Sunday, 05 November 2006

Todd and I got ourselves ready to go, dropped off the car and got to the gate at the airport without incident. It really went quite smoothly, although I always seem to get nervous going through the security checkpoints. I never run into any actual problems, but they have ultimate authority to really ruin your day and you have no recourse.

Other than that, what is there to say about a 90 minute airplane ride.

Back in the Twin Cities, Hjalmer and Sommer were kind enough to give me a ride home. It was really a blessing, because public transportation would have taken a couple hours instead of the 30 minutes it actually did. When you consider that Hjalmer lives Southeast of Minneapolis and I live Northwest, he went out of his way to make it happen.

Back at the house I didn’t even unpack. I just set my alarm and decided to take a nap. Then it was a quick shower and down to Harvey’s to meet up with people before the show. Tippy and Diane were there with a bunch of people from the board, but damned if I can remember any of their names.

I’ve talked about the Fine Line before, so we’ll dispense with the details about it.

Tippy, Diane and I took our places up front, while Todd got a table had hung out with his family. He had quite the entourage, really. His girlfriend, both daughters, their significant others, and his son Ted. His brother was supposed to be there too, but at the last minute he couldn’t make it.

I ran into Jeff, but didn’t recognize him at first. When I originally met him, he was wearing a hat so I never really got a good look at his face. Also, Destiny, his wife, was there the first time but was going to be late tonight. Something about a Godsmack show and being the “Cool Aunt.”

Todd had convinced Per to come to the show, and I think he sat at the table with Todd and family. I figured I’d catch him after the show. Hjalmer was there too, but Sommer wasn’t feeling well so she stayed home.

As Fast As tore it up again, with me singing along the whole time. Then it was Roger Time.

In spite of the crowd, Ted came up and hung out for a while. I think he’s the one that turned Todd onto Roger in the first place. From what I could tell, the Fine Line was even more packed than Joe’s in Chicago. No problem for me. I’m glad to deal with it because, and there’s no use denying it, I’m a Roger groupie.

Tippy got the setlist this time, but I got a picture. Going from what I found on the message board, including the couple add-ins it was:

Bury My Heart at the Trailer Park; Broken Record; Banditos; I Don’t Need Another Thrill; Mexico; Little Hungover You; Mexican Moonshine; Interstate; Wanted; Americano; Feeling; European Swallow; Honky Tonk Union; Nada; Leaky Little Boat; Love, Come Lighten My Load; Girly; Yahoos and Triangles; Loco To Stay Sane; Better Beautiful Than Perfect (by request for Jeff and Destiny’s anniversary); Tell Yer Mama; Mekong; Down Together ; with Green & Dumb; Jack vs. Jose; Counterclockwise; and Blue Collar Suicide for the encore.

After the show, we hung around for a while. Both Per and Hjalmer have drunk the Kool-Aid and are now Roger Clyne fans – Per especially. When things finally started breaking up, I walked with Todd and Lori back to their car so I could grab the my posters from the previous shows. Todd had transported them back as his second carry-on so they would make it safely.

On my way back to the car, I happened across Roger leaving the club and heading for the tour-bus. Nobody else was around, so I got a private couple minutes to chat and thank him for the great series of shows. He actually remembered my name from the previous night, which was really a shot in the arm.

I could seriously see doing another road trip to see a bunch of Roger Clyne shows. I don’t know that I’d do them spread as far apart as these four were. Luckily he’s known to do Lincoln, NE; Des Moines, IA; Cedar Falls, IA; Brookings, SD; then the Twin Cities. Each of those is only a couple hundred miles apart, at most, so a driving tour would be completely doable.

We’ll have to see what comes up when he tours the new album that’s supposed to come out next spring.

  • Originally recorded as a Refreshments track. † First time I’ve heard this one live.

Note: I started this post the day after I got back from my trip, but it took a while longer to get stuff together and get it posted.

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