...and here's the rest....er, the beginning of the story. During the first set of their October '81 show, Dave Reiss scrounged up a blank cassette somewhere and we went back to the sound booth where Dave Kao, Merlyn's house guy, popped it in midway. The edit in the middle of "Carnival" is because the tape had to be turned over in the middle of the song! A bit later Pete broke a string on the black Rick and had to change it on stage (!) causing a delay during which Michael improvised some vocal weirdness for a while. It was only a 45 minute tape and that is all there is of that night preserved, although they did two full sets with encores. There is a notable 'faster' version of Rockville on it. I made a copy of Dave Reiss's master, and in turn made a copy of mine for Rich Menning at Atomic Records, and it was dispersed to the world from those humble origins. Jammy transferred it to CD for me a few years ago, and I still have my cassette.
When they came back the following April 24, 1982, we were prepared, and even got the band's permission to tape the show....they signed with IRS a week later. We got the whole show, and for weeks there was nothing else on my stereo. In the early 90's it appeared on a German bootleg CD titled "Carnival Of Sorts". There is also a great board tape of the entire 1985 Stock Pavilion show. I've heard tell of a board tape of their whole '83 Headliner's show, but have not heard it.
All through those years their manager, Jefferson, had a girlfriend named Sonia who lived on Spaight just up off Willy, so they would usually hang around town a few days.