BUT I was also looking forward to see what kind of crowd would show up. The State Theatre always seems so stuffy and button-down. I wanted to see how many green haired, tattooed, leopard print covered maniacs came out to pay tribute to The Pope Of Trash in that hallowed, old hall.
Unfortunately, and Miss Pamela Porter will back me up on this, there was a terrible turnout. I'd say the front and side orchestra sections were full but nothing in the balcony or under the balcony. I'd never seen the place so empty. My sweetheart and I were driving home and couldn't believe how nobody showed up the night John Waters came to Easton.
A guy I know was at The Pixies show at The State Theatre this winter and he said that show wasn't a great sell either (you'd have to ask Tom Coombe for verification). The Pixies came to town and we didn't give them the key to the city?!
[Editor's note: While the show wasn't sold out, they didn't play to an empty room either. But yeah, if it was up to me, the Pixies would have gotten a key to the city.]
I'd talk to locals who would say, "You drove all the way from Easton, PA to come here? To see these guys?" What choice did I have? There's nowhere to see anyone around here. The closest thing we have to a little rock'n'roll bar is Fuglee's. And I never know if that place is going to be open when I go down there.
I feel like Mr. Hand in Fast Times At Ridgemont High. "What are you people? On dope?" (Maybe if they were there'd be somewhere fun to go around here) How is there is is NO counterculture in this town at all?
I'm not talking about two piece jam bands playing at Porter's Pub or bar bands playing "Summer of 69" every night at some mediocre dive. Where are all the green haired, tattooed, leopard print covered maniacs hanging out at? Hell, I used to live down the street from the Sterling Hotel in Allentown and I'd bomb down there just to bump into other rockabilly weirdos trying to drink, fight and - well, whathaveyou.
At least The State Theatre has gotten some guts over the last couple of years. I've been able to see Jon Stewart, George Carlin, Artie Lange, The Kids In The Hall and now John Waters there.
And you know what?
If whatever counterculture we have doesn't start going to see acts like that when they come to town - they're going to stop coming.