1999 Ralph spent some time in the studio with each of The Bad Examples'
line-ups recording songs which had been played live but never recorded
during each of the incarnations of the band. The goal was an album
which would span the history of the band, and be released on the
anniversary of the band being together for 5,000 days. A studio
album seemed to take the focus of the music away from where it needed
to be, so plans were made to have a show which featured the three
major line-ups of the band (the only line-up not represented was
the Cheap Beer Night line-up which featured the late John Duich).
5,000 Days show was held on April 15, 2000 at FitzGerald's. It featured
three sets, one with the Bad Is Beautiful line-up of Tom O'Brien,
Terry Wathen, Pickles Piekarski, and Ralph Covert; one with the
Kisses 50 cents line-up of Steve Gerlach with Terry, Pickles, and
Ralph; and one with the final club line-up of the band of Rob Newhouse,
Ron Barnes, Steve Wozny, with Pickles and Ralph. Billed as a 'farewell'
show, it was more a putting to rest of The Bad Examples as an active
day-to-day project in a way which honored and celebrated the achievements of
the band and its members through the years. Definitely not a farewell show but no longer could Chicagoans count on a show every weekend throughout the year.
Days" a CD comprised of live material from this final show,
was issued two years later sold only at concerts and through the Waterdog website..
on any chapter heading below for a chronological history!