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The Low Budgets' 2004 Southern Tour Diary

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04/17/04

Richmond VA - MacCormacks

According to Joe:

  We got into town too early. After loading our gear into the club, up one flight of stairs, we walked around the area looking for something to do. There was an Internet cafe with overpriced coffee. We passed. A lot of stores were closed. Laser tag was open - lots of pre-adolescent ids. We got sodas and decided to walk to the river where squatters live on an island. On the way there we met up with Jocelyn and Kat who drove down from Philly for the show. (Global Chaos were on the bill with us tonight.) They walked with us to the river.

  Eventually Global Chaos showed up in their foul-smelling mini-van. They regaled us with stories from their tour for which this would be their final show. The club (MacCormaks) fed us a free spagetti dinner and promised us a case of beer (which never arrived). Bucky (the promoter) and his band, Moral Minority, showed up - nice guys.

  A lot of waiting before the show began.. I spent some of the time repairing three broken keys on my organ. The sound guy from the club saw me working on it and gave me a multi-meter and soldering kit which some other band had left behind. That was nice of him. Finally after what seemed like hours, Global Chaos played.

  Some people from the bar came upstairs to watch, but an angry, muscled bouncer told them that drinks were not allowed upstairs, so they went back down. The crowd for Global Chaos was pitifully small.. Dandrew, me and the Moral Minority kids. Still, they were awesome and tighter than ever.

  The crowd for Moral Minority, up second, was even worse - just Dandrew, me and some other person. Bucky sounds a lot like Jello Biafra. They put on a good show. But I was impatient to play.

  Finally.. their set was over. By then I was the only person left watching. Then Dandrew and Steve came up and told me that we weren't playing because Chris cancelled the show. They asked me to go reason with Chris to get him to change his mind.

  I went downstairs and found Chris in the van. Apparently one of the angry bouncers would not allow Chris's wife, Ceci, into the club because they "smelled beer" on her breath. Ridiculous! I went up to the bouncer at the door and tried to reason with him but it was no use. (He said it wasn't him.) Anyway, the decision had been made. We would not play.

  I went upstairs to grab what remained of our gear (Chris had already loaded the lion's share into the van) and had to deal with about 15 peopel who had been drinking at the bar downstairs during the opening bands' sets and now expected to see us play. They wanted their 5 dollars back. I told them to fuck off. But, out loud I told them to try to get their money back from the bar because I certainly didn't have it.

  Then I had to contend with the owner of the club, a guy named Mack, who gave me a 15-minute rant about he wasn't in this for the money, he was in it for the music and the kids, and he had just gotten slapped with a $5,000 fine after an 18-year old was caught with a beer at the previous show and he had to be very careful or he'd lose his license and no band had ever walked out a gig on him before. He was apologetic but annoyed.

  Bucky directed us to his friend Danny's house who put us up for the night. Danny used to be a slave for Gwar and worked on some of their video productions. Now he plays guitar for Bloody Crackdown. He smoked bowl after bowl and predicted "World War 3" doom and gloom for the U.S. in the middle east while watching a documentary about WW2 on the History Channel which never seemed to end. I had a pretty good night's sleep.


According to Dandrew:

From Dandrew's Tour Sketchbook From Dandrew's Tour Sketchbook


According to Jocelyn:

  so friday kate and i decide that we wanna have some fun on tour too, seeing as global chaos were counting up man points, trying to see boobs, and having a masturbation race.    we decide that since the budgets were playing in VA along with GC, we'd be awesome girlfriends and go and hang out with our friends as a bonus.   So we're like, ok, gonna leave early, get some beer, rock out....we finally got on the road around 1 because we had to get beer, of course, get some ice for the cooler, fuck yeah!, and then get some $....so we drive the 4 1/2 hrs, 95 sucks ass by the way, and we got winked at and waved at and realized that the farther we drove south, the scarier the drivers next to us would get. i swear we saw about a bagillion jesus fish and awesome towns like powhitey, the ni river, the po river, god i wish i could remember all the freakin weird town names, like desfries and mannidix...so we get to richmond about 5 PM to find out that the show started at 11 PM...so i called   brian and we met up with the budgets...we saw dandrew but he had to get somethin so we left without him and figured he would use his uncanny canadian trakcing abilites to find us...chris and ceci were on a search for an island, but me and kate were too lazy so we discussed such topics as labrynth and steve's fuscia hair and dandrew's candian goose call instead...then me and kate decide to drink and go down by the mighty brown river and have a few...some family was climbing on this catwalk under the train tracks, dumbasses, so we left and met up with the budgets again...at this point GC is 90 miles away...they had just stolen some shit from the house they satyed at in 'tucky but left all their cymbols there...so we drink and socialize in this weird ass town of mostly bars and hairsalons and finally GC gets there.   we chat some more and decide to go smoke, but bert had the keys to the van and went of romancing so we had no rolling paper...steve magically provides for us and we were off...earlier on dandrew's walk to find us he found a bag of oranges tied to the tracks...this seemed fair game so we looked for them and went down by the ncie part of the canal started and tried to get up on the train tracks but were thwarted by a big fence...so we chill by the river and have rock throwing contests and everyone threw rocks into this shallow ass canal and saw how big the splash/rock ratio was...low and behold the oranges were there as well and we decided that they definatly needed to be thrown at something...apparntly we were under freight train tracks so when the train came we thought we'd be stealthy and try to hit it...that was a no go so johnwood threw an orange at steve and hilarity ensued...poor steve, he had to change 1 of his 2 clean shirts, oh well....so then we get back cause they remebered they had to play...everyone loaded in and sat around cause no one showed up..the guy bucky who put on the show bought everyone pizzas cause he's a cool dude and i felt sorry no one showed up to his show...so while i'm waiting for the show to start i hang out in this room with a mounted motorcycle with brian, deane, and wood....wood brought me a beer and i placed it on the ground, i thought it was straight...the jerk who owns the bar comes up and cards us, long story short i got kicked out for having a beer next to me...admitedly my fault but then he proceeds to tell me his sob story about some 5000 dollar fine, yeah dude, whatever...so me and deane couldn't go in, he was only 17 and it was 18+...so we chilled, watched drunk people and car accidents, and then when GC was done we got the fuck out...it sucked and apparently after that ceci couldn't get in either, assholes, so the budgets couldn't play...psssssssssssssh!   so then i rode back home with GC minus bert and kate in the gross nut smell ridden van, and i scored a man point for farting in the van...long story short, VA sucks, tour vans smell, McCormick's SUCKS and to all the girlfriends, tour is not as glamorous as they may make it seem!!Dandrew


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