Thursday

Entertainment tonight: Our show at the Continental , NYC. No cover. We're on first, at 8pm sharp. I'm a little bit sad: Last night was our last Wheels rehearsal down in the Pit for at least three weeks. We played straight through for two hours, humid and dripping sweaty, sounding great. I know we're going to play great tonight. Then, after the show tonight, it's all about the UK tour until we leave next Friday, and the UK band is not the usual thing. We're going as "Larch & the WonderWheels" a blend of Liza & the WonderWheels, Ian's band The Larch and a four-way shared library of cover material. Something for everybody! You might not think it'd feel that different since I already play everything in one format or another. We are blending rhythm sections for this tour bringing the Wheels bassist Andy and Larch drummer Tom, and while The Larch material has been played by different line-ups over the years (and cover songs are just covers) our Wheels songs have never been played by anybody anywhere except the original line-up. And I have to say that as great a drummer as Tom is (you may be able to catch him sitting in with Ratdog tonight at Radio City Music Hall), it's still plain weird to play our songs without Joe, and I'm one little tinge sad that it's meant to be we leave him home on this adventure. Although mostly I'm excited to travel and busy with preparations, rehearsals and more Roundhouse tapings before we leave. To be clear, playing with Tom is not weird, it's enjoyable. It's also interesting and beneficial hearing different things in the songs brought out by his playing. However, the odds of a Joe-overthrow are absolutely zero. There is no one else in the entire world I would choose to come into the studio with us when we start recording the third WonderWheels record late this fall.

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