So you want to put on a children's music show. Who do you book? How about someone who's been in and out of mental hospitals and prisons for decades, who sings in an anguished howl about monsters and demons? Someone who looks like this:
Sure, why not! Yesterday I took Baby Fab to her first concert. I was there, but I still can't quite believe it. It was NOT a nice little children's show, it was a full-on loud electric rock 'n' roll extravaganza performed with absolutely no concession to kiddie-music standards. Lots of parents did indeed bring their children, who sat in front of the stage, some with their hands covering their ears. But otherwise, they seemed to enjoy it. It was a great show, really fun, and over in 30 minutes. I brought along a portable audio recorder.
Roky Erickson - live at Echo Park Center For The Arts 5-19-10 1. I Walked With A Zombie
2. Two-Headed Dog 3. Goodbye Sweet Dreams 4. Ooh! My Soul 5. Night of the Vampire [cut-off] Unfortunately, due to my techno-clutziness, I didn't record the very surreal q-and-a with the kids. He cheerfully answered questions like: Q: How does the drummer play so fast? Does he get splinters? Roky: I hope that the drummer uses some magic gris-gris to protect himself! Q: Why was the zombie song so loud? Roky: Because some people were wearing headbands and heavy clothes and the music has to seep in... They wrapped things up with a blistering version of "You're Gonna Miss Me" (minus the jug player). His backing band Okkervil River was excellent. I got a free ChocoTaco. Baby Fab pretty much just slept.