Saturday, 12 May 2007

Please bear with me for taking things a bit out of order, and late, but it’s just the way things go sometimes. I actually started planning this trip just after I got back from Roger Clyne’s CD Release Party at the end of March.

Wait, I don’t know that I ever wrote anything about that one…

Todd and I decided to fly to Phoenix to take in the release party for Roger’s new album No More Beautiful World. I grabbed the album a couple days before the trip and managed to give it a few listens before we flew. I’m still working on a larger review, but overall I really like it. Having heard a few of the songs last fall during the first road-trip, I sort of knew what to expect.

I wasn’t a big fan of the rotating stage, so that was a no-go for me. The crowd in Phoenix was kind of weird by my standards; I think Todd’s too. People were far more willing to just shove their way up front rather than getting there early enough to earn a spot at the stage. And, much to our surprise, a couple fights even broke out. I did get to see a few familiar faces, although it was 99% strangers. Would I do it again? Maybe, but not likely. I just don’t know for sure. One thing I do know is that I could go several years without seeing another cactus. They’re everywhere down there and, save for scattered palm trees, are practically the only vegetation to be found.

When we got back from Phoenix, some of the future dates leading up to Mexico solidified, so we started making plans. Distinct possibilities were Des Moines, IA; Brookings, SD; St. Louis, MO; Kansas City, MO; and two dates in the greater Denver, CO area. And Cinco de Mayo in Minneapolis! On a Saturday! This was going fully kick ass.

The two Denver shows were actually in Ft. Collins and Colorado springs on a Friday and Saturday night respectively. Air fare to Denver is cheap, and I have family in the area, so it was an easy decision to put them on my list. One of Todd’s daughters has an impending wedding, so he decided to skip the Denver shows. Des Moines and Brookings were also on the list, mostly because they were so close.

With the itinerary set, it was just a matter of logistics. Transportation, show tickets, hotels. Those are all easy once you decide where it is you’re going.

I’m counting the start of this road trip a bit earlier, even though I didn’t actually leave town until the 6th. Mostly that’s because I had a big concert week leading up to my travel days and it’s more fun to consider it one huge thing.

More on that tomorrow.

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