What Did the Bear Say?
The following observations do not reflect the views or opinions of any of the band members nor the collective philosophy of Bipolar Bear as a band. The following are the musings of Zippy McWiggy, who may in fact be yet another of the whacky bass player’s voices that live in his head.
What a crazy night! Salerno’s was packed, and it looked like the band was pretty on its game. Lisa and Richie were blasting out the tunes from deep inside of their privates. Ellen’s keyboards were on point, and her backing vocals were awesome. Rolly Tolly was bringing the thunder and making bizarre faces every time he did some of his thunderous fills. Jimmy was smooth in his weird skeleton outfit and with Dave, the guitars were really good.
That band looks like it has fun. Lots of laughs and smiles and that obnoxious bass player, what a goof. It has come to this reporter’s attention that a controversy is a foot. In fact, the feet of the 4 stringer has caused quite a stir. Patrons, shocked and appalled at the unpedicured toe digits, to the establishment banning the bare feet at any future shows because of silly health codes, have in fact caused the man to order toe socks for any future shows. It appears if he cannot be truly barefoot at these venues, he is going to be close to it.
Finally, Dave “Evad” Gonzalez played his last show with the band. That is a hard thing to contemplate. As he ripped his solos all night with a ferocity and sincerity, I sensed the rest of the players were soaking his playing in, holding on just a little tighter to the enjoyment he has provided during their almost three years of practices and 9 months of shows together. That kid is a special. Ronnie Townsend has often been quoted as saying, “Dave has no idea how good he is.” His modesty seems impossible given his talent, but it is sincere. He is a brilliant guitar player who can play nearly anything by ear. Every member of the band will tell you, he is a better person, just a very sweet, humble and nice gentleman.
Seeing Dave pass the torch with Aldo Kleine, as the two shared the stage to trade solos during ZZ Top’s LaGrange, was a surreal, sad, but cool moment. Jimmy C broke the news to the folks at the show before gracefully leaving the stage to let the two have at it. That and when the idiot bass player cut his foot were my two favorite moments of the show!
Till next time…