Hahaha I feel very lucky to be non-concussed. Thank you, Iris, for having a dainty little skull that causes minimal damage. Back story behind this is that some idiot started actually hitting Ariel once he took his top off. It was even leaving pink hand prints on him. I guess Ariel went round to each person in the front row and cracked their heads together to make a point. Point taken! ARIEL PUNK.
What a show. Ariel was super friendly and engaged with most everyone. I bumped into him in the street en route to the venue and he knew me by name. AP doesn't miss a trick. I acted as UK ambassador and apologized for the band's reception on Britain's behalf, but he insisted it was all great. "What did Tim and Jorge say? Don't listen to those guys!" Ariel is no complainer. He was even happy to sign my poster (he dedicated it, too, and spelled my name right- which no one ever does!).
Got to talk to Harry Merry again. Always a pleasure. He was very proud of this weird curly cucumber that he had picked up off the street. It was probably a reject from the local farmer's market, but he was showing it off and talking about how he was going to eat it. He broke one of his claws while playing his keyboard and he was giving it away as a souvenir. No one was taking it, so I said I'd have it. Not sure what to do with it now, but you can't have it! I guess now I can clone my own strange musical genius from his DNA. I've got two Harry Merry music mixes that he gave me that I will upload and share with everybody (once I've worked out what the tracks are and tagged them all). Great, obscure Dutch psych and glam from the 60's.
Tim Koh was wearing a berka and Don Bolles was rocking that bikini again. Such exhilarating raw energy during the show and a fucking fantastic set list including a lot of my favorites (Getting High in the Morning, Hot Pink!, Round and Round). Here is a video I shot during Somewhere in Europe. Ariel approached as I was filming and licked my camera lens!
Always lovely to meet up with Wowiezowie, too. I said so before, but thank you so much for taking me to the Tate (and generally hanging out with me). Got my dose of culture and saw some Bacon, Magritte, and Dali works in person, which made Ariel Pink day pretty much perfect!