Support Local Journalism. Join Riverfront Times Press Club.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

SKiN GRAFT's Al Johnson on St. Louis: "Flip the Arch Upside Down"

Posted By on Wed, Jul 3, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Page 2 of 4

The merch table at Skin Graft Homecoming 2013 included posters and CDs from Johnson's personal collection. - MABEL SUEN
  • Mabel Suen
  • The merch table at Skin Graft Homecoming 2013 included posters and CDs from Johnson's personal collection.

Did you encounter any oddities on your way to or from our city?

I encountered Duke's small batch beef-brisket-tobasco drenched beef jerky. For that, I am grateful. Also, our lunch in "boys-town" near the Commerce bank was a pleasant surprise. The lightning in St. Louis seems angrier than most I've seen. Also, on the night of the event I had my manager swipe a chartreuse flower from the venue neighborhood. For that I apologize, but the damn thing provided me with powers beyond my control. For that, I am not sorry.

How did you feel watching eager fans finger through your goods, including Shorty, U.S. Maple and old posters from your own apartment?

I bring items from my personal collection rarely, but when I do it's because I believe somebody else will care and value these one-offs like I've done all these years. A lot of the posters were rare, from the Netherlands and Italian shows. The singles, set-lists are very rare, some 20 years old. I want people who love me to know I love them...it's not about the money.

What was the best thing you ate during your time in St. Louis?

I ingested a gaggle of gnats at the Fischer residence. The breakfast Mark's (Fischer) mother and Dave prepared was nothing short of spectacular. Their pepper shaker scared the hell out of me; when I went to season the biscuits and gravy it began to vibrate and curse, I'm positive it's haunted.

Finish this sentence: "The Arch was..."

The Arch was in its usual place. I have traveled to St. Louis many, many times throughout my childhood. I don't dislike it; after all the years I'm just bored with it. Can you do something a bit different with it? Flip it upside down? Place one end of it into the river, yeah, do that.

Hit the jump for more commentary by Al Johnson.

Tags: ,

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 19, 2022

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2022 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation