Date: 04-20-12 12:01
Cool. They'll be in my neck of the woods next week. I saw them three or four times back in the 80s & 90s, always in clubs or bars, but that was back when they were still harboring hopes of crossing over into the mainstream. Looks like the venue this time is a 75 seat performance space in a music store.
Speaking of small venues in unconventional spaces, last Saturday night Graham Parker played at an itty bitty photo studio 6 miles from my house, with Derwood Andrews from Generation X. Unfortunately, I was in Chicago that night. Haven't heard if he had a good turnout - I hope that he did, but considering it was on the Illinois side of the river it's hard telling how many St. Louisans would have made the arduous 20 minute trek from the Lou to get to the howling wastelands of Bethalto, IL.
St. Louisans are very, very bizarre when it comes to crossing that damn river. They seem to regard it as being 300 miles wide or something. I live 20 miles from my job, but I live in Illinois so I'm constantly getting amazed reactions from my Missouri co-workers that I would drive so damn far to work, only to discover that they actually live further away. But they live in Missouri, man! 35 miles is much shorter than 20 as long as you're not crossing a river!
That got way off topic.