Saturday, December 29, 2007

Ladies and Gentlemen: Eric Slick, Claude Coleman, Jr., and Dave Dreiwitz (with special guests Chris Harford, Mickey Melchiondo, and Reverend B-ill)

What can I say about last night that you can't see for yourselves in this (albeit blurry) You Tube -- the double drumming sensation of Eric Slick and Claude Coleman, Jr. of Ween along with Ween bassist Dave Dreiwitz. In the audience were Chris Harford, Sound of Urchin's Reverend B-ill and Mickey Melchiondo, a/k/a Dean Ween and you just knew they were going to pick up guitars. Or in this case basses. Everyone traded off instruments, Dave played keyboards, trumpets, Chris and Mickey played bass, then guitar, Chris even drummed at one point and as if my heart wasn't already melted by the end of the evening, Mickey sang Clapton's Wonderful Tonight accompanied by all of the above musicians to end the show.

Oh God, the music lasted until 2:00 a.m. and we didn't make it home until 3:00 a.m. and I'm so exhausted and deaf it's insane but I have to say it's one of the most memorable evenings I've ever had at John and Peters and I've been going to that club for more years than I care to admit.

From the Ween Forum Board:

"Claude and Eric. well, what can you say? I spent the week with some of the premier drummers in the country and they were certainly no better than this duo. as the night went on they got more and more in synch and by the time they whipped out Santana for the next to last tune, they were in lock step. not to mention two of the nicest guys you ever want to meet.

Dave was as fluid as he always is and as in the pocket. the dual bass Harford/DD rocked. mickey and bill played their asses off and an the final song with mick doing You Look Wonderful Tonight in semi-falsetto put the icing on the cake."


"...The show at J&Ps was awesome...

...Two drum sets on the tiny J&P stage. Claude on one side, Eric Slick on the other. They would intermittently SWITCH drum sets mid-song, yet would continue to play as they both walked from one set of drums to the other. FUCKING SICK.

Then of course Dave doing the best of Crescent Moon and Instant Death catalog with those two on drums the entire time...Dave also played this mini-trumpet, and some sorta odd moog keyboard or something from time to time while simultaneously playing bass. FUCKING SICK.

Then Rev. B-ILL joined on guitar. Then Mickey joined on bass. Then Chris Harford joined on a second bass. At several points in the show it was a double-bass, double-drums, double-guitar, synth, and cowbell combo ensemble up there. FUCKING SICK."

Yep, that's basically what I said, too.

Gah! I am way too tired to blog - like I said, I only had a couple hours sleep and am feeling comatose. Okay, there's only one thing to do...I'm gonna watch that You Tube again and CRANK IT UP LOUD!