Between the Houston and Austin shows, we
had been booked in Rockford Illinois (how's that for out of the path booking!) at the very nice Riverfront
Festival there. So we flew to Chicago, got a van and proceeded to the Rockford festival. Though we had to bring
a cut-down amount of equipment (no Stick, no fretless...) the show was still fun.
These new songs are coming together well,
and it'll be a pleasure to record them next week in Austin, after having worked them out on the road. That's
what you always want to do with new material in a band, but often it's not possible. I know with my own new recording,
we would have loved to tour a bit and get tight with the new pieces. But the cost, in time and money, of
thouroughly rehearsing the new stuff, learning to play it live (which in my case is often a different job than
recording it) and then doing a small tour with it... we just didn't have the time. So, regarding that Tony Levin
release, ideally it will come out next February, and for most of January the band will be in a rehearsal space, learning
to play live what we've already recorded, for touring in February or March. Much easier and more sensible to do it
the way the CGT is.
Anyway, fireworks and all, the Rockford evening was good fun.