It's rare we have a juicy update on good time guy Roger Clyne, and rarer still we have a local music scoop from the Arizona Republic, but, while trying to figure out who Richard Ruelas (guest DJing on The Blaze this week) is last night I came across an interesting little story by their music critic Larry Rodgers.
The band's long time guitarist, the black-hatted cowboy Steve Larson, has split with the band, under what appears to be less than amicable terms.
Clyne: "Over the last 3 1/2 or four years, he and I had increasing differences in our artistic vision. Last year, we sat down at a Mexican restaurant and decided maybe it was best to go our separate ways."
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Larson: "We clashed hard, and it got personal. Me and him need to go have some beers when he gets home (from touring). I'd really like to bury it."
So saucy! I'd like to say I saw some shadowing of this tension when I did my big column on Circus Mexicus, but, sadly, I did not.
By the way, you can check out the new Peacemakers at Tempe Music Fest this weekend, their first appearance at the festival. Hopefully it'll be a little better than they were at the Light Rail's opening day.