey Kevin,

Sorry I missed you and your girlfriend, I hadn't a clue you were going.  Where ya'll from, as we're from Philadelphia.

My review was posted above, but here's basically what it entailed:

We were in Nashville for a few days and came to the show.  For those of you who haven't been, The Wildhorse Saloon is infamous and is an incredible place to catch a show!  I feel blessed to have seen The Romantics there.   

They were in rare form - rockin' totally and Wally's vocals were as perfect as I've heard, even after 50+ concerts!!!

After the show, hung out, had a wonderful time.  Leaves me wanting more.....  Wink

Was the Wildhorse Saloon show $40./ticket?

Lori



P.S.  I think Coz's hair looks great in any way, shape or form!
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Reply #4 - Jun 5th, 2007 at 11:57am
 
yes kevin..great great report...sounds like one heck of a show and i do agree they do seem to rock harder.....there a great rock band with a great consistant sound
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Reply #5 - Jun 5th, 2007 at 8:12pm
 
I paid for the Lounge/VIP seating so that we could be closer to the stage. General admission was $15, but that's no fun ...

And I disagree with Lori about the venue. Nicely designed, yes, but couches in front of the stage? Lame! That was disappointing to me ...

Also, my girlfriend is having issues with her camera -- it has been downloading the photos literally since yesterday afternoon. Doesn't help that the camera also still has our vacation pictures in it. Hopefully by this evening they will all be downloaded.
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Reply #6 - Jun 5th, 2007 at 8:30pm
 
Surely, I always like to be standing and in front of the band, but I thought the Wildhorse did a great job at organizing a comfort factor for the concert.  It was different.

At any rate, the acoustics were fabulous, and a good time was had by all.  It surely was fantastic to see Lilley after all these years!

Lori
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Reply #7 - Jun 6th, 2007 at 5:13am
 
Anyone have anything to say about the Producers?
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Reply #8 - Jun 6th, 2007 at 8:15am
 
We only caught a few songs of The Producers, but they were great, I thought!

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Reply #9 - Jun 11th, 2007 at 4:42am
 
We enjoyed the Producers' set, but they don't have the same energy. And I think that's by design, they just do what they do, and they're quite good at it. They seem like genuinely good guys who have a great time playing their songs. Nothing wrong with that, eh?
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Reply #10 - Jun 11th, 2007 at 8:42am
 
Exactly what I thought when I saw them a coupla years back.  I really missed that energy, though...... Undecided
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