Welcome to day 14 of the Midwest Missile tour! I woke up early today to catch the train from Palatine to Chicago. I had a great breakfast including waffles, strawberries, and coffee at Kathleen’s with her family and Laurie before taking off. Kathleen drove me to the station where I bought my ticket from a grumpy attendant and almost missed it, but jumped on just in time. I had a relaxing ride into Chicago to jump off and walk to the next station. It took a while for my phone to calculate the directions and then told me the wrong way. I had two bags and my jacket so I was weighed down pretty good walking about 10 blocks to catch my next train to Oak Forest to meet up with the guys. The whole trip took about 3 hours. Beau and Bryan picked me up from the station and we headed back to Tony’s to pick up the rest of the guys.
We are now on the road again heading to Des Moines, Iowa. It started out as a quiet trip, but then we broke out our recording from Monday night’s show at Reggies’s. Well… That’s all I have to say about that. The hills and greenery of Iowa were beautiful! Of course, I got pictures of both Beau and Casey taking in the beauty of Iowa on the road!!!
Des Moines, Iowa was an interesting place to pull into. It was a small city with many bars and that was about all I saw. As we pulled up to Vaudeville Mews, we noticed some lower income people and looking quite shabby. Most of the people were very country like, but nice and welcoming. We met the first band that was opening the set up for us, Kick! Teenage kids in high school and the singer was on his audition for American Idol. That was pretty cool. They killed it on stage! Jake, the singer really took the show with his purple pants, suspenders hanging off his clothes, and jean jacket that looked like it belonged in the 80s. They mostly played cover songs, but executed them flawlessly. Jake shredded on the guitar and has a great voice, no wonder he may be on American Idol.
The second band, The Robby Michael Band was a country band that was also very good. My favorite part of their set was when they sang a version of “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice. The guitar players really made this band and the singer with his country voice. We also ordered Zombie burgers from the famous Zombie burger there. A few of us already ordered dinner so I ordered a Zombie burger for later, which was conveniently eaten by my band mates in their drunken stupor at the end of the night.
We took the stage after the Robby Michael Band and killed it after some initial technical problems. It was a very small show and mostly the other bands and a couple of their friends were there, but we managed to bring in a couple people with our sound. The small crowd made some of the biggest applause and complimented more then some of our bigger crowds on this tour. Sir Captain Jones was one of the biggest hits during this show. Beau was given a number of shots throughout the show so he was pretty lit by the end of the night. Bryan was still fighting off his sickness and ready to head back to the hotel after the show, but that didn’t stop the rest of the guys from hanging out at Vaudeville Mews to get their drink on more. I had now started feeling the way Bryan was feeling started by coughing and sneezing. I have been taking my vitamins and Emergen-C to prevent from getting sick and have done well so far. Here ends Day 14 and onto La Crosse, WI!