I went out to the Knitting Factory in Hollywood to see The Fall and ended up seeing my friend hanging around the stairs again. It turned out that Mark E. Smith had asked him to fill in on cowbell, since his band had quit in Phoenix and he was working with all new people. My friend was suffering from a Little Wage Fright, though.
I told him not to worry and that I was sure the concert would be fantastic. He finally got on stage right before the show began.