February 25th, 2008

The horns!

The realization of a lifetime dream.

OK, so it seems like whenever I post anything in any sort of journal or e-mail or myspace or whatever, it's about music. I apologize for that, but seriously, that's my life. No one really wants to hear about my latest adventures in CSS, or the difficulty I have getting clients to pay me, or any of that crap. And frankly, I just don't want to write about it. That stuff is necessary, but not important to me. What is important to me is music. I have a day job so that I can pay for music. It's NOT a cheap lifestyle. Whenever I wonder where my money goes, I just have to look at the ridiculous amount of music gear I own, the band tours I've financed, the recording sessions I've paid for, the mind-boggling number of CDs I own. That's why I rent an apartment instead of owning a house, and drive a hand-me-down minivan, instead of owning something NOT 15 years old...

Anyway, some people don't get it, but I'm happy. And I'm EXTREMELY happy with my current band The Lusties. I've been proud of the work of most (but not necessarily all...) bands I've been in, but there's always been some element that's been lacking. Not with The Lusties. With them, I feel like I have to step up my game - I might be the worst musician in the band. (And, in all modesty, I think I'm pretty good.) EVERYONE in the band loves it, and we all want it to be heard by others, to share this thing we love. We share the expenses and the responsibilities pretty equally. We've certainly had troubles, but in a weird kind of way, since the band is so important to us, we all make sure they don't last very long.

So all this work and sacrifice seems to have paid off a bit. We're recording stuff I actually want to listen to on my own time. We're being given opportunities to share space with musicians we admire - we played with Agent Orange in October, a band I've listened to since I was in high school, and we just recorded a track for a benefit comp that also features Robbie Fulks.

And, to finally get to the point that inspired this post in the first place, we're headlining a show at the Metro in Chicago on March 8.

Let me tell you about the Metro. My first show there was later than you might think, for someone who has lived in and around Chicago for so long. I was in college, living in Champaign IL, not Chicago like I do now, and I won tickets to see Michael Monroe of Hanoi Rocks. For someone who adored Guns 'N Roses as much as I did, seeing one of their biggest influences was a trip. Plus, halfway through the show, Slash came onstage to play.

Over the years, I have seen so many bands there that many of the bartenders know what I want as soon as I walk up to the bar. A small sampling of some of the greatest artists I have personally seen there: Wire, The Breeders, Poster Children, Interpol, Die Warzau, Nick Cave, Nina Hagen, Einstuerzende Neubauten, Frank Black, Rocket from the Crypt, Wedding Present, Naked Raygun, LCD Soundsystem, Afghan Whigs, Melvins, Dinosaur Jr., The Jesus and Mary Chain...

I could go on for hours...

James Brown has played there. Bob Dylan has played there. Nirvana has played there. New Order has played there. Smashing Pumpkins got their start there. Jane's Addiction got a healthy national boost there. Read their history for a sense of just how important this place is.

And now I get to play there. On a Saturday. Headlining.

Holy crap.

The show is Saturday March 8. Doors open at 8, and you can get in free with a printout of the flyer below if you show up before 9. You must be 18 or older. Camera and ReModern open.

Metro is located at 3730 N. Clark, Chicago.

Please come, and if you can't, wish me luck!