On The Road With Bob

Monday, 14 Apr 1997
Athens GA

Current home of the 40 Watt on Washington St

I spent a good part of the afternoon strolling about the UGA campus, its quads ablaze with spring flowers. Late in the day, old friend and fellow road vet Scott Summers arrived in town, and we went together to the 40 Watt Club.

The 40 Watt is small and dank, an appropriate setting for what proved to be the weirdest show of the bunch. Bob seemed withdrawn and his delivery was soft and measured. He made it clear that he had no intention of livening up the pace by remarking several times that he was for once playing the songs the way they were meant to be played. The effect of the unrelieved tension was stunning and harrowing. Well after the show I cautiously approached Bob and asked what planet that performance had come from; He shook his head, waved his hands in dismissal, and said he didn't quite understand himself what it had all been about.

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