Tomorrow, Chicago will stage it's third edition of "Hot Stove, Cool Music" a benefit concert that features many baseball personalities and local Chicago musicians rocking out and raising money for Theo Epstien's Foundation To Be Named Later- an organization which gathers money and supplies for underprivileged youth. This year's lineup features Tom Morello of Rage against the Machine, Jimmy Chamberlain of the Smashing Pumpkins, and Scott Lucas of Local H not to mention WSCR (And Tributosaurus's) mid-day show host Matt Spiegel and Cubs announcer Len Kasper will be joining in on tracks as well. At last year's HSCM, Spiegel and Kasper brought the house down with a raucous cover of the Replacements' "Can't hardly wait."
"Len loves the 'Mats, and so do I." Said Spiegel who was more than eager to talk about the show. "So we kicked it around verbally...and there were horns on the gig...it was a natural. I've done it with Tributo when we became them, so I had that handy vocal map previously discussed. No rehearsal. Playing a rock tune with Jimmy Chamberlin behind you is a very unique and powerful thing. That guy can sit on the perfect edge of combustibility, while maintaining exact control.
Chamberlain won't be the only star Spiegs will be rocking with Friday. Asked for some highlights….piegel mentioned singing a song off of Wilco's "Being There" ( Wilco's best album…..Please let the song be "Someone else's song"…..pretty please….) As well as a Local H tune, some Urge Overkill and getting to sing some backup soul for the great Peter Gammons. Spiegs of course will also find some time and help Theo out with some Jeff Samardzija trade ideas….
"I tried that once." Said Spiegel. " I mean, a baseball conversation. But the night is not about putting him in an uncomfortable position. I get to grill him at other times. We talk music. I will say, last year he was checking his phone every 5 or 10 minutes...and that night the minor Lillibridge deal went through. I think that was the one."
Well, ok, we'll let Theo let his hair down and kick it this one time. After all, it's for charity. I've seen almost all these acts play and trust me when I say it will be well worth your money and your time. Tom Morello does a solo acoustic "Guerrilla Radio" that has to be heard to believe. So if you're a baseball fan, music fan, or just up for some good times, well then I'll try and see you tomorrow night at Metro for Hot Stove Cool Music.