At first I was only going to recap the RNR private artist showcases of 2008, but then I thought better of it. I don’t want my Canon HV20 to feel neglected. She didn’t just shoot concerts over the past year, oh no, she shot in studio performances as well. WRNR in studio performances to be precise. The first significant one of the year took place the same day as the Jose Gonzalez showcase. Of course I had no idea Alice was coming in, because why would anyone want to let the guy with the camera know? “That’s radio, Jon.” One of my favorite lines of 2008 as well.
The interesting back story to her visit goes like this: Alice was discovered, produced, and promoted by Clarence Greenwood a.k.a. Citizen Cope. WRNR’s Program Director Bob Waugh managed Cope up until his breakthrough into the major labels. So Cope thinks of Bob as a really, really good friend. As in the “you and your station pals come hang out with my mom and dad in the VVIP Skydeck at Virgin Festival” kind of friend.
Exhibit A: Citizen Cope’s Dad, Mom & BFF Bob Waugh in the Skydeck at Virgin Fest
Citizen Cope and Alice Smith are married. Rumors abounded, but on March 5, 2008 they were not even officially dating. That’s the day they both rolled into the WRNR studios. Cope went outside to “smoke” and Alice promoted her new album and upcoming Rams Head On Stage show with an interview and performance. Carrie conducted the interview as she and Alice had met before and had good rapport. On mic Alice wouldn’t admit to Carrie’s probing questions about her and Cope having a relationship and being engaged. After the interview Alice fessed up that it was true, she and Cope were banging (to use the parlance of our times) and she was sporting a rock on her finger that wasn’t cubic zirconium. It’s all on DV tape too, but if you don’t believe me wait for the director’s cut.
Exhibit B: A Smiling Citizen Cope sandwich. L to R: Alex, Cope, Bob
Long story short, Alice Smith sang a song about how Citizen Cope was in reality her special lady guy friend before anyone knew it was true.
Alice returns to play Rams Head On Stage Monday, January 26th. WRNR is presenting the show. I wonder if she and the hubby will drop by to say hi? We didn’t spill the beans about their eloping prematurely. In terms of our relationship nothing is fucked here…