Greetings fellow Wreckers! Along with the copious press interviews, both the band and Rhett did a load of live performances throughout the first three legs of touring. The following are enough super sessions to keep you entertained all weekend. Get comfy, because here… we… GO!
Prior to the start of the first touring dates, Rhett stopped by People Magazine studios in New York to perform Longer Than You’ve Been Alive here.
That same day Rhett and Murry stopped by Esquire Editor-in-Chief David Granger’s office to sing an Olivia Newton John staple here.
Several days before MMU was released, Rhett made a stop at KXT in Dallas to spread the word and play a handful of new songs and old favorites. Catch it here.
Old 97’s made another stop at World Cafe to talk with the incomparable David Dye. The power went out, but that didn’t stop the guys from rawking out in front of the enthusiastic, albeit overheated, in-studio crowd. There may have even been a panty or two tossed on stage in appreciation? Listen here.
Rhett spoke with the equally incomparable Robin Young from NPR’s Here and Now. The link is here.
Both Rhett and Murry stopped by WYEP’s studio in Pittsburgh before their show at Mr. Small’s to share stories with Mike Sauter.
The small things like a breath before or after a song are what make an album sound live. “Our record begins with a sort of tired breath from Rhett, a weary one, but it ends with kind of a satisfied breath,” Hammond says.
The entire session can be streamed here.
The band stopped by Bing Lounge to perform in front of an appreciative audience for KINK radio in Portland. The interview is here; Guadalajara here; Wasted here; Let’s Get Drunk here; Longer Than You’ve Been Alive here.
In Seattle, the 97’s stopped by KEXP’s station to talk shop and play a handful of songs from MMU for Jim Beckman. Here
Christian Shaeffer from KDHX in St. Louis caught up with the 97’s and got some interesting perspective from the guys before the show at the Ready Room. Find out what Murry meant when he stated “The band is like Mexican food.” The interview and live performance is here.
Prior to their Milwaukee date, Rhett talked via phone with WMSE’s Chicken Shack here.
Brad Savage from The Corner in Charlottesvile, Va posted this interview and live performance of Wasted, Let’s Get Drunk and Nineteen here.
Heather Anders of The River in Asheville, NC spends roughly 15 minutes chatting with Rhett and listening to him play Longer and Let’s Get Drunk here.
RiYL offers up a fantastic interview discussing, among other things, Rhett’s 911 experience, writing book reviews (Leonard Cohen’s bio, in particular), and Ovation guitars over whiskey and cheese backstage at New York’s City Winery here. This conversation may be my favorite of the bunch. They cover so many varied subjects, and Rhett is so relaxed. Maybe it was the whiskey. (insert winkie face here)
We all know how witty Rhett is, listen as he holds his own going toe-to-toe with comedians on the following podcasts.
Throwing Shade’s Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi manically toss questions at Rhett on a shortened video clip here on Funny or Die. The entire interview (beginning at 40:40 in) is streaming here. They dish about hair highlights, flowbees, Mick Jagger’s throat, Axl Rose’s backstage behavior before Rhett sings a song from MMU.
Rhett spars with Adam Carolla on his podcast here (beginning 1:08:00 in). They talk middle-school sports, a crazy hotel incident with an unnamed celebrity and Snow Patrol. Does Rhett love them or despise them? You’ll have to listen to find out.
Other Extraneous Random Reviews/Photos:
Rhett’s AMA on Reddit here
Review of the gig at One-Eyed Jacks: here
Review of the show at Fitzgerald’s in Houston here
Review and photos from the Ready Room in St. Louis are here and here where this happened:
Let’s not forget David Daley’s fabulous Salon article that got the ball rolling. It’s definitely worth another read here. Mr. Miller doesn’t have to make everyone happy all the time, but he certainly has made his fan base ecstatic with this outstanding collection of songs.
And just for grins, here’s a terrific blast-from-the-past article I stumbled on with the Washington Post’s Shayla Thiel from way back in September of 1997. She speaks with all four band members. Ken even answers “a few key questions”. Enjoy!
New dates are posted on the site. Go pick a date or three, and don’t be left out of the fun of this tour!!