Steve Poltz On Intoxicated Monkeys, Lionel Richie, Staff Infections and Being Kind Of Pretty Ok-ish


I had a chance to catch up with Steve Poltz and ask him a few questions about his upcoming gig at the Belly Up on October 13th.
Apart from comparing it to a game of Mad Libs, I’m sure I wouldn’t do the interview justice. So instead, I’ll just sit back and let his answers speak for themselves.
The Belly Up is the crown jewel of venues in San Diego; people love attending shows there. What about from the side of the performer? What do you enjoy most about playing at the Belly Up and why do you feel it is such a popular place to play? I love the staff. They grow on you. Like an infection. A staff infection. They do a great job providing hookers and blow to everyone and they’re genuinely concerned about people’s safety and well being.

Do you remember the first show you ever saw at the Belly Up? What was it? I saw the Beatles there back in the sixties. Oh wait- that was television, The Ed Sullivan Show. What are you talking about again? The Belly Up? Is that a venue I’ve even been to before? It sounds vaguely familiar. I think I saw The Pixies or was it Kenny Rankin? Do they tour together? The Pixies featuring Kenny Rankin. I’m confused.

Do you remember the first time you played the Belly Up? When was it? How did it go, anything you remember from your first time there? I was in The Rugburns and we opened for Buddy Blue right after he’d left The Beat Farmers and it was for his cd release party. I got very drunk and had to be carried out of the bar by a scary biker and was told I should never show my face there again.

Do you have a favorite show that you have seen at the Belly Up? No. I hate most shows. I don’t like music. I wish they would turn The Belly Up into a combination of a Gap and a Starbucks and just sell khakis and decaf soy cappuccinos. However I did see a video on YouTube of one of MY shows at The Belly Up and I thought it was ok. Not great but pretty ok. Kind of pretty ok-ish.

Your shows are a mix of story and song. How would you describe your show to someone who has never seen it before? It sounds like a train wreck mixed with the noise a telephone makes when it’s thrown into a wall  by Russell Crowe.  My parents tell me they think I’m pretty good but that I should’ve kept my day job as a nipple salesman.

When someone leaves your show what is one thing you would love to hear them say about it? What a rip off. I feel like he owes ME money. Does The Belly Up give refunds?

You are doing a rare, seated show at the Belly Up. Was this your idea or did the Belly Up suggest it, and why are you doing a seated show? I asked for it because I’m really tired. I’ve been standing in line all day for Space Mountain.

If you could have one musician that has passed away come out and play one song with you, who would that be? What song would that be? What would he or she being playing or singing? I’d have Freddie Mercury. We’d do a cover of Endless Love by Lionel Richie with Lionel actually playing piano and I’d dress as a woman and sing the girl part looking deep into Freddie’s eyes and at the end we would both have tears running down our mascara laden cheeks and our tears would turn into a salty river and we’d float off in a canoe on a river of tears with Lionel paddling and Freddie and I sipping champagne and in the distance there would be crazy screaming intoxicated monkeys swinging on vines holding flaming torches and homemade fireworks purchased from inbred hillbillies. Sigh… Why is a purpose driven life so unattainable?

See Steve Poltz October 13th at The Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach

Steve is doing a rare, seated, solo acoustic show and tickets are available here.

For a chance to win 2 FREE TICKETS to the show, just “like” the SD Rock n Roll Facebook page to enter. Simple as that!

4 Responses to Steve Poltz On Intoxicated Monkeys, Lionel Richie, Staff Infections and Being Kind Of Pretty Ok-ish
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  2. Rick
    October 11, 2011 | 3:38 pm

    Yes, definitely one of my favorite interviews of the year

  3. joe
    October 10, 2011 | 12:53 pm

    Rick, good questions asked…funny answers. This guy is ready for SNL.

  4. sharon
    October 7, 2011 | 2:14 am

    steve, I am so glad to have met you and it is so freiking comforting that I am not the only crazy, free goofball alive!!! Why didn’t anyone else COMMENT? U must come back to CT (old saybrook!) blessings :) This is tooooo funny

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