Monday, September 22, 2008

The Road to Madison Leads to Jane

File Under: Madison-a-Go-Go

Flashback, 2001. Vahona calls me at work one day and said "Hey, the Go-Go's are doing a show next week in St. Louis. We could work until 1, hit the road, be there by 6, show starts at 7, we'll be on the road by 9, home by 2, a few hours sleep and we can go to work in the morning. Sounds fun, huh? I know it's crazy. What do you think?

My reply was..."Wow, that's really nuts. OK, LET'S DO IT!"

We did it. Left at 12:45 instead of 1, got there at about 5:30 (my Jetta was speedy!), met up with a bunch of our friends, had a bite to eat then the doors to the venue opened and we got right up front.


Go-G0's didn't go on until 9, we didn't get out of the venue until 10:30, on the road by 10:50 after gassing up the buggy and finding the expressway.

We played great road games to stay awake. Faith (another friend) slept in the back seat in preparation of being the relief driver, just in case.

We hit storms and overnight road work. Long story short, I didn't drop Vahona off until about 5:10, I got home at 5:15. My alarm went off at 7:30, I made it to work by 8:45. I had to be there because I still had to process a payroll. I got my tasks done and managed to stay the whole day.

I did laundry that evening, I left all of my socks behind.

It was worth it. We had a blast.

SO...last week, I emailed Vahona and said "Jane (Wiedlin, rhythm guitarist for The Go-Go's) is playing a street festival in Madison with the band she's producing. Want to do a day trip? It's not quite as crazy as St. Louis but still fun."

She replied "I'm there!"

Our friend Anthony joined us, and we hit the road by 1:15. Madison is about 2.5 hours from my house. We made got time, got there by 3:45 (we hit a bit of traffic and my Civic isn't quite as speedy as my Jetta but it got us there on 1/4 tank of gas!). Jane and her band weren't going on until 5 so we had time to walk around a bit, see the sights and have a bite to eat and grab a drink. Here are some of those sights.

We quickly learned that Madison is an unusual little town, or at least the neighborhood we were visiting was a bit odd. Not bad odd, just odd. It felt like we were back in the 60's. Lots of patchoulli in the air, and armpit hair. Togas, tye-tye and dreadlocks. Then there were piercings and tattoos...not so 60's I guess.
Eventually we got our lemonade shake-ups and with a little help, turned them into delicious vodka beverages. We grabbed some tacos to complete the food and drink requirement. We scoped out the stage and figured that there wasn't a bad seat in the house. :)
We found Jane and you would have thought she had seen her long lost friends. She hugged and kissed each of us and could not get over the fact that we came all the way from Chicago to see her. We talked, Vahona spilled vodka lemonade on Jane's shoe but she didn't care. Others came up to talk to her, she introduced us to them as her dear friends from Chicago who also happened to be "Go-Go's fans from WAY WAY WAY back!" Eventually she excused herself because she was helping set up the stage.
The first band was called "Whore du Jour," a band that Jane has been working with since she moved to Madison. They're fun and loud and so much like Jane. It helps that she's dating the lead guitarist. :)

They drew an interesting group of fans and interested parties.

An intermission was announced while the band reconfigured the stage a bit, and then changed into their outfits as the backing band for "Lady Robotica," Jane's latest creation which allows her to indulge in her love of electronic sounding music and incorporate her obsession with sci-fi and aliens. Hence the silver.

Jane performed the songs she described as crowd pleasers "Vacation," "Head Over Heels," and "Our Lips Are Sealed." She also performed some new songs which were really good.

Such a little rock star, she was up there striking cute poses and being really funny. Especially when she talked about alien abduction and getting anal probes.

After her set, she came back and chatted with Anthony, Vahona and I. She invited us to join her and her band afterwards to hang out and watch football. It seemed as though they were going to someone's house so we declined, not wanting to impose. Before we left, someone took our picture. Jane promised that he would take a great picture of us. You be the judge.

(photo courtesy of Anthony Meade)

We gave hugs and kisses and hit the road. The drive home was fun but uneventful and wasn't dreadfully long. I pulled up in front of my house at about 10:30. We said our goodbyes, and Vahona and Anthony went on their way.
Just another crazy Go-Go adventure.


Dan said...

groupie whore!

Jimbo said...

You say that like it's a bad thing. LOL

Marker said...

Madison rules!!