November 7, 1998
caprice is a dinner theater. the venue formally known as the strand
has picnic style tables lining the floor with a bar in the rear. trendy
waitresses squeeze their way between the tables bringing overpriced
food and drink the the LA masses. on a negative side, it was amazing
how many peoples they could fit into this club. on the positive side,
there was a more-than-good turnout to see TR TV.
todd begins his show at 9 sharp, wearing more jammies; this time in
faded maroon-red. he talks to us about the show and what's going to
happen [or, maybe, what's *supposed to* happen] during the course
of the show. promises include:
after no less than ten minutes of this intro, todd decides to play
some songs on acoustic guitar while he and chuckie try to connect
'to the web'. the opening set includes:
- interaction with the rest of the world through the WWW
- chat with TRTV subscribers
- capture of the venue through a QTVR center stage camera
- a 'disorganized' presentation of Incorrect Media
- recording and uploading of a live toon
- an audience stenographer to record the activities [which was immediately filled by chuckie moran]
no flubs. first show voice. no flu. the club is small enough to
get a good full sound from the black acoustic. chuckie is excited
to be typing on the laptop resting on the piano behind TR.
- tie you down
- hammer in my heart
a five minute rap follows, including some takamine-tooning, smart
kids in high school, and boos for knewtie.
todd extemporates on the web, customer service, hollywood's shortage
of conservatives, and last night's politically incorrect. then,
TR checks on chuckie, and "we're" connected. the chat room is full,
we're told, and chuckie's fingers get to work. todd puts on the
p-project for a unique version of
one more toon before todd faces the horror of the piano.
i've always liked this song better on acoustic guitar over that
piano forte includes another intro of the legend of the now-popular
bipolar boB. segovia practiced. we have been warned.
a few lyrical and finger flubs find there way into the piano section,
but nothing like we're used to seeing. todd sounds good, and is
having fun with the music and the peoples. he sounds like he did
when he was in his late forties... BHH!
- wouldn't have made any difference
next, everyone strikes a pose as todd takes a few QTVR shots of
the audience, 20 degrees apart.
the hook-uh-lay-lee returns to the states for the channel surfing
tour. the rendondo beach crowd loves it when he give us
jesse comes out for a few glorious toons after todd takes a few more
QT pictures. jesse is also a charter member of the pyjama party with
bright green and orange. and, i mean *bright* green and orange.
todd takes a stool at center stage, a shaker, and relaxes with
'mated' is new; and so fresh, it's pink. the tempo is faster, though
todd does try to slow it down a few times. the lyrics feel rushed
until the end, when todd and jesse agree on a slower pace.
chuckie is still typing away furiously, as todd grabs an additional
which sounds good with two guitars, jesse taking the lead, cleanly.
as todd takes the last six QT pictures, jesse plays some light
dinner music, which i recognize as 'believe in me'. anyone else
'i want you' is slow, perhaps too slow. but, it's hard to mess up
the voice holds, and todd looks unusually strong going into the encore
zone. after a short break, the encore finishes with
- you've got to hide your love away
- one world
'dream' is so santa-cruz sweet. 'hawking' is labored as todd forgets
some words and is still suffering from some excessive coughing at the
end of 'dream'.
- dream goes on forever [w/ jesse]
in the end, the music is what i remember, not the technology, or the
other activites, mainly because the audience didn't share in these
[save posing for the QTVR]. a large TV monitor was present on the
stage, but not used. i assumed incorrect media, the QT camera, or
the chat could've been projected somewhere.. but wasn't.
hopefully, in future shows, we'll get to see the results of these
i recognize the name, but not the face