Mitch Pileggi Confirmed for #NYCC After Party October 8

Mitch Pileggi Confirmed for NYCC After Party October 8, 7:30 to benefit No Kid Hungry @nokidhungry

Join us for a New York Comic Con Off-Site X-Files Fan Event including Improv Comedy, Q&A with Mitch Pileggi (And possibly other special guests) and Trivia at the Broadway Comedy Club, 318 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019. Just a 5-minute cab ride form Javits center or (10-15 minute walk). $20 from every ticket will be donated to NO KID HUNGRY (100% of GA tickets). VIP tickets will include front row seats, 1st round form the bar and snacks. GA tickets will require a 1 drink minimum ($5-15 includes non alcoholic options).

 

Confirmed Special Guests: Mitch Pileggi (Walter Skinner)

Mitch is best known for his nine years as Assistant Director Walter Skinner in the FOX series THE X-FILES and for his role as Horace Pinker in Wes Craven’s SHOCKER. as well as his DALLAS, SONS OF ANARCHY, GREY’S ANATOMY, STARGATE: ATLANTIS, SUPERNATURAL, MEDIUM, LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT, and the films RECOUNT, FLASH OF GENIUS, and THE X-FILES: FIGHT THE FUTURE & THE X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE.

Hosted by Walt Frasier (Letterman, Royal Pains, Blue Bloods)

In addition to contributing to the Duchovniacs website and activities, Walt Frasier is a professional actor/comic with a career including TV, Theater and over 5000 professional comedy shows in Times Square and touring Nationwide. 

With Mini Interactive Improv show – LMAO by EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH

Similar to WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY, the cast of EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH delivers original scenes and songs based on audience suggestions and participation. So with this crowd you can assume some X-files Themes Songs and Sketches…

Mitch Pileggi Confirmed for NYCC After Party October 8, 7:30 to benefit No Kid Hungry @nokidhungry

Proceeds from the tickets sales will go to NO KID HUNGRY. At the time of this posting we have already raised over $500, so help us help the kids!!!

NYCC X-FILES OFF SITE FAN EVENT with special guests and more

We will be co-hosting a very special off site event Sunday October 8, 2017 at 7:15pm, celebrating 24 years of X-Files and in anticipation of Season 11.

We have confirmed at least 1 VERY SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE (TBA ASAP) and perhaps more.

So if you are in town for New York Comic Con or in NYC and could not get tickets, come on over.

Don’t miss another event or this could happen…

Or this could happen without you…

 

Every time Duchovniacs get together, magic, or at least insanity, happens…

7pm doors

7:30 mini Improv show by LMAO hosted by Walt Frasier

8pm Q&A with special VIP guests and trivia

8:30 stay for stand up comedy at 9pm or join us for after party and nearby bar.

 

David Duchovny ushering new musical appreciation: Keaton Simons to Infinity Girl to The Beatles

David Duchovny ushering new musical appreciation:
Keaton Simons to Infinity Girl to The Beatles

Walter at FAO Schwartz dancing Heart and Soul

Walter at FAO Schwartz dancing Heart and Soul

If you had told me two years ago that starting this website would lead to an entire musical journey inspired by David Duchovny I would have laughed.

cuttingroomalbumcoverThis journey started May 12 at the Cutting Room. I had heard some of the album and at first was not impressed. But I had not listened either.

That live experience started a deep interest in David’s writing and the musical skills of his band which are well documented here and well evidenced by my travels since May 2015.

So skip ahead to May 2016. We had just returned from Europe when a few of us caught Keaton Simons live, two nights in a row. Loved it immediately.

Keaton as you may know plays an integral part in David’s early music path.

I personally started in life as a musician. A jazz trumpet / piano player, with love of oldies, and Blues Brothers type covers of classic oldies and blues on crack.

I know more about the theory than my own playing would let on, which makes me more suitable to be a music critic or teacher at this point. But I still know the language of Jazz and dig the blues.

So Keaton’s music speaks to me as he moves from Chicago Blues to Rock to the hippest of Jazz Guitar standards. I joked about the REAL BOOK wanting to jam with Keaton last month when we saw him playing solo. Quite simply, Keaton is the musician I wish I was.

Those two May 2016 nights Keaton was joined by opening act, Makuta, who I have since become social media friendly and followers. I now have the music of both Makuta and Keaton in my head often.

Now skip ahead to this past winter as we followed David’s band mates other projects around to the underground Brooklyn music scene.

About to turn 45, I enjoyed pretending to be a 25yo beatnik in search of music too hip for the radio air waves.

I found it.

Infinity Girl hurt my ears (I’m old) until I got plugs and appreciated the nuances in the noise. Hiding in that wall of sound are seriously gifted jazz cats playing at level 11.

We also followed Kernan O’Meara to Brooklyn for his lilting vocals and soothing alternating arpeggiated major seven and diminished chords.

Then we follow David’s sound engineer, K. Marie Kim to her one women band where she is a master of rocking out new age electronic music and a beautiful singer.

Forgive me if my analysis is off as a music critic, as you all and your talents defy labels.

At each stop there are other bands, and curious venues. I think in total we are up to 6 venues and about 20 unique musical groups, and a number of local food joints from Pizza to Alcoholic Milk Shakes, all because we are fans of David Duchovny.

The chances of me buying an album for most of these groups would be slim before this period in my life, but love each for who they are live. I am driven to lend my expertise in marketing independent artists (mostly myself) and expose them to my 1000s of social media followers.

I regret not getting into this scene sooner, remembering a brush with it when our comedy showed played the Knitting Factory in 2003ish. After we finished our show I heard my first live SKA band. They looked like my college big band, replacing In The Mood with Reggae.

Great Friends hanging out Squint and you’ll see @davidduchovny lol @intheirlives #beatles

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Then there was last night, listening to David and other writers discuss the Beatles and their work for the new anthology collection of essays IN THEIR LIVES

David Duchovny and Rick Moody discuss Beatles and heartache.

David Duchovny and Rick Moody discuss Beatles and heartache.

IN THEIR LIVES:
Great Writers on Great Beatles Songs
with a note from edited by published by

In Their Lives

Now I have been a Beatles fan for years. But admittedly my tastes have leaned to the pop spectrum of music, having come of age musically in 1979/1980.

Hall and Oats may be the first group I distinctly recognize listening to on the radio. PRIVATE EYES ARE WATCHING YOU.

Born 1972, I am an 80s kid. But the pretentious fans of alternative rock kept me away from the Cure etc. I stayed with MJ, Prince and Madonna. I was the epitome of a top 40 fan. I am the source of Hipster puke.

But I had a friend whose older brother introduce him, and therefore me, to Yes, Rush and Pink Floyd.

But in my house is was the Beatles Love Songs that I heard repeatedly.

Meanwhile I was winning awards as best county jazz trumpet soloist in 1985. I played in a communityband with my father, learning Sousa, Broadway, and Oldies. I would sit in with my father’s Dixieland Band.

By College I moved from trumpet to Broadway Musicals and eventually Opera. I have been a fan or performed the top 40 songs of every era since Bach.

But somehow I missed a lot of amazing music. I would nod supporting when folks praised the White Album or Abbey Road.

Last night I heard David Duchovny talk about his connection to Dear Prudence. I heard that song for the first time today.

Then David and Rick Moody, after a brief poor attempt to tie in Ricky name to Californication, discussing the Abbey Road Medley.

I am really good at acting like I know what your talking about. Much better than Trump. Smart folks believe me lol

So I sat down in the past hour and listened to Abbey Road start to finish.

Jaw droopped.

Now I want to produce the Broadway show Abbey Road, but realize this has not been done because the Great White Way would ruin it.

I see a movie the likes of The Who’s Tommy. Would this have happened if THE END was not truly the end.

A little more context for my passion to write this blog….

Just last week, one late sleepless night stressing over the Leste Holt Donald Trump interview I saw the documentary abut the making of Pet Sounds, the album that many credit for inspiring Abbey Road.

Within the past year I saw CNN’s 1960s series episode on music. I thought about this alot. The 1960s started with Elvis and Bubble Gum Beach Boys. Then the Beatles and British Invasion sweep in. Meanwhile the Rolling Stones teacheck white people about Black Music, unleashing Ray Charles and The Godfather of Soul.

This all inspires Brian Wilson to get off the road and live in studio until we get Pet Sounds

This all leads to the late 60s explosion of music experimentation i(Most Chuck Berry Songs) and 1-6-4-5 ballads (Earth Angel, Blue Moon). There are no limits musically or lyrically, beyond the 1-5-6-4 (Don’t Stop Believing).

I am a musician since birth, or at least since 40 years ago today, when I came home from seeing Star Wars, plunked out the theme on piano and was forced into lessons the next week.

I can talk the talk and walk the walk for a lot of songs.

But these past two years have deepened my relationship to my first language and love. And now I feel I am just starting my journey. I want to rediscover late 1960s. I want to rediscover the experimental scene of the 1970s. MAYBE some 1980s and beyond but Happy with Prince and Dougie Fresh.

David Duchovny ushering new musical appreciation: Keaton Simons to Infinity Girl to The Beatles

COMING SOON

NEW ALBUM featuring 12-14 new original songs from David Duchovny

NEW Tour with exciting dates / locations TBA

X-FILES Season 18

More movies, TV shows etc etc etc

FOLLOW this blog and out twitter feed for more and check out David’s Music site

http://www.davidduchovnymusic.com/

 

Flu nor Virus Can’t Stop Duchovny, Whistle While You Work Birchmere Alexandria VA 2/26/2017

 

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Three big highlights tonight.

  1. OPENING ACT ROCKED – K. Marie Kim is a genius sound engineer that makes David sound amazing every night. Turns out she sings and plays piano and really knows how to make musical toys (special effects) work better than most. (See post below)
  2. COLIN CAN REALLY WHISTLE – The band played a scaled down LATELY IT’s ALWAYS DECEMBER with Keenan carrying tune Acoustic Guitar,  Pat laying down what Pat does (beyond words), and Colin shaking his egg (rhythm toy – percussion). But then busted out a solo whistling what he often plays on the keys. It was so perfect. The guys also had more back up harmonizing vocals – or perhaps we just heard a cooler blend with less instrumentation. IF ANYONE HAS VIDEO PLEASE SHARE
  3. DAVID WAS SICK (read below)

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We cannot say for certain what it was but David was not feeling well tonight. A fever was reported by DD himself and there were other signs of issues, but we will skip any talk of bodily fluids.

That being said I noticed something…

Those that follow closely will remember David being sick in Luxembourg last May. He powered through but was noticeably feeling awful.

You may have also read my blog from Friday (Saturday AM) about how impressed I was with David in Jersey.

At first tonight, when they said David was not feeling well, I thought – I wonder if David just is not used to powering through that hard (Friday’s performance) and needed time to recover.

When you are not used to that much singing at that intensity, it can take a couple days to recover. Even Opera singers only do two show each week.

I personally had zero voice Saturday just from screaming and dancing. It took everything I had to sing Man of La Mancha ending for Mitch Pileggi via twitter conversation. But when I went to sing another song with Duchovniacs, I virtually passed out on stage.

Tonight was another sign of David’s maturity as a singer. Despite vocal issues, he never once suffered regarding pitch. His voice was gruff but that works for this bluesy folk rock music.   David is the consummate story teller.

What I did notice is something that happens to a seasoned live performer. While it hurts and you feel like you are falling way short of your best, you are so hyper focus to over compensate for illness/fatigue, your over all performance is actually better than other times.

Perhaps that big money note lacks, but the rest of the performance is that much more connected.

Lyrical pretty singers/songs suffer greater from illness. But the story teller just sounds like he/she had too many smokes, which is not terrible for this style. The result is – as David put it – sounding more like Joe Cocker (or Janice Joplin for the ladies).

But beyond one or two moments where David paused for some tea, the over all performance was great. He danced a little less but the performance was perhaps even more filled with soul and meaning from the lyrics. As we learning musical theater, act through the song, don’t sing it.

Just 10 month ago David did not succeed as well under similar circumstances. We still loved the shows but some notes were flat. They might be flat in good health.

Here is what I told a number of new fan friends…

  1. David is a crazy awesome writer.
  2. His Celeb status gave him access to some off the charts amazing musicians that carried him the past 2 years musically.
  3. He is now coming into his own as a singer/musician. He is clearly working on his instrument, and now has enough live performance experience to know how to process the instrument under distress.

Almost anyone can sing pretty for a few moments. But it takes training to learn how to keep a voice healthy even when the body is not. It takes time to build up that endurance.

The voice is a muscle that needs developing.

For all his struggles tonight, I heard some decent notes in David’s upper register I don’t think were there just 8-10 months ago.

The audience still got a great performance. Better than many/most from before the past two weeks. I would still put tonight in top three of this past two weeks.

If nothing else, I am not sure David could have done “Lately It’s Always December” like that a week ago. That is a tough song and he was more exposed than ever. I am so craving acoustic tour / online videos / tracks…

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RECAP: David Duchovny Concerts – BOSTON, HUNTINGTON & ASBURY PARK

BOSTON HUNTINGTON ASBURY PARK
David Duchovny in  Concert

EVERYTHING TONIGHT WAS BIGGER BETTER BOLDER…

BOSTON HUNTINGTON ASBURY PARK
David Duchovny in Concert

Working backwards here is David and the Manana Club rocking out BECAUSE THE NIGHT at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park NJ. As I stated in a follow up tweet, this was the last cover I would have expected, but they NAILED it.

Now at the halfway point of the east coast leg of the 2017 Hell or Highwater winter concert blitz, I finally have a few moments to reflect. This is the result have drinking a huge coffee at Wawa in order to get everyone back to where they needed to be before landing the monster bus back in our drive way.

So I apologize for any 4am blabs and typos in advance…

WHY DO I GO TO SO MANY CONCERTS?

  1. The fans. We meet so many great people from around the world. Many of them currently sleeping in my house. Our group this week alone represents Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts, Virginia, Maryland, France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland and Slovenia. Many are friends we met last May as we followed David around in the RV. And each concert we see different old friends and make new ones.
  2. David now has two albums recorded (2nd currently in post production awaiting the team to return from the road to make some big decisions on what makes the cut etc) In total we have heard 19 songs live so far. 12 downloadable from Amazon etc on HELL OR HIGHWATER. There are about 7 more we have yet to discover and 2 songs written by Colin and Pat (Not sure if those are in addition to the 7 or not)
  3. David has nearly a dozen covers he might bring to the stage. Tonight the band debuted their cover of “Because the Night.” We got some of Lou Reed, Tom Petty, David Bowie and The Band tonight. We regularly get Sly and the Family Stone and others.
  4. Every venue/town add it’s flavor – local crowds, theater/club lay outs, and local cuisines for lunch / dinner/ drinks before and after events. We are seeing the world, and a lot of it in a short time.

All of the above factors produces a unique experience with every show. Add to that some amazingly intimate moments in the VIP sound check parties, Q&A, photo ops…

In my wrap of the west coast I glowingly shared my love of the new songs. I have been hoping for an interview, because I am personally inspired more and more to get inside David’s head – and all the band for that matter – regarding process, thoughts behind certain lyrics, next steps.

I usually hang back during Q&As and let other fans have their moment with David. But seeing a few too many usual suspects.

A fan friend (#FAND?) at Seattle meet & greet Q&A tweeted the other day that David said the most common question regarding both his music and writing projects was “What’s your favorite X-Files episode?”

Tonight I though David was about to walk off the stage when a “fan” asked an inappropriate question about his similarities to Mulder. Seriously folks actors are not their characters. David is not Mulder, Hank or Sam (or any other character he ever played). While elements of the actors live in the characters, and we sometimes are effected by certain developments of character, we need to separate. Fan Fiction and Fantasy needs to end at your online chats and diluted minds. If you truly are a fan, support the artist. They have amazing things to offer far beyond some’s narrow vision. Sorry – I digress.

FYI While on the subject, grabbing a person without consent is technically a criminal offense. Again, if you are a fan, have some respect. If you like having access to a star like David via live concerts, book signings etc, perhaps a little less offensive behavior will encourage more events. OK NO more on that subject (It is 4am and I have been up for a week with a few naps, most not behind wheel of 15-seat passenger van)

When you truly have fun and enjoy the moment for what it is, singing a long, dancing, laughing etc– EVERYONE has a great time. OK THAT’S IT!

SO with all that being said, I started asking some questions, and it occurred to me while driving north on the Garden State Parkway this morning, I could cut/paste all my questions and David’s answers and have a make shift interview. I wish I thought of that idea sooner and took some notes, but here goes what I have ascertained from the experience (including answers to other’s questions as well).

New album is on the way. The studio sessions are complete. The album needs to be mastered. There are 14 songs plus 2 written by Colin and Pat. David and Brad are still hashing out exactly what 10-12 numbers will make the final cut.

Singles that do not end up on the album may be released as singles via various online platforms, or through their website directly.

Additionally, David, Colin and Pat are discussing a serious smaller acoustic projects that may include both online tracks of the songs we love scaled down, and touring some smaller venues. If you had the pleasure of catching the guys perform HELL OR HIGHWATER (song) for the Love-a-Thon on inauguration day, that captures a bit of what they have in mind. They did a couple concerts in Vancouver last year along these lines with great success.

There is no third album on the way yet. David was a little overwhelmed by that concept having just spent months in the studio and couple weeks jetting/training around the country.

There maybe some other end products from this music project but nothing is definite yet. I do not want to reveal publicly anything David and Brad revealed (although I am sure it is on twitter somewhere). These deals can often be fragile and I do not want to sabotage or jinx negotiations. But this question of mine comes from my love of the new songs. All of David’s songs have very specific moods and stories. I hear Half Life (Unconditional Love I called it by mistake last week) as a montage song in a John Hughes starring Molly Ringwald film.  I know, we all hate montages – so forgive any unintended insults as I absolutely love this song (and STUCK in my head for past 5 hours) – because there are so many bad ones, and the medium is over used in general. But once in a while, the right song and the footage edit delivers storytime gold.

PS I will be cutting back a little bit with my LIVE tweeting and Periscoping.

  1. I want to have some fun, sing and dance – without ruining a perfect video shot.
  2. David wants us to have fun, sing and dance. Not because he needs attention, but seeing us have fun feeds his performance.

TONIGHT was an AMAZING SHOW!!!
Despite a large number of selfish ….

Well lets not go there – they were drunk and felt pushing and shoving earned them better spots up front. I fixed that in my section. You guys realize that there is no where for us to go when you push forward. Folks that have been in line for hours to get great spots are either forced out or painfully shoved against the stage and guard rails. Some have been hurt physically. One such aggressor was removed by security in Huntington, after shoving one of our friends into the stage, twice (second time after warning from security).

The Stone Pony is a fantastic venue. They have great drinks, with pretty great prices for a club. The stage is legendary. The room was packed. A lot of folks were ready to party last night. There were more people singing and dance along than any venue this year yet.

As a result, David was the best I have seen/heard. He was on fire with energy, feeding off the audience. Even the sound check was crazy fun.

I think this started with David’s respect for the room’s history. He brought HIS A Game.

The crowd responded. He responded.

The dancing was more kinetic than ever.

The breath support was the best I have seen/heard. David is not a “Singer”, right? Or is he now? I watched him belt out one long note after another in ways I did not think even he knew he could. But he got bitten by the LIVE performance bug and just went to town on every song.

Something very interesting happens when confidence meets love of life as a performer. Everything seems to click. Every note seems on pitch. Every moment is filled. I love David’s writing, his story telling in his performance of his songs, the band and the way they interpret and support vocally and instrumentally.

Tonight for me, his journey as a musical performer reached a new pinnacle – from the guy that picked up a guitar 6-7 years ago, via that first time I heard he was doing an album (Sure I was one of the “WTF” fans early 2015 before the Cutting Room concert) to 18+ months of touring around the world, dealing with vocal fatigue in Luxembourg, and shear exhaustion at many stops.

Tonight I truly respect David as a singer. Everything just hit – no matter how exposed the melodic ballad or rocking out to the biggest get the crowd hopping and dancing jams.

This is not me, Walt Frasier Super Fan (And apparently Davids pick for 3 on 3 Dream Team – oh that’s the other guy? never mind). This is Walt Frasier, professional singer/actor/comic with some opera experience and vocal coach.

Lesson learned for all?

GO FOR IT!!!! If you fear failure, you will probably sing flat. If you could care less you may crack but you and your audience will have a ton of fun, AND you will probably hit EVERY note.

David was AWESOME TONIGHT.

Thanks to all the band, producer, venue, best venue staff yet, #FANDS (Fans/Friends)…

See you Sunday in VA!

David Duchovny at Social Hall San Francisco Duchovniacs 2/15 Wrap-Up

David Duchovny at Social Hall San Francisco Duchovniacs 2/15 Wrap-Up
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SAN DIEGO WRAP-UP
LA WRAP UP

David Duchovny at Social Hall San Francisco Duchovniacs 2/15 Wrap-Up

Wednesday February 15 started with a very early alarm. We were wired the night before, and while we all crashed early, none of us truly slept well. I expected to be much more relaxed with so much second hand mary jane smoke. Or was it SWEET JANE…

After checking into the hotel we went straight to the venue to line up. We were later than usual (by our standards) but only one friend from Germany beat us to the front.

Parking was rough. It was 4pm. Many of the main roads had NO PARKING / RUSH HOUR limits 4-6pm. The side streets had metered parking untill 6pm with 30-minute limits. The public garages closed at 7 or 8pm. Eventually I found a spot very close to the venue – metered till 6pm w/o other restrictions.

Social Hall is an interesting space.

Their door process was considerably slower.   One at a time we went through a metal detector, then a podium for 21+ wrist bands, and then another guy would scan tickets. And each of the three check points was a slow bottle necked process.

“Are we going to a square dance?” “50’s Sock Hop”

Social Hall is actually a social hall. In many ways it looked like an over-sized catholic high school gym. In others I expected the floor to open up and reveal an old bath house. Or perhaps this is the place to hide when Godzilla or worse comes to town. Nuclear Fallout Shelter.

FYI Despite our initial impression of the space – San Francisco was by far the best crowd, energy wise. So no more book cover judgments.

The few folding chairs in the back appeared to be for school dance chaperones. VIP section? Band mom and dad did sit there at some point so…

And now I am done.

The main room was one huge football field size area with a stage on the far side form the entrance and arched ceiling with rib style supporting arches and a side room – about 1/2 the size – where the set up a make shift bar and David took photos.

The Sound Check Party was fun. There was a lot more Sound Checking still going on than the previous two events. We actually could hear vocals at this venue better than others down front. I think it’s for the same reason David was struggling with his microphone and ear piece.

If you ever perform on a proscenium stage, you sometimes have an issue with sound getting stuck behind the proscenium. If too far upstage (away form the audience) a lot of sound can get sent up to the rafters above the stage instead of getting sent out to the audience.

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Take a look at the row of lights over the front row and the support arch directly behind/above. Now look at the stacks of speakers. Not only are they behind that arch line, they are pointed upwards into the arches and they are closer to the band than usual.

The way they are set up, David is hearing more from the main feed than usual. Many of the guys were complaining about their monitor mix. The bigger problem is having a small stage in a room that large (especial that deep – a wider venue would have less issue) without having more surround sound – a few speakers around the theater.

And the sound table in the back is hearing things so differently than up front.

All this being said by show time things were just fine. After the sound check party, their team worked non-stop adjusting levels. It was a cool educational process watching the sound engineer test all hi/lo peaks, pops and vowel sounds on each microphone.

David sat down with Brad for a special segment of Good Morning San Francisco, answering twitter and live questions.

“Walt, how do you have a question? You know everything, right?” (I am paraphrasing David’s reaction to me raising my hand)

ME “What is your vocal warm up process?”

David said he was a bit off for the sound check because he had not warmed up yet. David then credited his teacher Don Larson for a series of scales and arpeggios he knows.

(I saw a tweet today regarding book signing in Seattle… David’s favorite question about his writing “What is your favorite X-Files episode?” Artist’s life is rough)

After that fans got their photos taken.

SHOWTIME

Keenan O’Meara opened the show. Keenan is the new guitarist (We miss you Nate. We love Keenan too now). Keenan admitted he was not used to the large room. One might expect to hear his music in a small bar, sitting with acoustic guitar and microphone.

Two things stand out.

  1. KEENAN CAN REALLY PLAY GUITAR!!! I mean, while low key, there was nothing simple about these songs.
    I heard another say this to a friend as I thought it. Remember CROSSROADS (1986) the movie. Ralph Macchio (Karate Kid) is a classical musician that ditches music school to go learn/play the blues. He basically sells his soul to the devil at the Crossroads (Long before Sam & dean made it there). At the end he starts rocking out a classical cello concerto on blues guitar and wins his soul back in a hellish battle of the bands.

    Keenan’s guitar playing in his songs reminds me of that. Think Segovia playing for Miles Davis. No wonder David brought back December. Keenan made that song sing too.
  2. KEENAN CAN REALLY REALLY SING!!! This kid soars up into some high notes so sweetly. I might say he is crooning, but he is not. He is sitting on some high notes and just lilting up there, gently in the breeze. David truly does not need me on Another Year anymore (single tear).

Next time Keenan is playing NYC we need to get a group together. Don’t worry Pat; you’re still my musical bromance crush.

The second David took stage, the Press overtook the pit, and the tallest female photographer ever was right down center.

I hope David and the guys worked out all their sound kinks and enjoyed the show. For me, it was awesome.

Highlight for me was when David asked me to take off my shirt. I was wearing the ‘milk carton’ shirt from Chicago the year before at Joe’s, which he signed in Chicago this past summer at book signing after comic con.

David and the guys wore the pink hats again. This time with a slightly better explanation.

Sebastian’s drum solo is getting more bad ass every night – and longer I think.

 

Like I said above, for all the reasons I think the guys struggled, the sound mix in front row was better than ever. We cold actually hear David and back up vocals.

Being in the basement of the old building made it impossible to live tweet or periscope much. But I think you will agree these videos sound better than most we take down front.

We all had a great time at the San Francisco concert. See you all in Boston! We’ll have a busload of Duchovniacs bringing out all the news from the front row!

 

 

Three Concerts Three New Songs Two New Covers & Pink Hats

Three Concerts Three New Songs Two New Covers Pink Hats and more!

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LIVE from the ROXY, Sunset Strip, Los Angeles Valentines Day 2017

by Walt Frasier @waltfrasier

We had a blast in California the past week.  Thanks to all the Duchovniacs that hung out  with us before and at the shows. Tons of fun.

We had the pleasure of hearing three new songs this week.

  • Stranger in the Sacred Heart
    SAN DIEGO DEBUT
    My inside intel reports – David told me – STRANGER is title track from new album
  • Half Life (aka Unconditional Love)
    LA DEBUT
  • Roman Coin
    SAN DIEGO DEBUT

Sorry. We were going back and fourth between the title of the song. Turns out Unconditional Love is called “Half Life”

So with four new tracks from Europe (and other tours) that makes seven originals not on Hell or Highwater.

I am still partial to Every Third Thought, but absolute love all three new songs. Each brings an interesting variety of style and each has a great story. Half Life is fighting for the top spot. Stranger and Roman Coin are neck and neck right behind.

We also got two new covers this past week. The band played THE WEIGHT by The Band. Pat, Keenan and Colin all took a  verse. (The same three delivered some new vocals on THE THINGS as well – see SAN DIEGO wrap up)

For many of us the new tour highlight might be “The Manana Club” (as David calls his band) rockin out on Sweet Jane from Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground. No prisoners taken as Sebastian sets the tempo and Pat wails on the guitar.

ANOTHER HIGHLIGHT – David and the entire band putting on Pink Pussy Hats showing solidarity for Women’s March and on going movement.

WEST COAST TOUR WRAP…

We got home late Thursday night.

Last night we tried to follow along Portland concert via tweets and instagrams.  I have already blogged about San Diego (CLICK HERE). I need to relate some stories from LA and San Francisco.

For the LA Show – I missed the VIP Sound Check Party for this night. Laurice did live tweet a few answers from Brad interviewing David

Before Keaton Simons took stage, we had the pleasure of hearing a few tunes from
The Walcotts.

Then it was time for Keaton to take the stage. We have seen Keaton before in NYC. But this was something else. Super high-energy phenomenal performance all around.

Love this shit f yeah

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I met a guy at the Rainbow next door – most famous for being the place to pee while waiting to get into the Roxy. this guy was a lead bouncer but now drinking at the bar. Some guys said – it’s his birthday. I said Happy Birthday. Right before David was about to go on, I see him again and once again say HAPPY BIRTHDAY. He remembered me from before and related his Birthday was awesome because he was drinking earlier with Steve Jones, and apparently I was right next to him. Perhaps one less margarita and I would have noticed the Sex Pistols guitarist and Californication guest star.

David finally took stage around 9:30. Opening with 3000 and Let it Rain and Stars.

Clip from new song ROMAN COIN

WE HAD TOO MUCH FUN

PLEASE NOTE – If you are in the front row for a show at the ROXY there is a curtain that is dropped down very quickly after a musical act leaves the stage. If you don’t GTFO of the way the curtain will DROP very close or possibly on your head.

See a clip of it catching us all of guard

 

 

We drove back to the hotel and all crashed almost immediately.

UP NEXT SAN FRANCISCO… TO BE CONTINUED…

PS

WE LOVE ALL OUR DUCHOVNIACS FRIENDS FOLLOWING FROM HOME TOO!!!