(Day 45) Kingtones Memoirs
March 21, 1964 (Saturday)
We got up at 4 P.M. Because it was so late in the day, I made myself a snack and then started supper. The boys watched TV, ate supper, put on their band uniforms and left for Porky’s. What a waste of a day.
Porky was trying out another new band that day. They were called “The Situations.” He wanted to have two rock bands playing all the time during spring break. The crowd was bigger than Friday night, but many of the students that were coming were still not there. “The Situations” played the first set. They were a lot better than the last band Porky tried out. At least he didn’t ask them to pack up and leave.
When it was our turn to take the stage , it seemed, once again, that we had sound problems. We tried Friday night’s “cure” of turning down and getting in balance, but it didn’t help much. This was the first time that we had shared the stage with another band for any length of time since “The Thunderbirds.” We started to think that maybe we just couldn’t adjust to following another band. Needless to say, we were only mediocre that night. The good news for us was that “The Situations” weren’t any better.
Then out of the blue appeared Dave Roberts, Phil’s brother. He was there for spring break with all his rowdy friends that loved The Kingtones. They hollered, yelled and cheered after every song we played, like we were the greatest. Regardless of how we sounded, I still bounced like a crazy man and Mike continued his powerful driving drum beat. Because of all the excitement from Dave’s and his friends, along with Mike and I acting like everything was great, the audience thought we were pretty good.
When we finished playing for the night, Bob told us not to wait for him and Pete, as they had dates. Mike, Phil and I left. We did not stop at Royal Castle but went straight to our apartment. We were all healthy and getting along satisfactory.