This was recorded at Fibbers in York, England, on the 12th of September, 2000.
John was in the UK to aid in the release of the Wires From the Bunker album. Kris and I had met him at the train station in York earlier in the day and walked with him around York. It was something to see. A tall guy with a cowboy hat and a guitar over his shoulder, a guy following him with a video camera, Kris and Sparkle and Chris, the show’s promoter. All of us walking through the crowds at York Minster trying to find the radio station. Some of the footage made it to the Front Row Moonlight video.
This show was a few nights before the gig in Dalry that we filmed for the Front Row Moonlight video. I also taped this show but because the lighting was so poor it didn’t work out very well.
John’s fans are an interesting lot. I’m still meeting people that I’ve known for years through the internet. Putting a face to the name is a struggle sometimes. On the day that this was recorded Kris and I were walking down the hill from the York City Centre to our B and B. Just ahead of us was a guy headed the same direction who kept looking our way. When we got to the B and B we discovered that it was Rod Geddes who was, at that time, the vicar on the Isle of Man. Rod has since returned to the mainland and is the vicar in Gargrave in Yorkshire. We have visited him several times and got alot out of his knowledge of John’s music.
John had only a few cover songs. He loved the Rolling Stones, Peter Gabriel, Steve Earle and a few others. Here he does Procol Harum’s Whiter Shade of Pale. He changes the lyrics slightly and commented to me later that he wasn’t sure anyone noticed. I particularly love the guitar work in this song.