Last night, The LeeVees played our world debut. After 48 hours of intense rehearsal at Dave’s house, we packed our stuff into the old guster van and drove 200 yards down the street to perform at Bridgeport’s Acoustic Cafe. This was by far the smallest club I’ve played in 10 years. The five of us just barely fit onto the stage for this intimate sold-out show to 150 people. Even though the crowd consisted mostly of Dave’s friends and hardcore guster fans that already knew and liked the record, I was the most nervous I’d been in a long time. It was only 2 days ago when we couldn’t even get through a song without a major screw-up.
Despite our lack of preparation, we pulled off the show and had a blast. It was a great night of music–Dave’s other band, The Zambonis, played in addition to the triumphant return of Philistines Jr. featuring The LeeVees producer, Peter Katis. Bridgeport’s favorite surf band, The Defenders, opened up. We even got our first fan gift– LeeVees cookies!
Of course, we also had the requisite drunk/grumpy heckler. Before we started he yells at me, “Play something good!” At first I thought he was encouraging us, but by the 4th time he said it during our set, I realized he was still waiting for something he deemed “good.” During “Gelt Melts” I caught myself wondering why someone would stay (in the front row, no less) for a show they obviously weren’t enjoying before realizing that I needed to
concentrate on the task at hand before screwing it up. I found out later that Dave actually knew the guy! Nice friends, Dave!
Another highlight was when Dave’s mom called in the middle of the show wondering why she hasn’t received her LeeVees cds yet. She called one of Dave’s buddies who yelled out in between songs, “Dave, it’s your mom–she
wants to talk to you.” “Right now?” a shocked Dave asks. He stopped the show in its tracks and put the phone up to the mic for all to hear her kvetch about how she ordered 5 cds from our website 2 weeks ago to no avail. It was damn funny and hard to do justice to after the fact. To get a sense of what I’m talking about, listen to Dave’s mom’s cameo in “At the Timeshare.”
Overall a successful show/dress rehearsal. Now all we have to do is try to win over 3000 Barenaked Ladies fans at the Symphony Hall tomorrow…yikes.