LIVE MUSIC IS THE ENGINE OF TODAY’S MUSIC INDUSTRY. WHETHER YOUR TOUR BUS IS DECKED OUT WITH COMFY LEATHER BUCKET SEATS OR BATTERED UPHOLSTERY, OR BOTH, TOURING IS ROUGH. WE ASKED CATE LE BON ABOUT TAKING THEIR SHOW ON THE ROAD.
1. Where did you play your first show?
When I was no older than 9, my parents took me to see Crowded House in Newport where I immediately fell in love with Neil Finn.
2. What was your first fated gig?
We played London’s Barfly for a festival called Camden Crawl and it was like being at war for 40min. We were thrown on and thrown off and what happened in between we never speak of.
3. What is your pre-show warm-up like?
I casually sip a warm whiskey whilst harassing the band for a guitar pick.
4. What’s your post-show cool-down (or re-warm-up) like?
I like to slip into something more comfortable and enjoy a cigar or two.
5. Who’s the most impressive artist you’ve shared a bill with?
Brian Jonestown Massacre, it was a wonderfully surreal experience.
6. The best on-road meal I’ve had:
An Italian feast that was laid on for us in Bologna; I ate balls of mozzarella like they were apples and filled my boots with the finest Raguin the world.
7. Favorite locale I’ve toured through:
We finished our last US tour in McCabe’s guitar shop in Santa Monica which was very special and is up there as a favorite.
8. My funniest live slip-up:
Many years ago I played a show with an acoustic guitar and a harmonica. I was so nervous that when it came to play the sweet harmonica solo I’d practiced all day for I panicked and instead furiously blew into the microphone.
9. The most surprising fan/audience interaction:
An audience member asked why St Vincent was being supported by a Viking.
10. I felt like I was in a movie:
When John C Riley was singing beautiful country songs to us in the dressing room of Bardot.
11. I knew I wasn’t in a movie:
When the dressing room I was allocated in Scala was the venue’s boys toilet.
12. Nearest and dearest tour memory:
The last US tour we did was an absolute dream. On our epic drive from West to East we drove to the mountains for a few days of sheer bliss staying in a log cabin near a town called Hungry Horse and playing in the snow. It was idyllic.