Sorry, guys, I've been away from the computer a bit, helping my wife
and her two "geek" friends prepare for the new Star Wars movie by
watching "Return of the Jedi" and a bunch of other DVD extras last
night (yes, they're going opening night). Val is a MAJOR Star Wars
fan/geek, and the two other people who came over, Alex(andra) and
Jonathan, have been reviewed at our web site.
Anyway, as Jason explained pretty well, it was Dave Wakeling as the
only English Beat member fronting a four-piece, bass, drums and Dave
Schulz on keyboards and vocals, with the keyboards taking all the horn
parts. But it was really good and fun, and like Jason, I caught the
English Beat/REM tour at Buffalo State College and it was a great time.
OK, the "Taxicab Confessions" item: Schulz had played with the Goo Goo
Dolls at a Las Vegas show (and the entire tour), and he got into the
taxi with a female he saw while on stage and met afterwards; he was
apparently drunk (or something) and they could barely keep their
hands, etc., off each other. He told the taxi driver that he saw her
from the stage and said her eyes and smile stood out, all the while
hardly keeping his eyes off her ample breasts. He said he was with the
Goo Goo Dolls, and they spoke of a meaningful short-term (I forget the
actual period of time mentioned) relationship.
His HBO appearance didn't seem to go over too well with anyone,
apparently including the band, because after the end of this tour and a
short subsequent visit to Europe and the Persian Gulf with the Goo Goo
Dolls, he was not rehired for the next tour, although he has filled in,
word has it.
On Sunday, May 15, 2005, at 11:00 AM, Scott Angus McGrath wrote:
> Good point...but then the "New English Beat" Jason refers to will be
> equivalent of Kenny Jones touring as the Who.
> And still no illumination on the infamous taxicab episode...
> ...... Original Message .......
> On Sun, 15 May 2005 07:41:58 -0400 Carl Zimring <cz28@...>
>> Special Beat Service was great, and I still listen to it from time to
>> That said, isn't a Wakeling-only English Beat akin to Roger Daltrey
>> as the Who?
>> Carl Z.