THE PEOPLE WOULD BE THE TIMES
I have had some incredibly wonderful conversations with Liz McKee and Diane Lee over the years. We talk about the music, about Arthur or Bryan and they are two of the classiest ladies you'll ever meet. The amount of encouragement they give this band goes beyond words.
It is a tough mountain to climb, to try to continue to present Love's music to people who love, appreciate and look forward to the sounds from those amazing records. Arthur's stage genius is missed, no doubt. I mean, I miss having lunch with him and his cracking jokes. I miss writing songs with him. I dedicated so much of my life playing Love/ Arthur Lee's music. Any time a journalist ever referred to us as a "Back up Band" Arthur immediately set them straight. "These guys are Love". We'd agreed to not perform or record as Baby Lemonade at Arthur's request and so we became Love.
Now, that doesn't make us Love with Arthur Lee. And we have never claimed to be. This music is gloriously beautiful and deserves to be heard by the guy who started it with Arthur and the guys who spent endless hours on stage and in the studio. People have a right to feel its not worth it for them to support Love's music without Arthur Lee but Arthur always wanted his music heard and he always felt no one did it as good as we did, as far as an overall Live sound.
He would sit at soundcheck and listen to the band, listen to Rusty sing. That's something he never got to enjoy before we came along. And it made him even prouder of his artist accomplishments and more confident of the FC material in a live setting. And because we had really low turnouts for this tour, what does that say? We're wrong or we suck?
Does anyone remember 1993 when we played for 10 people in Venice? Or
1994 at Club Longerie in Hollywood for 25 people? Arthur made $200 and we made $50 each. Was the music bad? No. Were the shows bad? No. It just took TIME for things to build up. As a mat...