| Cursed Penn - 5/31/00
We're finishing up this run at the
MGM. Last night we had friends in the crowd (Mac and his
gang, Banachek, Tina) and a good size crowd. The show had
been really hot lately and we're getting ready for NYC. I'm
feeling very good about the show and having a blast doing
it. It just keeps getting better - except last night. The
opening went fine (I remembered the card), but on Looks
Simple my bass was awful. It sounded like Neil Young. I
thought it might be just my monitor and I asked Rex to turn
my monitor off, but it wasn't that. I tried everything
while I played, but nothing would fix it. I kept talking
and Teller kept working, but the bass went out. Robbie came
up behind me with another bass, I kept doing the bit and
changed basses, but the backup bass didn't have a strap and
wasn't turned on. I turned it and then, I was Kramer, I
dropped to my knee and played it that way but the backup had
the same problem, plus no strap. It was that the batteries
weren't checked on both. Rex fixed it by Séance.
That kept me a little off, and I couldn't really hit a
groove. I wasn't awful, but I couldn't find the pocket.
When I would ask for a volunteer or look for one for
anything, this guy would yell, "I know rob pike!" It's one
of the odder heckles. It wasn't stupid or bad, it was just
odd. I had no idea how to respond. I said something stupid
like, "Yeah, he's a good friend of mine, but . . . " I
didn't do much with it, that's for sure. After the show he
said his name was Thompson, but not Ken. What do I know?
There was nothing wrong with what he did; it just goes down
as a very odd heckle. I wish people would yell at Carrot
Top, "I know rob pike." If everyone did it, it would be
Then for Knife, the woman busted us. It's the first time
we've been full on busted so we had to cut the bit short.
don't think we could have done anything different and it's
only been once, so I guess we're okay, but what do you do
when you're busted on "Paper Balls over the Head?" It's a
But, I guess overall the show was okay, I mean, we didn't
get shot in the face and killed.