I first saw David Wilcox live in Toronto, in the Nag's Head North. Same bar where I first saw The Minglewood Band and Danny Middlebrook & the Wasters. Matt Minglewood is playing tonight in the Mojo Tent in Off Square. Wilcox is here in the 1 York St Bud tent.
I was underage in Toronto in 1979, studying electronics at DeVry, sharing an groundfloor apartment near the corner of Eglinton & Keele with "Alberta" (a.k.a. Dave)another student at the school.
Wilcox's power trio permanently burned themselves into my mind & body with songs like "Bad Apple" and "Bump Up Ahead." He still as wild tonight. Bald, a bit of a paunch, that that guitar, that insanely plastic expressive face. Stunning. Starts with "Riverboat Fantasy"
Life for me is a riverboat fantasy
Watchin' the sun go down
A rock and roll band
With a reefer in my hand
Now look at that wheel go around
Cocaine kisses and moonshine misses
That's the life for me
I'm sailing away from my heartache
On a riverboat fantasy
. . . and just keeps going and going . . .
[photo here tomorrow]
loc: bud life tent
sound: David Wilcox live, "Cheap Beer Joint"