I’m thinking of all the friends that we have met along the way, some will go, some will stay.
2000-2001 Lisa Mills. You think she looks good, you should hear her sing.
El Ciego is Blindman and No Te Gusto is Down On Me, but that seems like not such a good translation. No Te Gusto means ‘you don’t like me,’ and the song means much more than that. Well, No Te Gusto means I Don’t Please You, if you please, but “looks like everybody in the whole round world… DOWN on me” is a whole different kettle of fish. More, kozmic, cosmic, universal… beyond YOU don’t like ME. More like the whole damn world don’t like me. And stronger than that, is DOWN on me.
There IS another meaning to Down On Me, as I was to learn from Marilyn Chambers.
We were going to go on the road together and she asked me to play Down On Me and she was going to sing it. She took the song literally and began acting out the down on me part. That was interesting.
The tour never happened for some reason, but we had a lot of fun rehearsing for it.
22 January 2000 Six Rivers Brewing Company McKinleyville California
26 January 2000 Paradise Lounge San Francisco
10 February 2000 Halley DeVestern
Simone Mo took this photograph of my tuner at the Koko Live Club in Biella Castelletto, Italia.
Doing Love, Janis at The Bay Street Theatre Sag Harbor New York
Catherine Curtin, who is married to Randal Myler, is now in Orange Is The New Black. She plays a prison guard.
Funny writer. I wish I could remember his son and the circumstances.
With Elise at the Village Theatre, Manhattan, for Love Janis. The Village Theatre is where I saw The National Lampoon Show in the 1970s, that featured all the people who were to become the core of Saturday Night Live a little later: Dan Ackroyd, John Belushi, Jane Curtin, Lorraine Newman, Gilda Radner.
Andra Mitrovich, Catherine Curtin and Cathy Richardson
Rob Clores, keyboards, and there is Joe Stefko in the back.
I spent February-March of 2000 in Paris writing songs and recording with Janice de Rosa and Marten Ingle.
During this time, I met Alan Merrill. We had a lot of late night Parisian jams at Janice de Rosa’s apartment in the Marais.
Alan has a natural songwritng talent, is a gifted singer and instrumentalist and a lot of fun to be with.
Alan Merril was the first westerner to achieve pop star status in Japan. He wrote I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll and was the first person to record it with Arrows in 1975. Then Joan Jett recorded it. Then Brittany Spears recorded it, so Alan is doing all right.
2 April 2000 Record Convention Pittsburgh
My brother Dan Andrew.
I played Beethoven 7 with this man and a hundred other musicians. He taught music at Redwood High School in Corte Madera, California.
Elise at the Acropolis.
In Austria, I sometimes stay in a town called Klagenfurt where Gustav Mahler had a Komponierhäuschen, a little composing house, on Lake Wörther.
Don Aters took this photograph.
26 May 2000 The Valley Grill Great Valley New York
27 May 2000 AM JAM Biker Festival Cobleskill Fairgrounds Cobleskill New York
28 May 2000 Joyous Lake Woodstock New York I’ll never forget the set that Charles Mingus did here one night. Incandescent, beautiful, swinging.
17 June 2000 Medicine Park Music Hall Medicine Park Oklahoma
With Lance Dresser on drums and Bill Ganaye (above, right, on bass) playing guitar. Bill was such a great guitarist.
Lisa Mills sang with us.
24 June 2000 Cuesta College San Luis Obispo California Lots of students, great bookstores, beautiful weather.
15 July 2000 Burg Herzberg Open Air Festival Hof Hühnstadt Germany with Lisa Mills
31 July 2000 Writing for Relix Magazne.
19 August 2000 Westover Winery Castro Valley California Elise played harp, I played guitar. We performed at several wineries during this time.
With Elise Piliwale Summer 2000
25 August 2000 Kelsey’s New Albany Indiana
26 August 2000 Motown Harley Davidson Taylor Michigan
With Peter Albin
29 August 2000 The Combat Zone Toronto Ontario
30 August 2000 The Ottawa Bar Windsor Ontario
31 August 2000 The Village Inn Leamington Ontario
1 September 2000 Classic Fest 2000 Windsor Ontario
2 September 2000 Rockin’ Rhythm & Blues Fort Erie Racetrack Ontario
3 September 2000 Roach Roast Festival Rainbow Farm Vandalia Michigan
8 September 2000 State Capital Steps Sacramento
22-23 September 2000 Alturas Night Club Reno
4 October 2000 The Landmark Hotel, hallway to room 105 Los Angeles Photo: Howard Sounes
7 October 2000 Schnepf Farms Festival Site Queen Creek Arizona
Tim Robbins Joel Hoekstra
Joel has a large “extra” part in Rock of Ages. He holds his own with Russell Brand in the Strip being destroyed scene, and that is saying something because Russell is very talented and he has the divine spark of energy in him… something that cannot be taught or learned, but is innate. And Joel holds his own. He commands as much attention in that scene as Russell does.
Another Englishman who could be destined for greatness. I hope so anyway. He deserves it.
Joel Hoekstra is probably the best guitarist I have ever known. Not the retiring type either. He did it the easy way. He practiced eight hours a day for twenty years. Anybody can do that, right ?
13 October 2000 Mississippi Coast Harley Davidson Anyway, Joel was on this gig with us in, Biloxi, Mississippi.
People from the Northeast say “OreGON” and “BiLOXee,” probably thinking that here on the Gulf Coast there are lox to be found. Lachs is the German word for “salmon” and that’s where lox came from. BUT, in the West they say ORegon and in the South they say BiLucksee.
With Lisa Mills
Wendy Causey Elise Piliwale Elise went to high school in Pascagoula, Mississippi.
25 November 2000 Paper Song Oakland
25 November 2000 Swan Marketplace Oakland
Victoria Rayles and Chet Helms 2001
3 February 2001 Paradise Beach Inn Grover’s Beach California Clams from Pismo Beach.
23 February 2001 Bio tuner ? I love that. It’s so Variety. Slang from the 1940s.
25 February 2001 We put a lot of work into this one.
24 March 2001 Schnepf Family Farm Queen Creek Arizona
26 March 2001
Musicians in the New York version of Love, Janis.
6 April 2001 New York Daily News
23 April 2001
Larry Etkin Joel Hoekstra Dan Cipriano 23 April 2001
26 April 2001 The after party for the New York Love, Janis.
27 May 2001 Ashkenaz Berkeley
1 June 2001 Sedgwick County Zoo Wichita Kansas
2 June 2001 Medicine Park Music Hall Medicine Park Oklahoma
Bill Ganaye played with us on this gig. Excellent musician.
4 June 2001 Heathrow, what a great name.
16 June 2001 Starlight Amphitheatre San Diego This is in Balboa Park, a lovely place.
17 June 2001 Pine Knob Auburn Hills Michigan
20 June 2001 Experimental Music Project Sky Church Seattle
22 June 2001 Keswick Theatre Philadelphia
23 June 2001 B.B. King’s Blues Club New York City
1 July 2001 Battlefield Harley Davidson Festival Gettysburg Pennsylvania
13 July 2001 Riverside Ballroom Green Bay Wisconsin
14 July 2001 Angel’s Saloon Hamler Ohio
15 July 2001 Motown Harley Davidson Taylor Michigan
18 July 2001 The Borderline London
With Peter Albin Chad Quist Lisa Mills and Todd Vinciguerra
19 July 2001 The Masque Liverpool
20 July 2001 The Brook Southampton
21 July 2001 Open Air Festival Burg Herzberg Germany
11 August 2001 Trump Taj Mahal Atlantic City New Jersey
12 August 2001 Gathering On The Mountain Blakeslee Pennsylvania
17 August 2001 The Thirsty Ear Tavern Columbus Ohio
18 August 2001 Lapeer Days Festival Lapeer Michigan
Jan Sullivan Elise Piliwale
19 August 2001 Emerald Queen Casino Tacoma Washington
24 August 2001 The Orbit Club Boynton Beach Florida
26 August 2001 Rockstock Toole Utah
14 September 2001 Elks Lodge Chico California
16 September 2001 Westover Winery Castro Valley California
20 September 2001 Beth Hart, Jon Nichols standing behind her, Todd Vinciguerra on drums. I never had Beth sing in Big Brother. She’s the only one I missed from the Love, Janis crew. I’d like to rectify that someday.
28 September 2001 San Diego opening of Love, Janis.
Dana Anderson and Jon Nichols
Randal Myler wrote Love, Janis based on Janis’ letters home to her family.
29 September 2001 Redwood Empire Fairgrounds Ukiah California
2 October 2001 Elise and I are married in Las Vegas. Smartest thing I ever did.
4 October 2001 The Landmark Hotel, room 105 Table by the window Los Angeles Photo: Howard Sounes
17 November 2001 Fox Theatre Redwood City California
21 November 2001 Cyndee-Sue’s Saloon East Bethel Minnesota
23 November 2001 On Broadway Springfield Illinois
See you next week?