Rikki's Surprise! 50th Birthday Bash

March 14, 2004 - Old Jailhouse Tavern - Orleans, MA

Be sure to keep checking this page, as we keep getting more pics!
And, if you've got any pics from the shindig which you'd like to share (and why the heck wouldn't you) - email them to ctravis@sonictrout.com

I've always avoided putting up a bunch of idiot band photos, but this time I can't resist. These shots from Rikki's surprise 50th birthday party speak volumes if you ask me... I can only add that apparently, he was, in fact, surprised; with these get-ups, I'm pretty sure everyone was. And if you didn't come, you missed one hell of a version of "We Are the World" (new words below -everybody sing!) Tragically, none of the three people recording that night managed to come out of it with a reasonable sounding tape -Fred and I failed completely to get anything, and Chris Blood only got a portion from one of the drum mikes. Still, a brief video does exist, courtesy of Lady Cynthia, which we hope to unveil in the near future, once we clean it up a bit.
Thanks to all who showed, dressed to the elevens; especially the photographers represented here, namely Al Spade, Casablanca Kate, and the afore-mentioned Lady Cynthia; and, of course, to Fred Boak, the best valet a guy could have. The evidence is still drifting in, so feel free to submit, and/or check back here for more at your leisure. It was a hell of a night.

By the way, Christi and Clinton also put up a page of another 30 or so great shots at:

(I've tried to list who played which celebrity wherever possible; most of them, I've forgotten (Nature's wonderful that way), so if you know stuff I don't remember,  give me an update.)

"He is Da Voop"

There comes a time when we heed a certain call (*Lionel Richie* - Chandler)
When the world must come together as one (*Lionel Richie* & *Stevie Wonder* - Matt Goldman?)
There are people trying (*Stevie Wonder*)
Oh, but they can't hit like Rikki; he's got (*Paul Simon* - Steve Shook)
The greatest gift of all (*Paul Simon*/*Kenny Rogers*)

We can't go on pretending day by day (*Kenny Rogers* - Joe "Denzel" O'Sullivan)
That someone, somehow will soon drum like him/her (*James Ingram* - ?)
We're all a part of Voopie's great big family (*Tina Turner* - Chris Blood)
And the truth (*Billy Joel* - Dinty Child)
You know that sound is all we need (*Tina Turner*/*Billy Joel*)

He is da Voop, she is da Voopsie *(ALL)*
They are the one who made a brighter day -that's why we're singing (*Michael Jackson* - Fred Boak)
There's a choice we're making we're saying Ringo's fine (*Diana Ross* - Marybeth Travis & Al Spade)
But it's true we'll make a better day just Voop and me (*Michael Jackson*/*Diana Ross*)

Well, send him some pot so he'll know that someone cares (*Dionne Warwick* - ?)
And his life will be stronger and free (*Dionne Warwick*/*Willie Nelson* - ?)
As Rikki's shown us by changing pants to skirt (*Willie Nelson*)
And so we all must dress like this ourselves (*Al Jarreau
* - Dylan Stanton)

He is da Voop, she is da Voopsie (*Bruce Springsteen* - Chris Mascara?)
They are the one who made a brighter day -that's why we're singing (*Kenny Logins* - ?)
There's a choice we're making -we say Phil Collins sucks (*Bob Dylan* - David Greenberger)
It's true we'll make a better day just Vool and me (*Bob Dylan*)

When you're down and out there seems no hope at all (*Michael Jackson* - Fred Boak)
But if you just believe there's no way we can fall (*Huey Lewis* - ?)
Well, well, well, let's realize that a change can only come (*Cyndi Lauper* - Aaron Spade)
When he slash she (*Kim Carnes* - ?)
stands together as one (*Kim Carnes*/*Cyndi Lauper*/*Huey Lewis*)