Wednesday, July 06, 2005


The storm seemed to follow us from Michigan, and it was wet all morning in Pittsburgh. The show begins with an initial load-in at 8:00 a.m. with the Mellencamp crew hanging the P.A. cabs and hanging the lighting rig. It is a massive undertaking, sometimes hampered by out-of-date venues, small loading docks, and weather, but they get it done every day. We pre-stage our gear on rolling risers at 1:00 p.m. and get the stage for soundcheck at 4:30. Jerry and I end up doing a lot of our stringing in the morning, setting up our workboxes inside the trailer.

Rainy and Empty

Rockabilly Guitar Man

Billy likes to warm-up with his Gretsch before the show, since he uses his Tele for the first half-dozen songs. He was sporting a classic pompadour coiff, appropriately acessorized with a Cowboy shirt and a toothpick for the show. Very Rockabilly.

Sun and Crowd

Eventually, the sun and the crowd showed up and as usual, JF and band played a rock and roll show that got them up and dancing.

Today we have a day off in Mansfield, MA. It is raining, natch. No word on the lost camera, but this new sony DSC-T33 has been great. Bigger view screen, thinner and more portable. maybe I can keep this one around longer than 6 months.

I love the new laptop. It's a Dell Inspiron 600m that's lighter, thinner and faster than my old Vaio. As soon as I get access to an external hardrive, I'll transfer the contents of the Vaio to this Dell and be back to normal.


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