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Subject: Portland show


Time to delurk again to tell y'all about the Portland show. I wasn't fortunate enough to run into any other Fegs, though I know some of you were there. I did, however, meet some people who seemed genuinely interested in the list; maybe they'll show up. Before the show started I grabbed one of the five cones that were out; some people later got really angry that they didn't get a cone and demanded that they be put on a waiting list. I heard that Robyn was frantically drawing more before the show, but I didn't see any of them surface. Also got a copy of the Homer single and I'm VERY happy I did. Robyn introduced him as "Englishman Tim", but didn't stick around to watch his set (too busy drawing?).

Robyn's set list:


Dont talk to me about Gene Hackman

("Time is speeding up - it's only the second song and I'm switching to

the Hail Mary pick already. This song is about narcissism ... people

basically want to fall in love with themselves as a teenager; that's

what Hollywood is all about. You're all lucky you're not that rich ...

I pressed the button that said 'cult figure' and I'm sticking with it.

It's no better, I just get to have different vices.")

Chinese Bones

(He picked up the harmonica - "It's always good to play the harmonica in

Portland. In Colorado you need oxygen tanks - They should have a

warning for musicians over 40 to play only one note at a time. This is

a song with a beard, the last one had a perm.")

Serpent at the Gates of Wisdom (he made a point of singing "God above

and all *her* angels...")

Clean Steve (during which he sang "You could've knocked me down with a

cone - if you'd bought one")

W/Tim, still acoustic

Madonna of the Wasps

Elizabeth Jade

Jewels for Sophia

(He handed Tim the banana, saying "If you trade with people then you

don't kill them")

Dark Princess

exit Tim

Beautiful Girl


She Doesn't Exist

("This is a song I never normally play, but I think someone from here

requested it")

So You Think You're in Love

("This is an old Reagan era song - when Reagan was our president")

The President (when he sang "I reach for my shotgun", he added "just

like Kurt...")

Kingdom of Love

exit Robyn, reenter w/ white shirt, black polka dots, reenter Tim (Robyn dedicated this to "all the people without aisle seats, because it's hard to get to the bathroom". He then proceeded to point out all the exits, "in case of a water landing")
Queen of Eyes (now, I wasn't around at the start of this thread, but all

I can say is he distinctly said "Bucky".)

Queen Elvis

Beautiful Queen

exit both, reenter both ACOUSTIC
I Dream of Antwoman (Tim w/ banana again)

exit Tim,


("For Michika")

I Often Dream of Trains

He seemed to be having a good time, especially when Tim was on stage with him. I don't think this was the best show I've seen, but it was very good. It seemed odd seeing him in front of a seated audience - though I know everyone was having a good time, and there were a few people shouting out songs or references to songs (whom Robyn ignored, and Tim referred to as "juveniles"), but the energy level of the audience was low. Robyn did a great job keeping it going simply with his confidence and his comfort level up there.

Hope that was interesting to those of you who like reading about other shows - now I'm home and it's almost time to split for the Seattle gig.



Debor a

Subject: Re: Portland show

Tom Clark wrote:


> >Queen of Eyes (now, I wasn't around at the start of this thread, but all

> >I can say is he distinctly said "Bucky".)

> Blasphemer! OK, I know there are only a few more gigs left, but someone

> must confront him on this. He's stated in the past that the lyric is

> "Mucky", so why change it? I think he's purposely toying with us.


I must add here that at the Seattle show he went back to "Mucky" - I wonder if "toying with us" is one of the ways he's keeping himself entertained while playing the same songs over and over? As for repeating himself, he did carry over some of the banter that I've read in posts about the CA shows, but there was little overlap between the two nights I saw him. I can appreciate that he's trying to vary it for people who see him a few nights in a row. I met several (mostly lurking) fegs last night - all very cool, and I believe Simone will be either posting the set list or sending it to woj. Some of the songs he did here but not in Portland are: Freeze, Airscape, Glass Hotel, I Am Not Me, and Viva La Sea-Tac. Personally I was transfixed by his spidery fingers during Freeze; normally I only like that song, but it was*beautiful* last night. I'm also thrilled that the four people I dragged along to the show became either big fans or bigger fans! Cult or not, it feels wonderful recruiting new people!).

Hoping to meet more of you at the Viva La Sea-Tac gig next Friday,


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