Ram's Head Tavern, Annapolis
US Oct. 17. 2004

Last Update: 19. december 2004

A House Is Not A Motel
Alone Again Or
7 & 7 Is
Old Man
The Red Telephone
Bummer In The Summer
You Set The Scene
Signed D.C.
Your Mind And We Belong Together
Orange Skies
Everybody's Gotta Live/Instant Karma
My Flash On You
My Little Red Book
Singing Cowboy
Live And Let Live

Photos thanks to Craig Dye


Wild but true - I went to the 10/16 show at the State in Falls Church and was down front - amazing that Mike can pull off all those horn and string lines from his guitar. I spoke to him after and told him how much I liked his "trumpet solo" on "Alone Again Or" and we got to talking. I'm a freelance trumpet player in the DC area and I also teach middle school band (my real job). Mike said that if a trumpet player can make the sound check and play the solo, if the band digs it they would let him play it in the show. Wow, what an opportunity. "So, where's the next show?" Tomorrow in Annapolis. MD at the Ram's Head Tavern. Well, needless to say I did'nt get much sleep that night. Got up early on Sunday, slapped on FC and got to work. It's not terribly difficult, but you definitely want to nail it. Drove over there in the afternoon and the guys were all chillin' watching the playoffs. Mike jumps up and I guess he mentioned it to the band earlier, so they were expecting me. About an hour later, Mike comes up with his beautiful white unplugged Gibson and we try it out (I used a mute) - the place went silent (band, crew, a few waitstaff), then bust out laughing and cheering when we finished. After everyone was "plugged", we ran through it. Yes, I was nervous - I mean, this is a classic solo and you simply cannnot hit any "clams" (as we were in MD, Mike told me I could not hit any "crabs"!) It went well enough for them to tell me the gig was at 7 and it was the 2nd tune of the set. So I had about 2 hours to kill and the guys let me hang w/them. They are all just great, down-to-earth folks w/hilarious stories - it was a blast. About 15 minutes to showtime, Arthur came off the bus and walks right up to me and gave me a few encouraging words - nice of him. They started w/House and I'm standing at the board withe the crew (all great folks) and they begin "Alone" - my knees are going nuts! They start the interlude before the solo and I make my way from the kitchen to the stage - please no forks in my path...I get up there and hit it on cue and honestly I totally nailed it. The sound on stage was fantastic and I could hear myself well enough. At the end I heard a roar, bowed and tapped Arthur on the shoulder and made my way back to the kitchen. I was a member of Love for 30 seconds! But it was one of the most amazing musical experiences of my life. Back at the sound board, high-fives all around and I just enjoyed the rest of the show. Later I said my goodbyes and the band and Arthur seemed so appreciative - it was too much!
The next day at school was LOVEDAY - I played my band students the original recording, told the band history, my 30 seconds of fame and then of course they MADE me play it live. Sales of Love CDs are really going to spike up in Manassas, VA.
Thanks to Mike and Co. for letting me live a dream...

Craid Dye