This is my favorite set out of the 20ish sets over 2 nights. You have about 7,000 people in the place, ready to see Bush, Alanis Morrissette, Foo Fighters and more. Then Kevin and Bean spring an unknown (at the time) Wesley Willis on the unsuspecting crowd, most/all of the crowd have never heard of this guy.
If you are unaware of Wesley, he was diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenic as a child. He sold his pen and paper artwork on the streets of Chicago, and then got into music. His stream-of-consciousness lyrics spoken/sung over the casio keyboard’s demo song is the basis for most of the early material I have heard (he has a ton of material!).
Anyway, back to the KROQ event. He plays his first song, and the place is dead silent! It was probably the biggest “WTF?” moment in the history of acoustic xmas. So great. I can’t help but laugh every time I hear this.
Over the next few weeks, you will be getting full sets of all bands who played the KROQ Almost Acoustic Xmas, directly off of the DAT master tape. Why? Well, audio to video synch wizard king bean asked for a couple of sets from the weekend of shows, and it just made sense to run the entire set of DATs and archive then now…. especially since they were DIC brand (a little taper humor for the nerds out there).
I moved back to Sacramento over Thanksgiving weekend of 1995, and this took place a month afterwards. HUGE thanks to Kevin Haynes for taping this for me, and then sending the DAT masters to me. What a guy.
Recorded by Kevin Haynes
Transfer by: Shayne Stacy
Equipment: Sony PCMR500 into M-Audio Audiophile 2496 card