"I always dreamed about living in New York City!" shouts Old 97's singer-guitarist Rhett Miller as the band takes the Webster Hall stage on the evening of June 3, 2014.
"We keep things simple," says Miller. "We have a small but very talented crew."
Pre-show, "I'll do some jumping jacks...
Pre-show, "I'll do some jumping jacks and deep-knee bends, because I'm no spring chicken," says Miller. "And even Mick Jagger has to figure out what socks he's going to wear."
From left: drummer Philip Peeples, Mi...
From left: drummer Philip Peeples, Miller, bassist Murry Hammond and guitarist Ken Bethea. "There's no more pot of gold from selling records," says Miller. "But I think it's better for music now. You just have people who want to get up and play."
The crowd at Webster Hall waits for t...
The crowd at Webster Hall waits for the show to start. "We're not the kind of band that people have to feel cool enough to be at our shows," says Miller.
"I have some rules: I'm allowed to dr...
"I have some rules: I'm allowed to drink a beer a couple of hours before the gig, and I can drink whiskey about an hour before. I'll also drink my whiskey through the post-show hang. I've learned my parameters over the years, but I don't live in a monastery," says Miller, seen here attempting the kind of backbend that left him flat on his ass during the show.
"My biggest pre-show ritual is making...
"My biggest pre-show ritual is making the set list, which can be a two-hour ordeal. It's like a puzzle I get to piece together -- but any of us is allowed to call an audible during the show."
The band leaves the dressing room en ...
The band leaves the dressing room en route to the stage.
Hammond sings harmony on the song "Up...
Hammond sings harmony on the song "Up the Devil's Pay."
Afterward, the bandmembers enjoy the ...
Afterward, the bandmembers enjoy the endorphin rush of a job well done. "I don't ever want to complain about my job," says Miller, "because I love it."