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Travel Blogs from Athens
Drove through some driving rain for a few hours, but made it to Madison, GA. It'll be only three hours to home on Sunday. It's so nice we can park our traveling hotel room safe and secure in a Walmart parking lot whenever we need to! Of course another typical Switzer travel experience ...
... tonight, the first was the Camp Amped Band, musicians who'd been supported by Nuci's Space, and they were excellent. Patterson came out and sang with them, Neil Young's Ohio if I recall correctly. The next band, Velocirapture, weren't as enjoyable.
Then came the Truckers... and they tore the 40 Watt a new one. If last night was for mourning Craig, tonight they were taking their anger out... I've never seen Cooley play with such intensity, surprised ...
... it's Homecoming weekend, he would've been disappointed if they hadn't been drank.
The show went ahead. Truckers are a band not to be defeated, even by events like this one tearing holes into their hearts. The billboard outside simply said "Rock for Craig" and a picture of him was hung above the 40 Watt sign at the back of the stage. The atmosphere was sombre; he knew the 40 Watt and the 40 Watt knew him.
The set was short and ...
Friday was a very strange day... we had breakfast at Weaver D's (the fried chicken was out of this world), but on leaving there we encountered Matt from the DBT crew who told us that sad news that Craig Lieske had passed away after the show the night before.
Craig was the band's merchandise guy, and the link between the fans and the band. He always took time to speak with anyone, and showed genuine interest in them and what they had to say, was ...
... today, they had no fried chicken. We plumped for fried pork chops, bbq chicken and fried tilapia with several Southern sides. So amazing we will be back tomorrow!
Following the food we visited some local record stores and generally did the tourist thing. One thing we've noticed, Athens is great for records and ale. Dave went back to the hotel to drop the car off while Ian and I drank 9% beer in Trapezze... He saw Cooley again and Cooley saw him... not a word ...
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