40-foot iguana

 me and kevin on the roof of the lonestar cafe. nyc, 1986

me and kevin on the roof of the lonestar cafe. nyc, 1986

The Lone Star Cafe was a club in New York City on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 13th Street. With its Texas theme, it attracted touring acts like Joe Ely, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, and Albert King, but also hosted Wilson Pickett, The Blues Brothers, Toots & the Maytalls, and James Brown, who recorded a live album there in 1985.

On the roof of the club was a 40-foot iguana sculpture, which was a landmark of the area at the time. If you went to the club, you pretty much had to go on the roof and check out the giant iguana.

True West did a show there in 1986, opening for Rita Coolidge. Not sure how we got on that bill, but she and her band were very friendly, and the gig paid well, so no one was complaining.