Cloaca Melodia

My life in concerts, by Mike Sauter.


Red Hot Chili Peppers/Faith No More

The Haunt, Ithaca, NY

This was the first concert I ever acted as MC. I hadn't yet gotten over my stage fright, so I was naturally barely shy of crapping my pants prior to the show. I went onstage to introduce FNM, and thankfully, one of my fellow DJs at 'ICB (Kevin Fagen) whooped encouragingly when I announced my name.

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I brought the band out and retreated to the backstage area to prepare myself for the main event. The RHCPs seemed like ordinary folks when they first arrived backstage. But they began getting ready for their show--they shared a joint with club personnel, put on war paint, and began acting more and more manic. This wasn't making me more relaxed. I was almost relieved when guitarist Hillel Slovak told me, in a manic style consistent with someone on an energy-inducing drug, that they usually don't have stage introductions, only an intro tape. No problem, man. I went back to my seat in the VIP area and enjoyed the extremely, um, manic and loud show. Did I mention they were manic? (Hillel would soon die, in June of 1988, of a drug overdose)

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Dead Milkmen

The Haunt, Ithaca, NY

Fallen Hero was the opening band. I don't remember too much about the show except a lot of slam-dancing (I don't recall having heard the word "moshing" until the early 1990s)... 

add your own comments if you were also there!

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