Novak (novak) wrote,

Musical: 10,000 Maniacs at the Riviera in Chicago

I cannot for the life of me remember who I went to this show with, in the fall of my senior year. Maybe Alicia Berry and John Paris were in the group? I do remember that it was general admission, and that I was determined to be in just the right spot for Natalie Merchant to pick me to do the duet with her on "A Campfire Song," for which I had even worked out new harmonies so that I could dazzle her, as she was my only musical crush, ever. I got in, saw the spot I was sure would be The Spot, and ... a girl slid into it just before I did. I ended up standing behind this girl the whole show and, sure enough, she was picked. She got up on stage with great delight – and couldn't carry a tune in a bucket. And so Natalie and I never fell in love.

"John and Mary" opened the show, doing an acoustic set (John being original Maniacs member John Lombardo now doing more straight folk music with Mary Ramsey), and the show was being radio broadcast, so I'd love to find mp3s for it now.

I also remember Natalie apologizing for their appearing at the Riviera, not having realized that it was "a loathsome bar" and promising to never play there again, before launching into her teetotalling "Don't Talk." The band looked a little embarrassed at her militancy, and I cannot imagine how annoyed the ownership might have been.

Jamestown Song
Maddox Table
Like The Weather
What's The Matter Here?
Cherry Tree
Gun Shy
Trouble Me
A Campfire Song
Radio Announcement
Eat For Two
Hey Jack Kerouac
Scorpio Rising
My Mother The War
Don't Talk
Verdi Cries
Tags: friends-niu era, musical, niu, setlists

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