G. Love insists that we keep it sharp and coordinated on stage. If I had my druthers I'd just rock jeans and t-shirts, you know, comfy cotton. But it's probably a good idea to wear something special when you're entertaining, so, coming back to tour this year, I decided to go along with it. I didn't really have a choice.
See, after the recording session I came back to LA to do some interviews and stuff, and I had a real nice chat with the Brushfire folks, and then G Love strolls in and is like hey "Jimi, come for a ride in this bomb car I rented." He had one of the new Dodge Challengers, shit it looked cool, and we rolled out before I could suspect subterfuge. But it was clear as soon as we pulled into that store on Melrose, I was tricked - like Bart and Lisa at the dentist. "Come on man, lets get you some clothes" he says and before I knew what was happening I was draped in synthetic fabrics with ostentatious lapels and even, wait for it . . . real shoes!
So this week, I decided to take the bull by the horns, have some fun with it. And by being first, set the look for this summers tour; you're welcome guys. I head out to the thrift -psyche, vintage store, and there it was, one linen suit left, and I bought it. It's a little big of course, because as David Byrne taught us, everything should be bigger on stage. With a genuine Hagar polyester shirt and the widest brim hat I can find bada-bing, bada-boom - there it is; Summer '14 Look Number One! Somewhere between Saturday Night Fever and a freaky Col. Sanders, it all comes together with the Kaenon Bluesmaster shades.
Man, I'll be looking cool at the track this weekend.
I may debut another outfit at the Rock and Roll Marathon . . . who's running?