Comerica Park Meets The Parrothead Nation!
When you do what you love, you never have to work a day in your life, and I love what I do and the people I do it with. After several days of seriously stormy weather, I woke up this concert morning to sunny Michigan skies. After having my tea, and before bag call, I pulled out my travel bass, “Negril”, and fingered the strings. I like to start a concert day getting the groove going between my bones and the bass.
It’s good to be back with the band, and we’ve all been talking about starting off a tour leg with a BIG show. The Detroit show, at Comerica is in a forty-thousand-seat stadium. Stadium shows are at once frightening and at the same time exhilarating, kind of like strapping yourself onto a rocket. Of course, no matter the size of the show Jimmy is always as cool as a cucumber in a Pimm’s Cup at the Napoleon House in the French Quarter. And that, my friend is COOL.
After sound check, Mac and I went out for a late night gourmet dinner at 220 in Birmingham, Michigan. We were not disappointed. We happily rationalized our portions based on the size of the stadium we were going to play. Needless to say, Mac and I have ample fuel tanks and we were getting ready for launch.
Our conversation drifted through many topics, beginning with his thoughtful comments about the seven principles of IM4U, (which I’m developing with noted educator Ellen Booth Church,) to a Mac grade school story about the time he stole all of the disciplinary paddles from the principal’s office. At one point Mac had 70 paddles at his house! Despite the best efforts of the school administrators he was never caught. You cannot make this stuff up! These times are priceless.
If anyone is interested, our menu for the night:
Appetizer: Lump crab avocado bruschetta with a honey infused olive oil
Main Dish; I had a trout stuffed with lobster and Mac had an Italian fish dish that neither of us could pronounce!
As we left the restaurant we saw Sir Paul McCartney on the Television at the Olympics opening singing “Hey Jude”. We remembered our friend Dr. Alex Keith who is there at the Olympics working with the USA Team. It was a magical moment to share with the world.
Gotta run for now, if you can’t join us in Detroit tonight, check us out at RadioMargaritaville and hear the fun starting around 7PM ET. We’ve got a full line up tonight with Lionel Richie and openings acts! Yow! We’ll be on stage right around 9:15PM ET.
See you then!
Posted at 4:31 PM7:22 PM
July 28, 2012