BUMF**K Town

So since Former Black Crowes Guitarist Rich Robinson is playing Tbay this weekend as part of the Blues Festival Lineup with his new act  The MagPie Salute. Let’s take a moment and read what good ol Rich had to say about Thunder Bay back in  1993…

Vox Interview

  July 1993
  Vox Interview

    Submitted by:
	Chris Henne

 "You take a bumfuck town in America or Canada versus a small town in
Europe, and there will always be a lot more going on in Europe,"
declares Rich Robinson, The Black Crowes' guitarist. "I mean, take a
look at this place. It's insane!" The Black Crowes have just spent
two days in Thunder Bay, a small, culturally-bereft town in Canada's
Mid- West, where the winter ice has yet to melt into spring, and
local action is restricted to one decent bar, a bowling alley, a few
coffee shops and a very occasional visit from a rock band. The
emphasis is definitely on 'occasional', as singer Chris Robinson, his
actress girlfriend, Lala, and bassist Johnny Colt discover when they
decide to spend an evening at the cinema. The promised 'Movie
Theatre' turns out to be a tiny room with a screen not much bigger
than a TV. set and, not  surprisingly, the gathered crowd find Chris
(garbed in his usual brand of '60s and '70s rock chic), Lala (tall,
blonde and definitely NOT from the Mid- West) and Johnny (dark
and foreboding beneath his trademark Stetson) much more interesting
than the advertised feature. Unable to ignore the burning stares, the
trio exchange horrified glances, then turn and flee. The following
night, in front of 3,000 kids in the town's Fort William Gardens,
Chris Robinson serves up the kind of remedy he's prescribed to the
citizens of Bumfuckvilles the world over. "We've got this thing we
wanna give you," he roars. "We like to call it a musical lubricant--
y'know, so you can ease yourself on into the evening. That's what
this is man, a piece of music that represents a lubricant. I hope you
dig it!"

Back to you deKe's.....

HAHAHA...I'm thinking that Richie Rich won't remember that quote or that interview for that matter but man when I stumbled upon Rich's comments  a few years ago online I laughed hysterically at him calling this place a BumF**K Town.
 To be fair we are located in the middle of nowhere and I will give the Crowes props as when they did show up here back in April of 93 they were selling a boatload of albums as the only time  artists play here is long after there heyday had passed! As well as our local Money Grubbing Auditorium (where the acts play) charge ridiculous amounts of dough..

Case in point John Mellencamp is playing the Auditorium this upcoming October and here's the ticket prices...
Here comes Johnny
Bam that is some serious dough! Basically the front row is $349.
This upcoming August me and my brother are going to Alice Cooper and they charging $135 for a ticket and that’s for the front row!  Way better deal to see the Coop!
Never been front row ever before! Closest was 10th row for Poison back in 1991 and 7th Row for Van Halen also in 91! That changes when Coop hits Tbay!
By the looks of how the tickets are moving  people have paid this kind of coin to go and  see Mellencamp! Good on ya’s if you got a ticket!
Anyways I went off topic but back to good ol Rich! I wonder what his feelings will be when he gets off the stage this upcoming Saturday Night. I betcha he calls his accountant to make sure his ‘Fee” is deposited into his bank account!
Don’t fret Rich I’m sure you will be paid in U.S Currency and you’re welcome by the way from all the Music Fans that live in BumF**K Town but I won’t be one of em!
Me and the Boss have decided to pass on Bluesfest this year and I’m quite fine(price spike in tickets and some of the acts that I have zero interest in have resulted in us not going) with it as it gets real nauseous when we went last year all the ‘SUITS’ (Festival Organizers)did was pat themselves on the back for all these attendance records that were broken every time they went to introduce the next act!
P.S-  Mr Robinson-you will not be getting my dough this year but I will say that those first two Crowes albums are mighty good…
So I forgive ya Rich!
By the way the Writer(Chris Henne) of this article kinda dropped the ball with the One Bowling Alley comment( We had 3 Bowling Alleys back in 1993! Do your homework  Pal. HAHA!)


26 thoughts on “BUMF**K Town”

  1. I wonder what this guy will think of some of the places Down Under. At least Canada is close to the US, so a North American tour often has Canada lumped in with the US.

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    1. Keep in mind that this interview was done way back in 93. But even a interview this old is still out their on the internet…Be careful what ya say as an Old Rock Scribbler in Tbay (me) will call you out! hahaha..
      Its true about the N.A Tour…I always laugh when a band announces a N.A Tour and its only one actual date in Canada…

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  2. Haha. I love that story, man. I tell you what, though, Magpie Salute are pretty good… pretty much Black Crowes minus Ego Robinson. Some good vibes.

    And those ticket prices are outrageous!

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    1. Yeah to see Mellancamp is way overpriced! About 7-8 years ago ZZ Top played here and charged I think $225per ticket…I passed .. Had great memories when I seen em back in 1990 for about $28 a ticket in Winnipeg. ..

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      1. Fuck that! As much as I like ZZ Top, there’s just no way I’d pay that. Ludicrous! I bet they were better in 1990, anyhoo!

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      2. Man… either setting would be awesome, but there’s no doubt that they were still very much full of energy and power back in 1990.

        They played a regular gig here last year and I wanted badly to go, but it sold out quick and tickets were on these ‘third party’ sites for near enough £200. Priced me out the game.

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    1. Yes you are right Geoff…Tbay has improved but back in the 90’s it was dry…
      Skid Row 92/Crowes 93/The Hip/OLP were the only Arena Rock shows that I could think of back than that came here when they were still selling albums etc

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  3. There probably wasn’t ever a time when those boys weren’t pricks, but when they shut up and played it was a damn good time. I lost track ages ago, though, and all the new crap going on has been waaaay off my radar, here in my bumfuck town.


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