A variation of The Curse of the Bambino hit the tour last night.
I didn't consult the Boston Red Sox schedule before booking last night's show at the Middle East in Cambridge, MA last night. If I had, I might have sought a different night, because the show coincided with the opening of the weekend series between the Red Sox and the New York Yankees, perhaps the most heated rivalry in all of sports. The game defiinitely didn't help with generating a walk-up crowd.
The Middle East has an upstairs bar and restaurant, in addition to the basement venue. At the 11:00 p.m. show time, the Upstairs was crowded with patrons intently watching the game, tied 0-0 in the ninth inning. A quich ending could send many downstairs to see the show. The members of Love, most of whom are sports fans ranging from casual to intense, considered waiting an inning to see if the game would end. However, the band's English manager, Glenn Povey, insisted that the band take the stage at the appointed time when I couldn't answer his question, "How much time is left in the game?" I explained it would be like asking a band to take the stage during the 90th minute of Manchester United against Arsenal. Glenn turned out to be right, however, because the game (won by the Yanks in the 15th inning) was still going on more than an hour later when Love finished its set.
The small but very enthusiastic crowd, which was far younger than the first two nights (not surprising in this college town) enjoyed another strong set by Love. Joe DiMaggio was once asked why he was as intense playing before a small crowd against the St. Louis Browns as he was in World Series game. "Because there might be somebody out there who's never seen me play before," Joe answered. The same applies to Love, who didn't let the size of the crowd affect their energy. Glenn and I were discussing that the band probably is playing the best music in its 44 year history. Hopefully more fans will turn out at BB King...