This band also played the vintage instruments. It was great to see that. It gave this music a real authentic feel. It was very organic sounding. See a picture of the Black Angels to the left of this text. The Black Angels eventually went off stage and there was a 45 minute break.
Everything became a blur; I was having a good time. I stood there with my brother and business partner and just soaked it in. They did I Walked with a Zombie, Night of the Vampire, all that! The guy next to me was taping the show so....
Then, the singer of the Black Angels broke out the jug! They did Splash 1 and You're Gonna Miss Me! It was amazing! Later on, the band broke out more 13th Floor Elevators material. When they did Roller Coaster the crowd surged forward flipping out. They were screaming the lyrics and swaying around. It was something else.
Finally, the show ended and the singer from the Black Angels came down. I met him and we spoke. I told him that his band was waaaaaaay better than the Explosives! The Explosives are too polished. They sound like what they are: an Eighties new wave band. The Black Angels are perfect for Roky. They have that organic, fuzzed out, garage sound. The singer looked relieved and thankful. He acknowledged the mediocore reviews and said that they bothered him because Roky is such and influence on him. I told him to forget about the reviews. He then took my posters backstage for Roky to sign. He's such a cool guy.
We went back to the Dunes and then to Canter's for a nightcap. Guess WHO we ran into there? ROKY ERICKSON & HIS WIFE DANA! We spoke for about ten minutes. Roky was really cool. He was alert, happy and engaged in the conversation. I told him about preferring the Black Angels to the Explosives and Dana said that *they* liked the Black Angels a lot too. Here's a picture of Roky and I below:
It was the PERFECT ending to a fantastic evening.
The next morning we met, former Roky Erickson Guitarist and Producer, Mike Alvarez at Canter's for breakfast. Mike was just back from surfing. It must be nice. I've known Mike for 10+ years through the Internet but this was the first time that we met. He's really cool! See a picture of Mike Alvarez and I below here:
This was a truely great weekend. Go see this band! BTW, Roky DIGS the Roky Erickson CD Club!