June 23, 2016
“Notes on a Coffee cup”
So, yesterday after we kicked about
playing guitar and enjoying a nice York day, with clouds and a wee bit of
sunshine but temps in the mid 60’s, which was an upgrade from the blistering
100+ Los Angeles temps on Monday. Georgie has been getting to know her
smartphone while Johnny spent most of the afternoon playing guitar. Rusty and
David Green had been reading and Dave Chapple was working on his basses
(soldering things, cleaning them up, etc…). Stevie, Mike and I decided to have a
dip in Mike’s Jacuzzi. Earlier in the day, we were looking at this cool book
Stevie got Mike for his birthday. Basically, it’s a book about the coolest 1,000
record stores. On one of the pages was my old boss, as awesome as ever, Bob Say.
Bob used to own Moby Disc Records and currently co-owns Sherman Oaks’ Freak Beat
Records. We were totally checking that book out and stuff. Very cool things in
So, after our totally fun and chilled
Jacuzzi dip (David Green couldn’t resist and had to hop in after a while!), we
dried off and I took a nap after a bit of nice texting with The Lovely Lady.
Then I was awakened to a loud bang at the door saying we were heading down to
the Crescent Club to rehearse. So we piled in the Splitter Bus and within 10
minutes Stevie had negotiated an endless stream of roundabouts in order to get
us to the club. And that got me thinking; wouldn’t it be easier to just make the
road go in a straight line instead of all these dang roundabouts? Or maybe it’s
a trick to get us to visit all the pubs along the way? I counted no fewer than 8
public houses from Mike’s to the Venue.
The promoter (Joe) and the sound guy
(John) were there to let us in. We set up and went about doing our thing from
about 5pm to 8pm. Headed back to Mike’s pad where Mike BBQ’d burgers and we
washed them down with Coronas. Mike’s neighbors, Robin and Hannah, came over, as
well as Mike’s parents, Jackie and John Harrison. We hadn’t seen his mum and dad
in ages and his mum always been sweet to me. Around the BBQ Robin’s fiance’,
Hannah, asked if The Lovely Lady was gonna fly over the pond for any shows. I
told them she’d just done her trek in Spain a few weeks back and had a busy
schedule and, with all that, I doubted she’d make it over. Of course, I never
count her out of anything!
Anyone who remember all the cool LOVE
merch we use to have back in 2002-2005 may or may not know that all that gear
was designed by our bassist, Dave Chapple. From the LOVE with Arthur Lee coffee
mugs to the LOVE one-size-fits-all knickers, it was all Dave. Well, he is back!
He has designed some way cool tee shirts (in black and grey) exclusively for
this UK tour. There is also a limited 15-song LIVE CD from the Burg Herzberg
Festival we played in Germany back in July of 2005. I’m including photos for the
curious. These are very cool so don’t get left out.
Finally hit the hay around
midnight...woke up again at 1:30am (just catching the Lovely Lady as she was
about to walk her pup!), fell asleep again and woke up at 4:30am, stayed up till
6am, went back to sleep and then woke up at 10am. And, as Dave’s job is to play
bass AND be the resident director of art design, my gig is to play guitar and
keep track of the merch in Excel with Dave. So, no hanging out all night after
gigs; I got work to do! Also, posters available!