Monday, July 27, 2009
Flagstaff is one of my favourite stops on the tour. The town is hip. You can walk the whole thing in less than 30 minutes. It's not congested or pretentious. The infamous, Hotel Monte Vista, infamous for it's haunting and para-normal activity, reported even by the likes of John Wayne in his day, put us up. This is where we played, too. We didn't get any shots of us while on stage. It slipped our minds to ask somebody in the audience or the other band. I've already forgotten the other bands name, and where they were from. Their music wasn't anything memorable I suppose, though I do remember their crazy light show and video projection screen, and their plethora of merchandize. Our show went well. We played our set to the rowdy Flagstaff crowd. Despite our shoegaze down-tempo, folky, sensitive set, they seemed to like us quite a bit! Here are some perimeter shots, and some we took leaving the next day for New Mexico. The strangely dressed, top hatted fellow in the shots is Joe, the ever cool bar-tender and music-phile. Attested by Joe, alone, the hospitality that the Hotel Monte Vista shows musicians is grande, and the ghosts didn't bother us in the night. Though, I don't know if you'll have the same luck! On a side note, we stayed in the Jon Bon Jovi room, room 307. If anything is haunting on this tour, it's Jon Bon Jovi. I saw his bumper sticker on a car leaving Phoenix, we stayed in his room in Flagstaff at the Hotel Monte Vista, and he repeatedly keeps coming up in conversation, & not by my instigation. I have failed to crack any connection between the tour's happenings and doings & Jon Bon Jovi, and I admit, I am no fan. The hauntings of Jon Bon Jovi must presently remain an unsolved mystery in my mind. I find comfort that the hauntings are light, and have not reached any level of obsession, or focality, at least not the sort that cloud the day. For this I am thankful.