(Day 26) Kingtones Memoirs
March 2, 1964 (Monday)
We got up at 10:00 A.M. What a miracle!! I fixed TV dinners for breakfast, since that was the only food left in the apartment. We went to Porky’s to set up. When we got there, we noticed the stage was in the shape of a horseshoe. It was approximately 42 inches high. The Kingtones liked a rectangular stage that was about 8 inches off the floor. In front of the stage were the bartenders, with the bar in front of them. We got to see their backs all night. The dance floor was in the shape of the number 7. As we looked out at our audience from the stage, a short narrow dance floor was in front of the bar. On the right side of the bar was a much larger dance floor, which connected to the dance floor in front. Attached to the back of the stage was a dressing room for the band. We could change there and even spend our breaks there, if we didn’t want to socialize. We finally got set up and practiced for awhile. After a couple of hours, we took a break. During that time, we took The Kingtones’ Van to the Ford dealer to get fixed. Major followed us in his car, so we would have a way back to Porky’s. We dropped the van off and returned to Porky’s and practiced for another hour.
We finally left and went back to our apartment. Since we didn’t have any food, we went out for supper. When we finished, we went back home and got dressed in our band uniforms. We watched a little TV and tried to get ourselves mentally ready for the long six hour night.
We left for Porky’s around 8:30 P.M. Even though Porky’s was only about a half hour away, we wanted to make sure we were not late, especially on our first night. We started playing at 9:30 pm. We had a lot of adjustments to make with our equipment and the stage. When we started, about a third of the place was filled. The “Spring Breakers” had not started coming yet. After about an hour of turning our volume down, then turning it up, moving the equipment closer to the back wall, and then moving it away from the wall, we started to get in the groove. While we were trying to get our sound right, we were also battling the hired help. They were trying to tell us what to do.
We finally got a good sound and had three excellent sets. We held our crowd, although small, until 2:30 A.M. At that time, most of the customers had cleared out. Because of the small crowd and the band being exhausted, our last set was not very good. Of course this happened to be the time that Porky showed up. He came in to see six people in the audience and a band that wasn’t performing up to par. He complained a bit, but after looking at the cash register receipts, he didn’t say any more.
Every time we took a break during the night we made Mike stay in the dressing room behind the stage. Although he appeared to be healthy, he still had a slight rash from the measles. We did not want to take any chance of Mike passing on the measles’ germ if he was still contagious.
When we got back to our apartment, it was 4:30 A.M. There was a message for us from our recording company to call Detroit. Phil said he would call them when he got up. The temperature that day had been a little warm, but it was still a very nice day. The boys were all healthy and getting along okay. We were absolutely exhausted.