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Nov 29, 06 02:52 AM

San Francisco: Bill Graham Civic Center, Nov 28: Pixx by Lisa San Gabriel.

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Posted by Mike at 2:52 AM

Nov 27, 06 02:21 PM

In Bryant Park, New York, January 2005, by Aaron Farrington.

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The bus is parked outside a Best Western in Oregon; we'll be here for eight hours while the driver sleeps. We're across the interstate from the Seven Feathers casino, which I'm sure I'll venture into in search of a buffet.

Ed from BNL came onstage to do "Unsingable" with us last night. Stately!

I've downloaded the six new Jay-Z tracks out of fourteen I dug the snippets of on iTunes and am enjoying them in a chilly hotel room. Best rapper alive? Only rapper alive.

Posted by Mike at 2:21 PM

Nov 22, 06 01:28 PM

Backstage at the Doug Fir, Portland, Oregon, May 2005, by Michael Rubenstein.

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"What is a cult? It just means not enough people to make a minority."

Robert Altman

Posted by Mike at 1:28 PM

Nov 17, 06 06:12 PM

Chicagoland: the Allstate Arena.

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Yes, sponsored by the insurance company. We felt very safe. Pete walked onstage without sticks and had to walk back off and go find some. FUNNY. I am happy to say that we all stood there in front of thousands laughing about it, not freaking out. That is the awesomeness of this rock and roll operation.

Pix by Fuzzy Gerdes

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Posted by Mike at 6:12 PM

Nov 14, 06 07:59 PM

Sizable Room.

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As is pretty common on these big tours, the buses here in Omaha are parked in a gigantic room adjacent to the arena. Sometimes--driving overnight, after the shows, as you do--you wake up in the morning, and step out of your bunk into these surreal grey spaces.

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Posted by Mike at 7:59 PM

Scrap Has Walked Out of a French Movie to Join Us in Our World.

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Posted by Mike at 7:43 PM

Wir Haben Das Fun Auf Dem Bus.

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(More accurately: Wir haben den Spaß auf den Bus.)

Posted by Mike at 7:39 PM

Nov 10, 06 11:45 PM

The Gray Ghost Winery.

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Pic--handed to me onstage by an unnamed fan at Loyola in New Orleans--backwards in the bus' kitchenette mirror.

Posted by Mike at 11:45 PM

Nov 8, 06 11:45 PM

Orlando.

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The venue was a giant Hard Rock shaped like a colosseum. It was located in a part of Universal Studios that was like a festive Times Square straddling an artificial lagoon.

I saw a fat guy wearing an I AM THE AMERICAN DREAM t-shirt.

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Posted by Mike at 11:45 PM

Kirby in a Ludicrous Cap Pete Bought Him.

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Posted by Mike at 11:36 PM

Maybe I Do Look a Little Like Gene Vincent.

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Posted by Mike at 11:34 PM

Nov 6, 06 11:44 AM

Radio Yes-You-Read-That-Right City

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Posted by Mike at 11:44 AM

Onstage at Radio City (By Francesca Caputo).

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Posted by Mike at 11:44 AM

Awestrucksoundcheck.

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Posted by Mike at 11:20 AM

Luxurious Backstage Environs.

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Posted by Mike at 11:19 AM

To Coexist with the Christmas Spectacular.

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As New Yorkers know, this is the season of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, featuring scads of kicking Rockettes dressed as toy soldiers and over-the-top TV ads that begin running in mid-September (really). Here are scenes of us brushing up against it.

Above: Scrap with Santa's sled looming above him. Below: xMas bureaucracy, Kirby in the stageside stable for the manger scene animals, giant drum and gifts, massive letters and hydraulic system beneath the stage, inexplicable portrait of Eisenhower next to fake rocks, floor guide in elevator.

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Posted by Mike at 11:09 AM

Whoa.

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Tonight's gig. Pretty freaky and great for a guy such as myself who's grown up in New York.

More on the shindig tomorrow.

Posted by Mike at 12:18 AM

Nov 4, 06 05:11 PM

More Burlington Pix (These By Listener Darek).

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Posted by Mike at 5:11 PM

Nov 3, 06 12:20 PM

Phila-Swell-Phia.

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The crumbling old Philadelphia Spectrum is a vibey joint; it's a happy accident that they haven't torn the arena down, there are three shiny new enormodomes for hockey, baseball, and football right next to it.

There's a banner up in the rafters noting that the Dead sold the place out 53 times. That is hip.

Note Pete McNeal's triumphant rock drummer position above.

(foto by Taia Razak)

Posted by Mike at 12:20 PM

Nov 2, 06 05:08 PM

Sexy Sexy Commonwealth Ave.

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Good night at the Agganis Arena in Boston last night. Loads of people at the post-show signing wanting me to sign their stuff. And lots of you-rock MySpace mail this morning. The sad part: we're in Philly and there'll be no time to get cheesesteaks from Jim's. To hell with delicious food, all we need is the love of the people!

(pixxx by listener Justin P. Goodheart)

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Posted by Mike at 5:08 PM

Nov 1, 06 04:46 PM

Burly Town.

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A.K.A. our Halloween gig at the Higher Ground in South Burlington, Vermont.

Nobody responded to my blog calling for wigs. So we had to wear spiritual costumes. Scrap was Bob Dole. I was Soledad O'Brien.

(fotos by listener Nick Villano)

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Posted by Mike at 4:46 PM
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