More Fillmore (great sounds great)

In the latter days of our 2003 with the Clean, June 19 finds us in San Francisco, midway through a three-night run at the Fillmore.  Shaking the setlist up for repeat visitors, we play “Night Falls on Hoboken” for the first time that year, and close with “Take Care.”  The Clean join us for the second encore, Robert Scott singing his “Block of Wood” and me on a cacophonous “Somebody’s Baby.”  But it’s the first encore that’s the lasting memory of the day, or maybe more accurately the soundcheck.  A mutual friend has arranged for the Flamin’ Groovies’ Cyril Jordan to play a few songs with us.  We meet for the first time that afternoon when Cyril arrives at the Fillmore.  He pulls his classic Dan Armstrong guitar from its case, plugs into his delay unit and our Fender Super Reverb, and we start playing “You Tore Me Down.”  I can’t believe what I’m hearing–it’s no longer our cover from Fakebook, but the Flamin’ Groovies!  We sing “Eight Days a Week” together, and close with, what else, “Shake Some Action.”


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