2. Then it was an appearance on Morning Joe on Monday. Dave excitedly texted me updates in the morning about it.
3. He followed that up with an appearance with The Roots on Jimmy Fallon last night.
4. And let's not forget he has a new album of Stax covers out next week. I can't believe how much I like it - much better than his last album of covers - 1994's Four Chords and Several Years Ago. Hell, it's probably his best album since Fore! It's definitely a stone groove.
5. But best of all, I ran into him at the Nick Lowe show on Sunday night. I couldn't believe it. He was in front of me in line. I figured out who he was immediately and said to Dave, "Huey Lewis is in front of us." Dave didn't believe me. And then he heard his voice and immediately knew. Huey!
I tapped Huey on the shoulder and said, "Huey, congratulations on the Giants making it to the World Series." His face lit up and he became visibly excited. I reminded him about the tribute show and he said he remembered. Who cares if he really did or not. It was Huey! The man can do no wrong.
I kept hoping he'd jump up on stage with Lowe and perform. Hell, he's got to always have his harmonica on him, right? But when I Knew the Bride When She Used to Rock & Roll started and Huey was nowhere to be found, my dreams were dashed.
After the show, Dave suggested I request the guest list as a souvenir but I was too shy. Great idea, lousy execution.
No matter, I saw a great Nick Lowe show and talked to my childhood idol for a minute. Huey!
Other than SHR, Marc, and me, it seems that no one else was disappointed by the recent Pavement shows. They were okay but nothing special. They didn't sound spectacular like the Pixies. They didn't excite me like Superchunk on their recent performance on Jimmy Fallon. Obviously the key difference is that Superchunk is touring behind a new album and Pavement is simply cashing in. And it's not like Pavement ever really cared about their live shows anyway. But why did everything sound so damn slow?
Check out this clip from Colbert. Why did they have to slow down a perfect song and make it not nearly as good?
They were a little bit better on Fallon where they did Unfair but still not great.
I saw them twice in three nights. The Central Park show was a little bit better because the sound was better. And the sets were great both nights for the most part. But overall, I was just kind of blah about the whole thing. On the other hand, check out Superchunk. They were great despite how weird John Darnielle was on stage with them.
Or perhaps this is a better comparison since this is an old song played by people who care.