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Eric Martin

Empty Glass
Charleston, WV
August 5, 1998

My summary of the actual show is well documented on Antal's site, so I won't go into much detail about the show here. Instead I just thought I would reiterate the fact that August 5, 1998 was one of the coolest nights in my life, despite some of the unfortunate business with my car. Charleston, West Virginia is not exactly a hot bed of great music, so it was a real treat for us all. I will be eternally grateful to Mike and all the MK/BFD gang for giving us a chance. I think I speak for all the fans in the area, and especially the "West Virginia Boys" when I say, "Please come back!!" I'm still doing my small part in spreading the word about the band, I make anyone I can subdue long enough listen to Mike's music. Just a few days from this writing I was wearing my Sluggo T-shirt at work and a guy remarked about liking the shirt. I was naturally a bit stunned (because I have yet to meet anyone else, aside from about 5 or 6 other die-hard fans in the area that I've had the pleasure of meeting), and I said, "Oh, do you like (Mike Keneally & Beer for Dolphins)?", and he said he was at the 8/5/98 show in Charleston. So now I have a great new friend with great musical taste thanks to you guys.

Mike Keneally, Bryan Beller, Marc Ziegenhagen, Jason Smith, Bob Tedde, Cami Slotkin and all the MK/BFD crew including Scott Chatfield (who I unfortunately never got to meet because he wasn't at the show) were/are and continue to be some of the coolest people in the music biz. It was nice talking to some of you again on Halloween night in Lexington, KY. You are all definitely the most fan-friendly bunch of musicians and musician cohorts I've ever met. I hope you can all overlook a couple bad experiences in West Virginia and come back real soon. We are in dire need of real music around here.

Eternally grateful,

--Eric Martin

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