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Dave at City Winery Chicago, Nov. 12, 2014

Tom Currier on bass
Jonathan Lea

Tom Currier on bass
Tom Currier

Tom Currier on bass
Dennis Diken

The Sit 'N Bull Pub - Maynard, Massachusetts, 8/10/2000

Ticket Tonight Peter Bochner, the co-owner of the Sit 'N Bull and mastermind behind Dave's appearances there, introduced the show by acknowledging the fans who had traveled exceptional distances to see Dave during this tour. Fans from Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, England, Michigan, Florida, California, and other places were acknowledged. It was a nice tribute to the effect that Dave Davies' music has had on us fans and how much a part of our lives being a fan of his has become.

Sal Baglio opened again for Dave and was just as good as the night before. He played a very funny song called "Teen Idol" in which he spoofed rock and roll stardom with lines like: "Did you have to change your name -- did it end with a vowel?" Is this a Baglio original or did he pull it out of his vast mental storehouse of rock and roll hits and obscurities?

Dave pulled an immediate surprise to start the show -- the band was clearly expecting to open with "Till the End of the Day," but instead Dave tore into the opening notes of "Rats." Jim Laspesa looked truly surprised behind his drum kit, and Kristian hurriedly turned pages in his music book to find the song. That's a great song -- what a riff!

This was a better show than the night before, up to the extremely high standards that we hold Dave to when he plays at the S'nB. He tucked "Susannah's Still Alive" back into the set, after having dropped it since the first show, with guitar tech and part-time guitarist Jonathan Lea playing the harmonica. (It was inaudible, but that's to be expected -- I always used to make David Nolte laugh by cupping my ear in his direction during the alleged harmonica parts.)

Dave croons at the 'BullYet another dedication: Kinks-fan-since-the-beginning, the intrepid Jill Brand, had prepared a truly perfect five-course Indian meal for Dave. Well, they *do* say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, and Dave dedicated "Please Help Me I'm Falling in Love With You" (the same country tune he played at Mohegan Sun) to Jill, making eyes with her the entire time. (Jill: who's Ray again?) It was a truly great show. We got a joyful "This Man He Weeps Tonight," we got an improved, more confident "True Phenomenon," we got about a minute of "Phenomenal Cat" preceding "Fortis Green," we got "Some Enchanted Evening." Yes, you heard that right; Dave played the old lounge standard while flirting outrageously with numerous women in the audience. To tell the truth, I didn't notice if he sang it *well*; I was too busy rolling in the aisles holding my sides laughing.

Upon the instigation of a certain RDF who will be nameless (but she has followed Dave for a very long time and lives in NY), the regulars decided to modify our meowing routine during "Fortis Green." Normally everyone meows at the line "put the cat out" and Dave reacts in various ways ranging from managing (just barely) to ignore it, to completely breaking up and having to repeat the line two or three times.

Tonight we gave him the silent treatment. Instead of meowing everyone up front held up signs and paper plates saying MEOW. Dave cracked up, more so than usual, and addressed us as "you bastards" as he continued the song.

Jim Laspesa sports a new hair styleBut an even better prank was yet to come. After "Fortis Green," Dave played "All Day and All of the Night," and then as he started "I'm Not Like Everybody Else," Jim Laspesa pulled a platinum blonde wig out of a concealed place by his drums and played the song wearing it. He was stunning, darling! Jim the drummer truly is NOT like everybody else and this night he proved it!

All in all this was probably the most fun show of the tour, or maybe it was tied with the final Sit 'N Bull show that was to come two days later.

- Joanne Corsano

Dave on stage at the 'Bull
Photos on this page by Fritz Milhaupt
and Leslie Ohanian