Farm Aid 97
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World Music Theater
Tinley Park, Illinois, Oct 4, 1997
The Kathy Hippy Girl's Smile Popple Review
(more to come)
The show details.
What Farm Aid Means to a Rustie.
The Farm Aid RustFest
The set list
- Oh Mother Earth
- Four Strong Winds
- Long May You Run
Farm Aid 97
review by Kathy Hippy Girl's Smile Popple
Tinley Park, Oct 4, 1997
Much happened over this Farm Aid weekend....
The hotel where I stayed was also the hotel of choice for several farmers
and organizers involved with Farm Aid. Was chatting with a
few of them in the lobby and asking many questions. They invited me to
their meeting to be held at the hotel next door to where I was staying.
Chatted with some of the organizers and promised them that I would carry
the story home and see that it got to the proper places. They then invited
me to attend the press conference the next day at Tinley. Took alot of pics
and then left the area. All of a sudden I heard, "Now, here to say a few
words about Farm Aid, Willie and Neil " Whaaaaaaaaa ???? This hippy girl
sprinted back to square one, passed GO, and didn't collect $100. There
they were for sure........Neil and Willie !!!!!!!!
Neil had his train hat on with the visor facing OUT, not like the backwards
style at HORDE. This was a serious Neil who meant business. It
looked like a good indication there'd be no RITFW or Fuckin' Up
on this day.
Willie was lookin' ...well... like Willie.
Attended the RustFest at Gambione's... Met several Rusties, including "Moe
the Sleaze", "Laughing at the door", Zbar, Dr. Music Cliff, Richard
Nixon's Soul... I cannot remember any other handles right now. It was great
to meet all of you.
On to Tinley Park and the music...
I heard later that while Neil was verbalizing onstage, the donations
really poured in...!
- Dean Miller -- Is this guy related to Roger Miller, I wonder?? He
seems to sing good and is a fresh new face to me.
- Mary Cutufello -- Never heard of her before but she put on a great
performance. She looked kinda like Slash. :-)
- Steve Earle and the V-Roys -- This guy looks like he was out on
a binge for the last 5 years and never found the right bar yet. His dark
mirrored glasses concealed the worst to come. At the finale he came out
sunglass-less. (He shoulda left them on for that too.) His music was good
and the crowd that was gathered at that point seemed to know his music
(excluding myself of course). Steve left the stage and his band played a
song while Steve was off to the side of the stage having a ciggie. Probably
it is the one that Mellencamp relit and came out performing with.
- Billy Ray Cyrus -- What can I say? He's Billy Ray... Doin' his Achey
Breaky Ass Shakey dance. Very much butt here, ladies, but not as nice as
Poncho's. Since when do Native Americans dance the Achey Breaky while
dressed in their tribal clothing? Guess that it was an attempt at humor?!?
I had been looking forward to this group known as "Dennis Alley's Wisdom
Indian Dancers", to do some dances from the Indian culture. The only other
time that they came onstage was for the finale, when they joined the others
for Amazing Grace. Billy Ray sang his hits before throwing out sweaty
towels. Oh boy I'm sorry that I didn't catch one---NOT.
- The Allman Brothers Band -- Everyone looked good, and they played
three songs which I enjoyed much. The drummer was notably exhuberant. It
was good to see them again. Thought that Dicky Betts looked well.
- Beck -- Hmmm... doing country... Well although I prefer "Two
turntables and a microphone / That's where it's at," he seemed to do a
good job with his country menu and serving it up. At one point the two
guys on either side of him looked across at one another smiling. It
appeared to be an "oh wow Yahoo" look that was really saying "Why in the
hell are we playing this shit?". The closest that he came to playing
anything from his HORDE show was his song Jackass.
- John Fogerty -- Wailed and jumped around like the talented musician
that he is. He brought back a lot of memories. He had most of the audience
standing and rocking along. When he finished, a teen sitting near to me
asked, "Is it my imagination or did this guy just ROCK the place apart?"
We slapped a high five as I answered her with "He ROCKED this joint!!!!"
There may now be some Fogerty converts out there based on other remarks
from younger folks who sat near me.
- John Melllencamp -- A compact dynamo. I would like to tap into his
energy source. (Or would I? Steve Earle's ciggy and ABC gum -- no thanks.)
He not only puts on a good show but interacts quite enthusiastically with
his band members -- especially that fiddle player. It was enjoyable to
watch him tear the roof off the place a little more after Fogerty got done
starting it for him. He played with the audience by having each section
count 1-2-3-4 but didn't start the song until the fourth time that the
middle section counted.
- Willie Nelson -- Sang Whiskey River for one of his songs. BTW,
he is Willie so it doesn't matter diddly what key he sings it in. He did
an okay job with Neil on Long May You Run (for probably learning it
just before he came out). Willie is an icon of country music. Another
thing that Willie does: If he sees a camera he does this little "Kodak
Moment" thing and will actually look at the photographer unlike so many
other full-of-themselves stars.
- Neil -- Seemed to be in a very serious mood. The outspoken rebel
hippy that he is!!!! Really pissed at the Factory Farms as well as the
condition of the environment in which we live. A question came to mind
as I listened to him. I wondered if the package of turkey that he was
opening on that fateful day
was organic. After all, he made a reference
to the performers who were criticising the backstage organic food. Never
have seen him talk so much onstage except perhaps listening to him give
the honeyslide recipe on a tape of one of his shows.
- Mother Earth was beautiful. Really like that pump organ that
he plays. Helpless was appropriate for the day, as was Four
Strong Winds. Long May You Run is certainly an old fave.
And did everyone catch that harp work from Mickey Raphael (Willie's
harmonicist)??? I think that he and Popper should have a harmonica blow
out. I know who would get my vote -- not Popper!!
I am glad that Farm Aid was so successful after the way that it
started out. They were all lucky that the show went off at all. I was
happy to attend it.
Hippy Girl's Smile
(more to be added when I can... --RE*AC*TOR)