"I'm not sure why poppies come up," Lowery explains. "Other than it's just sort of a classical, romantic-poet image. And it's in The Wizard of Oz. And 'Hello, Cleveland' is from Spinal Tap. We just needed to call a double-live record that, even though it was recorded in Chicago."
The phrase also closes the first disc of Camper Van Beethoven's bent-Americana cover of Fleetwood Mac's entire Tusk double LP, most of which the band recorded in 1987, abandoned, then later finished for a 2002 release. For this tour, Lowery is breaking out material from both groups, but leaving most of the band at home. He and Cracker/Camper guitarist-singer Johnny Hickman are playing unplugged, with opening act the Hackensaw Boys backing them for much of the Camper material. This'll be one sincere "Hello, Cleveland."
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