Wow, talk about a crowded show. And of course, the acoustics were horrible; an A-frame venue with a vaulted, two story ceiling, it was like listening to headphones. Although, this Florida show did get started on time. To the minute to be precise, and I had to run back to the truck to ditch my pocket knife because they were wanding people at the door, which was a popular conversation piece among those inside as well.
So I arrived twenty minutes into Roky’s set. He was playing with his son’s band, and they were great. I think the best band that has played with Roky. The Black Angels played half the tour with him but supposedly playing two sets a night was too much and Roky’s son’s band took their place at some point. Either way, it was Roky Erickson so it was incredible.
The Black Angels got set up and started playing quickly, but the set was played by a tired band combined with the headphone-like acoustics made for a less than stellar performance, but everyone has off nights and it was still good.
The bottom line is weather you piss on the floor or not… I probably did but the show was still pretty good, likely the best to hit Orlando this year, I was just a little drunk and careless.
For those who don’t know about Roky Erickson, he was in the 13th Floor Elevators, a psychedelic band from the 1960’s and later after several years in state psychiatric custody he went on to play what he termed “horror rock” recording an album as Roky Erickson and the Aliens, which is one of my favorite albums of all time. You’re Gonna Miss Me is a great documentary about his life that fills in many of the details.
Every generation has some truly gifted musicians, musicians whose work is timeless, and Roky Erickson is one of those artists of our generation. It was awesome to see him and for those who don’t already know, all of his work is highly recommended.