Tickets have been purchased for the Graham Parker and the Rumour show in Philadelphia, later this month. So, there you go. I make it to about two shows per year at this point, and believe this will be the second or third of 2012. So, I’m right on schedule.
Graham Parker hasn’t toured with the Rumour in more than 30 years, and I’m really looking forward to it. They’re legends. I’m going with Steve, and Surf Reporter Dr. Buford. In fact, we’re having dinner and pre-show beers at the good doc’s house.
I don’t generally hobnob with readers of the site, on account of my mental illnesses, but I’m getting better. I’m starting to come around a bit to the way normal folks behave. In fact, I met Dr. Buford at the Banshee Bar in Scranton a couple of years ago, so we’re already acquainted. He’s a good guy: a Jean Shepherd fan from Sissonville, WV. Plus, he knows and appreciates Graham Parker. Hell to the yes!
As unlikely as it might seem, GP apparently plays a sizable role in the upcoming Judd Apatow movie, This is 40. As best as I can tell, the lead character has a mid-life crisis and decides to start his own independent record label — something he’s always wanted to do. But he wants to sign REAL artists, like Graham Parker. And everything goes downhill from there. Heh.
Yeah, Graham never sold a lot of albums, but he made some great ones. He blamed his original American label, Mercury, for his failure to break through. In fact, he wrote and recorded a pissed-off song about it, called Mercury Poisoning.
I’ve got Mercury poisoning
It’s fatal and it don’t get better
I’ve got Mercury poisoning
The best kept secret in the west
So anyway… That all came together today. And it’s the reason why this update ain’t much.
Our next concert will almost certainly be the Eels. They have a new album coming out in February, and always tour. I want to take my boys this time. They’re 16 and 14, and are ready for a good club show. Both of them have grown up listening to E, and are as familiar with his music as they are the Beatles and Led Zeppelin. It’s always a great, rockin’ show, and I know they’d have a blast.
Did you ever go to any concerts with your folks? Mine liked country, so we didn’t have too many memorable rock ‘n’ roll bonding moments. It was mostly just my dad yelling for me to turn that shit down, and saying things like, “That is easily the worst thing I’ve ever heard.” What about you?
Also, have you taken your own kids to any rock shows? How did it go? Please tell us about it in the comments.
And I promise to do better tomorrow. I’m distracted today — in a full-on Graham Parker frenzy.
Have a great day!