The legendary rock club The Bitter End in pictures:
I got there early for some daylight photos.
This is nighttime.
Night. Ooh, a rhythm!
The Girls advertised out front. Significant later.
I waited outside while another act was on stage. I wanted to see if the ladies of Girls Don’t Cry would arrive by the front or if there was a hidden back or even underground talent entrance.
… Sora An and …
… Liz Kelly in another (car not pictured).
Both cars were filled to capacity with their instruments, which they had to unpack on their own like mere mortals instead of being attended to by obeisant eunuch lackeys as the goddesses they are!
With my compressed lower back disks, I am no help. And they have plenty of stuff!
This is not everything!
The four Girls eventually got everything inside…
“Help! I’m trapped outside with Mike Cane!!”
… and then Caitlin Gray arrived …
… fashionably late.
I couldn’t get all five Girls together at one time for a group photo. I wanted to get them underneath their poster. That wasn’t a wise suggestion. They all hate it! Here’s Caitlin and Sora giving their opinion in Standard American Finger Language:
I think they might want a new photo for their poster!
I was able to get a picture of Co-Producer/Co-Songwriter Richard Berg under the poster. His Co-Producer/Co-Songwriter Harold Stephan couldn’t make it due to a family commitment, but he pretended he had his arm around him anyway:
I stayed outside because I didn’t want to hear the act that was currently on stage. It would still be twenty minutes before the Girls would be able to start setting up. While outside, I met someone who I am officially crowning Girls Don’t Cry‘s Number One Fan. He goes by the tag of Spawn and he not only had an Official Girls Don’t Cry T-shirt:
He also inked himself with a unique spelling of one of his favorite Girls songs, Beautiful Thoughts:
Is that dedication or what? Needles scare me. The thought of ink under my skin makes me faint.
While there was still time, Rachael ran across the street to a store to buy something. She was
stalked followed by Spawn. He wanted to pay for what she wanted to buy. And he did!
Spawn picks up the tab. A happy Rachael.
Finally the other act got off stage and I went in …
Girls Don’t Cry listed on the interior marquee.
… to document some of the setting up process:
Hannah being distracted in her setup duties by a madman with a camera and no photography skills!
Liz setting up her drums, ignoring the eejit with the borrowed camera.
Rachael getting her synths in order, hoping the annoying eejit with a camera will go away!
Cowbell! Played by Rachael during Cobain.
Then it was time for some tuning and testing:
And finally, beneath the sacred stage banner of The Bitter End …
.. it was time to rock and roll!!
Proof that Liz uses the drum pedal without a shoe!
I had to miss their past two shows. I missed the live debut of their new song Cobain.
But I got to hear it last night!
Spawn was ecstatic when they played Beautiful Thoughts:
Check out one of his inked arms:
And then the Girls made me ecstatic beyond all words when they debuted a brand new song! Tentatively titled One More Day, the words and music were all by the Girls themselves! And Caitlin Gray was its lead singer!
Caitlin singing One More Day.
I said earlier that the Girls have a Sound. And this new song again proved that. It fit seamlessly into their repertoire, without any false notes. It was pure Girls!
With the addition of Cobain and One More Day, they had to trim two songs from last night’s performance: What Do You Think Of Me Now and the eponymous Girls Don’t Cry, two of my favorites. But then I can listen to them anytime because I have their demo CD!
All too soon, it was all over. And they had to pack up…
Caitlin makes packing up look easy!
Liz’s drum pedal!
Outside I ran into Spawn again. He’d gotten a second Official Girls Don’t Cry T-shirt!
I tried to lasso all five Girls into one picture but again failed. The best I could do was harrass everyone into giving me Just One More Picture…
Caitlin wore gold slippers!
Liz wore boots, so of course she had to pedal without them!
Rachael faking a smile while she tries to escape my manic lens!
Liz: Make him go away!
Sora: Go away!
Liz: Is he going away?
Caitlin: Go away!
Someone gifted each of the Girls with a shiny bag full of Easter loot. Among other things, they contained jelly beans, a chocolate rabbit, and a signing android bunny.
Caitlin happily threatening me with a killer robot bunny if I don’t leave Liz alone!
Too soon, all the Girls were gone. They could rest easy, knowing I wouldn’t ambush them with a camera. At least until their next show!
They played their hearts out last night. The room was packed. The audience loved it.
I hope I can be there for their next performance!
They will be stars.