It's worth the service charge to be sure I have tickets
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But I have to say, my favorite place to see him, and my favorite Robyn performances have been at ol' Shank Hall. His "guitar and a car" tour for "Moss Elixir" was a night of 12-string heaven accompanied by Tim Keegan (a nice earnest chap): and I finally met him that night and got my copy of that album Paul Rock sold me (and learned it was an Italian pressing to boot). The last time he cam through, he delighted the oldschool fans with renditions of "Only the Stones Remain" and blew me away by playing "Freeze" -- a song whose dissonance and complexity I didn't think could survive without a full band, but it worked. And I'll credit that to the room. I don't think it would have worked at the Rave, that's for sure. The acoustics and ambiance at Shank fit him. He comfortably walks through the audience, and the room is big enough to hold all his fans, but small enough to make up for the fact that he's usually alone. And that suits his style. You can hear every word he sings and says, and to a Hitchcock fan, that's crucial because he is a master wordsmith and storyteller. Even if he never played a note, I'd be happy to pay to just listen to him talk all night (and most Hitchcock fans would be perfectly content with a spoken word tour). But then he'll pick up his guitar and sing, and play (and he's fashioned himself into quite the interesting guitar player over the past quarter century) and I'm in heaven for a couple of hours. I don't know who (if anybody) he'll have with him. Last tour he had in his band, among other people, Peter Buck, but if that's what he needs to draw in the bigger cities, so be it. Plus, girls, even with his graying hair (he's aging gracefully and wonderfully) he is my all time favorite piece of rock and roll eye candy, and while its shouldn't matter to this married mother of two, that is the icing on a very rich, complex, and ultimately satisfying cake.
Anyway, Brian calls me yesterday and lets me know that I've got an alert from Ticketmaster, that Robyn tickets for 11/2/07 go on sale. I checked the calendar -- oh dear God, CONFLICT. I have tickets to Hamlet at the ballet (and that's going to be fabulous as well: Armani suits and music by Phillip Glass!) and my ballet season tickets are my dates with Stella. No fear, I call the ballet's office and as a season ticket subscriber, they're only happy to swap out my tickets for a different evening's performance. OK, ballet taken care of, email to sitter to reserve the Robyn night!!! OK, let's not risk a sellout. Here I go.
OK, that first weekend in November is shaping up quite nicely. Thursday with the Ballet, Friday with Robyn Hitchcock, and so I put out this challenge: Who's playing Saturday the 3rd to make it a perfect long weekend?
Edited to Add: my bass player, Dan "Myles" Mullen, reminds me that the last time Robyn came through town, Hitchcock played through Mullen's Fender Twin Reverb guitar amp. I don't know the circumstances, did Hitchcock's break or get stolen -- I just know that I would be most honored if Myles let me plug into that amp next time I'm at his house for rehearsal. Hell, I've played through Mark Shurilla's amp. Why not this?