THE LAST & X AT THE STARWOOD
APRIL 29th & 30th
"WILL THE STARWOOD EVER HIRE ANY
Well, at least the beer problem was resolved
that night. Mike told me how he was going to go broke having
to pay $2.00 every time he wanted a beer 'cause he had to bribe
Joe into getting beer by buying Joe a beer, too. Everyone
was relieved to find that the management of the Starwood had sent
a case of beer in a bucket full of ice to the dressing room (that's
one for their side).
A girl who works for the Starwood (who, from
this time on I will refer to as "Bleach Baby" for
reasons I can not begin to list) came backstage to tell the
Last how much time they had before they went on. She said there
was, "like a mix-up, ya know" last night,
AND that the Last's set was too long last
AND they ran behind schedule last night,
AND could the Last please get on stage at
AND would they be off at 9:30,
AND could that please include the encore!?!
(I take back that one for their side)
The Last went on stage at 9:00!!! (hup, two,
Everything sounded pretty good. They played
mostly new songs with the exception of a few old favorites. And
those new songs are better than ever, Vitus and Joe
have really out-done themselves this time with their catchy lyrics
and haunting melodies. Vitus even gets to show-off his singing
talent on the new album by singing lead on one of his songs, and
he does quite well I might add!
(excuse me Vitus, the song he sings
is called "Should I Say a Word")
Some other song titles are: "Everybody
Had it With You," "Subway Song," "Everyone's
a Holiday," "Look Again," "Snake in the Grass,"
"That's Just Life," et al.
The Starwood was packed both nights. They
played a great set. The Last was off the stage at 9:30!!!!!!!!
(about face, to the rear ho, hup, hup,
X played a good set, too. Tuesday
X had a big write-up in the Los Angeles Times, saying how
great their album is and raving about their producer, Ray Manzerik.
It also said that they were playing at the Starwood that night and
Wednesday, subsequently curious people from all walks of life (hippies,
businessmen, LA punks, tourists, glitter refugees...) came crawling
out of the woodwork to see the show.
Tuesday night, as X came out to do
their first set, amazed Exene gazed out into the faces of
the numerous people, God knows where they all came from, and said
something like, "Oh look Woodstock."
Back at the dressing room, "Bleach
Baby" came in about 3 minutes before the Last were supposed
to go on for their second set, and said, "Uh... uh...there...
uh... the... uh... uh... you guys go on in about twenty minutes."
Joe asked why they were waiting so long, and she replied, "Well...
like X's set was kinda short ... and, well ... ya know we're really
ahead of schedule, ... and, uh ... it's really ... like early, ya
So... In the mean time, Jeffrey Lea
and Don Waller, of Slash and Back Door Man
magazines, respectively, were backstage with the band and other
people well, to make a long story short, they were all a
bit sloshed (remember the bucket of beer?) and decided to sing a
bunch of songs a little out of key and a lot loud. Hearing the noise,
"Bleach Baby" came in and said to calm down, which
no one did. Some time later, she came back in to say, "Oh wow,
you guys are supposed to be on stage, like now!"
The Last staggered out to do their second
("Bleach Baby": Wow, you
give them an inch and they take a mile!! And drunk on top of that!!!)
The second set went amazingly well, despite
the band's difficulty: (a) standing; (b) falling into each other;
and (c) knocking their teeth out on the microphones.
IT WAS AN INTERESTING TWO NIGHTS.
The Last's next show is at the Starwood with
Berlin and Tex Cymbal and the High Hats on June 30.
For free tickets, send a stamped, self address envelope...
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