This is another story involving the previously mentioned Bill Holland & Rent's Due, though a couple of years later with a slightly different line-up. We were invited to perform at York College in York, PA in a dual capacity, to open the show as us, then back the headliner, who was Andy Kaufman. For those who might not know the name, he was a brilliant, but very different stand-up. He also played Latka on Taxi. We would lip sync to mighty mouse, marry a random couple from the audience, wrestle a woman,(hint, he lost), do an Elvis medley, play congas, etc. We backed him on a variety of different things and it was quite an experience. He rarely broke character, which made it a little weird! To be fair to him, he was very businesslike and definitely not in character for the rehearsal, but that was it.
As I mentioned in a previous post, it takes a lot to intimidate me in terms of playing music. That being said, another Bill Holland and Rent's Due tale has us opening for Joan Armatrading at the Kennedy Center. On a side note, Ritchie Hayward of Little Feat was playing drums for Joan, so that was a bonus treat. The way shows like this work, you get to the venue hours before you play, watch the headliner soundcheck, and then it's our turn. As I was moving my drums to center stage for our check, I looked out and saw the chandeliers and balconies that I'd seen on TV so many times, and I have to say, that was a really powerful and kind of scary moment that I still remember vividly! The show was awesome, and I still remember that view!