Promoted by F. A. Nettelbeck and Jon Carroll, the Burroughs/Giorno 'Red Night Tour' reading in Santa Cruz was a major event. Burroughs' manager, James Grauerholz, had told Nettelbeck that "New Wave/Punk acts" were opening up the tour in small venues across the country. Tao Chemical were the natural choice, and were asked to open the show.

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