Check out the left side! King Mike V on the cover! Check out this month's December issue of Art Katalyst Magazine and check out my feature article. You can buy a copy here: http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/850176
If you haven't picked up Spain's first three albums, The Blue Moods Of Spain, She Haunts My Dreams, and/or I Believe, all on limited edition 180-gram colored vinyl, now would be a good time to do so! $10 / $8 / $8 each..you can't beat that. All part of the Omnivore Recordings Holiday Sale going on NOW.
This is issue #012 of The Monthly Articles News Column
I exceeded my goal by creating over 90 music videos this year alone. I spent the first days of the month going through them and adjusting quality on some where the imagery may have been blurred in the transistion before I'll be reaching out to Guinness. An example would be better color contrast on videos like "The Shore". Especially useful on some of my 2013 sketched videos. Also if you want go to the discography selection on this site (in photos). Beneath the cds feature 5 dvd covers with the reverse with the song titles selected. I'd like to be able to unleash them as a collection when the time is right. Yes this is required. With the help of others this project can become what it was always meant to be. That is why this article is significant to my follow up.
Don't miss Ramblin' Jack Elliott as Special Guest with Peter Rowan at The Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, California on Friday December 12th! Peter Rowan, Friday, December 12, 2014, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)
with Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Nina Gerber, Blaine Sprouse, Mike Witcher, and Jeff Keana'aina
Peter Rowan is a bluegrass master. His musical roots go back to Bill Monroe. He didn’t just hear Bill Monroe’s recordings – he played guitar and sang lead with Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys in the mid-1960s. After stints in Earth Opera, Muleskinner, and the Marin County rock group Seatrain, he co-founded Old and in the Way with Jerry Garcia and David Grisman. Since then, he’s recorded more than 30 albums and earned six Grammy nominations and a Grammy. His classic originals include “Panama Red,” “Lonesome L.A. Cowboy,” and “Moonlight Midnight” – and he’s just released a new album, Twang An’ Groove Vol. 1, featuring high-energy live versions of traditional classics and some of Peter’s outstanding originals. “The entire band coalesces around a supple groove, suggesting a sound not unlike the Grateful Dead in full jam band motif,” says the website Country Standard Time, adding that the free form improvisation “all sounds in sync, a reflection of the band's competence and confidence.” Joining Peter tonight will be Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Nina Gerber, Blaine Sprouse, Mike Witcher, and Jeff Keana'aina. Get your tickets early – this should be a glorious musical celebration, led by a true master!
Dance To Tipperary Greatest Hits is avalibale now on iTunes, Amazon, HMV Digital, Beatport and all good download stores. The Greatest Hits album features 25 tracks including all of Dance To Tipperary's biggest hit singles, fan favouites and other top downloads.
Buy Dance To Tipperaary Greatest Hits using the links below.
ASBURY PARK, N.J. --- After being nominated for two Asbury Music Awards in 2013, Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son have been announced as a musical guest for the 2014 awards on Dec. 18, 2014. The event will once again be held at the Asbury Park-famous Stone Pony.
"Asbury Park has been my musical home since I was 15," Bobby Mahoney, lead singer and guitarist for the band said. "And I am humbled and honored to be playing the Asbury Music Awards with so many great artists."
The band will join the likes of Deal Casino, Eastbourne, Sofia Nicole among many others as performers for the evening.
It was a busy 2014 for Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son, as the band released its debut full-length studio album, Friends in Low Places, to critical-acclaim. Jersey shore outlet The Aquarian had the following about the album in July:
"Friends In Low Places marks Mahoney’s return to the band format and a more tumultuous and concentrated rock and roll sound. Defiant and green, this record logs adolescent 'life in the fast lane'recorded and learned by the young men who wrote it."
In June, the band released the first album's first music video, "Another Deadbeat Summer." It features shots of not just the shore, but a live performance at the Asbury Park-famous venue The Saint.
The group is currently in the midst of touring to support the album, which has included to stops in Canada as part of Light of Day Canada.
"A lot of hard work went into the past year with this band," rhythm guitarist Jon Alba added. "We are very excited to share the stage with such talented acts and to represent a place we feel is one of our adopted homes."
In 2013, the band was nominated for "Top Young Band," while Mahoney himself was nominated for "Top Male Acoustic Act."
Doors will be at 6 p.m., while Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son hits the stage at 7:25 p.m. Advance tickets for the event can be purchased at the box office at The Saint and The Stone Pony, or in advance via Ticketmaster or Ticketweb.
We had a BLAST playing in "The City" at Slim's. San Francisco you always know how to party down with your Petty! KUDOS to our friends from Fresno, Stealing Nicks, who put on a great show and Marie Wilson for joining us on stage for a great rendition of "Stop Dragging My Heart Around"!
As we celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday with our families this week we want to share our gratitude and thanks to all of you who continue to support us every year and at every show. We definitely got lucky when we found all of YOU!
Come help us celebrate and dance off those dinners as we have great shows this weekend at two of our favorite venues right after Thanksgiving. Starting on "Black Friday”11/28 we return to the Peninsula area for another show at Club Foxin Redwood City. Our last show was packed and we are expecting another capacity crowd so get your tickets in advanceNOWHERE.
Both shows this weekend will be special “Evening with” performances featuring two full sets of all the best of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. These will be our last shows of 2014 until our NYE show at Northstar Resort in Truckee! Come on out and help us close out the year in style.
“Well it's all right, we're going to the end of the line."
-PT aka Dan, Django, Bagel, Monroe, Michael and Mike
Check 'em. 8 days and counting then we be knocking on your back door. The Unholy Goat once again crawls out of its deep dark hole and takes to the highways of this green and pleasant land. To double up on this awesome awesomeness we partner up Sweden's most monstrous, Stonewall Noise Orchestra. S.N.O celebrates their 10th in existence on this tour. Come, help us celebrate with style, give praise to the Unholy Goat, worship the might of the Wall! We finish our little soiree across the country with prime slots at the Winter Rocks Festival. Sheffiled's latest and greatest attraction. A full day of balls-out swinging music from prime cut local and international bands. Get yerselves into the fray. Fuck shit up y'all.
Gone and gone! The Bitch & Moan E.P's are now completely sold out. For those who missed the boat you can check-out our latest cut from this disc on your internets machines with the aid of our music player. Track. 1 - White of the Eye. Crank it like you mean it.
Here be some summertime no class evocations to get you in the mood. Drink deep from the well of yourself.
Once again, we had a BLAST playing in "The City" at Slim's! BIG THX to all who came out. San Francisco you always know how to party down with your Petty! KUDOS to our friends from Fresno Stealing Nicks - The Ultimate Stevie Nicks Experience who put on a great show and Marie Wilson for joining us on stage for another rendition of "Stop Dragging My Heart Around"! Oh my my OH HELL YES!
What a magical day it is today! Why? Well, because I shall now be referred to as, Uncle Mark!
Yes, at 6:38am today my Brother became a Dad and my Sister-in-law a Mum for the first time, but obviously more importantly than that (!) I became an Uncle for the first time!
I'm well happy!
Essentially, I'll get all the fun of a kid without the nappies, crying and lack of sleep.
Good deal I reckon!
I plan to teach, Joshua James Mathews, all about the important things in life: The Beatles, Guitar music and the wonder and majesty of the humble Jaffa cake! Before long we will have a fully trained and expert fellow "One T" in our midst and he will be unstoppable!
Any fellow Uncles out there, please do drop me a line and let me know any tips or things I should know! I wanna be the best Uncle there is and I've got stiff competition from my little Brother!!
Well, it's a wonderful way to take a break from the blog, just as a new life is just beginning. As you are aware I am off to South America for 3 weeks from tomorrow and so blog updates are likely to be minor to non-existent from now. Make sure you like my Facebook page, because there will be daily updates on there until I get back in December.
In the meantime if you miss me, listen to my radio interview on Croydon Radio:
Have a safe and happy time whilst I am gone and please do keep supporting me, sharing my music, telling your friends and basically doing the things that you have been doing for so long. It means so much to me, believe!!
Luis is pleased to announce 2 upcoming gigs before Christmas!
The first is taking place at Chilwell Road Methodist Church on Saturday 29th November, where Luis will be guesting in a musical event run by Derbyshire-Based vocal group Cantata. Mixing a vareity of styles, Luis will be switching between steel and nylon strings as he offers up both vocal and instrumental pieces.
Then, on the 20th December, Luis will be heading up a musical event in aid of the Hope Charity at The Creative Corner Cafe in Chilwell.
More details will be posted as information becomes available.
I'm sending you Tuesday love! May it be the best day ever...oh...and might I say you are looking spectacular today?!
Not long till that bearded man who loves the young starts coming round to our houses unannounced...no, I'm not talking about Rolf Harris (!) I'm talking about that other dubious character known as, Father Christmas.
Or Santa Claws to my brethren across the pond.
I do love a bit of Christmas time, I have to say! The silly season brings nothing but joy to me and how can it not: booze, food, time off, presents...It's top!!
This time last year I was just getting ready to record the three singles for 2014 and now I am just about to release the last one of those very three! Where in the hell has that year gone?! I mean it's been a great time, full of stories, but man it has flown by! I really cannot believe that I am now planning and scheming for 2015 (and let me tell you the plans and schemes are gonna be bigger and better than ever before!)
The Christmas bookings are coming in also, although as I am out of the country till December 11th, I seem to miss a lot of them. Boo!!
Alas, if you are struggling with gift ideas, remember my new single "Someone" is released on the 15th December. A great gift for all the family, believe!!
In my quest to get things sorted in my diary before the big off, I noticed something alarming - The amount of weddings I have to go to next year! Seriosuly, I know I said I would be releasing a lot of music in 2015 but I am being comprimised by the amount of friggin weddings to attend!
Ok, it's three, but melodrama aside, it's a lot when you consider that is also 3 stagg do's. And these weddings are never low key, cool affairs anymore. Oh no, heaven forbid! (personally I blame this "Heaven" place for a lot of this marriage business!)
People now EXPECT you to take a friggin holiday for them. Twice! One for the stagg and one for the wedding.
Don't get me wrong, those people that decide a dated, fusty old institution is exactly how they want to celebrate their love is fine by me. However, do not impede on my life. What about the folk like myself who are not beleivers in the whole marriage thing. I don't force people to use up their holiday time and spend their cash on coming to an expensive venue before expecting them to also buy me a gift!
Sorry, I'm not against love. For me it's nothing to do with love in my eyes anymore. Believe it or not, I'm a romantic when all is said and done. I write a lot of songs about it. I believe wholeheartedly in love and there is nothing better than actually being in love. But spending upwards of £20,000 on a day event, where those invited have to comprimise a lot and are made to feel bad if they do not fully want to go along with it, can afford it, have other more interesting holidays to take!
And I understand that a big party where both families and friends can get together is great, beautiful even. So fine, do that. But why the lavish expense for all involved? Why not hire a big room and invite all those nearest and dearest. Unless I am invited and everything is covereed for me I cannot see the argument for these events I'm afraid.
But good luck to you all. I do hope you have a wonderful, special day, believe!!
Sorry, could you speak up? A little louder. OK try this ear!
Yes, what a morning it is. I went to bed feeling like shit because of this jungle detox diet I am on (see previous posts) and I have awoken to have a slight ear infection! Not the best of times.
I don't think I have had an ear infection since I was a bout 8 years old! Adults do get them, right? I haven't regressed to my 8 year old self have I, like some sort of 'Zany' eighties film?!
Either way, it is typical that it happens now, a few days before I head to the Amazon jungle and drink plants!
I have a feeling that it is because I have had my earphones in all day and actually fell asleep in them. I just hope it rights itself pretty damn soon, because I fly on Thursday! Does anyone have any remedies for this sort of thing? I am open to all suggestions!
With the fact I go away on thursday in mind, I should mention that Wednesday will be the last blog day for three weeks so if you haven't already, follow me on Facebook (facebook.com/markmathewssong) as this will be the only place updated whilst I am away, believe!!
I found this great little interview with the Chief himself, Mr Noel Gallagher and once again he is being his irreverent, funny self. Even if you dislike his music (though I bet there is at least one tune you like of his!) you cannot deny this mans personality.
His point about buying music instead of expensive coffees is a really important one. Music has become so throw away that people now consider it worthless. With the advent of downloads and a product that cannot be sold on, like records or CD's could, there is now a real sense of entitlement and a "Why should I have to pay for music?"
Well, here's a few reasons why I think it is important to pay for music:
It took a lot of time and effort to learn the skills in order to write a song. If you study to become a mechanic you are rewarded with payment for your services when they are used. The same should be said for muscians and song writers.
Equipment does not come free - Guitars, pianos, decks, computer programmes, strings, plectrums. Everything has to be bought.
Rehearsal space costs money
Time in the studio to record the product costs a hell of a lot of money
Artwork, music videos, promotion etc costs a lot of money
All of the above are reasons alone to decide to buy music and support artsits. It has become all too popular to get free music, no one wants to buy it anymore but if you consider the above then maybe you can see why it is worth it.
However, the most important reason to be buying music is to support the band/act/artist, that you love dearly. The one that speaks to you, that makes you feel good about yourself, answers questions makes you feel less alone in the world. By buying their music they can continue to do just that - Write music that means something.
I don't think any musician is under the illusion that they will become millionaires anymore. It's not the 70's or 90's, where the fur coats, cocaine addiction and Rolls Royces ran free. But what we do try to do is carve a career for ourselves so as we can carry on making music that we believe to be good and rightous and hopefully others do too.
So, if this has stirred you up below is a link where you can buy my back catalogue (!), believe!
Dance To Tipperary Greatest Hits is avalibale to pre-order now on iTunes and Amazon. The Greatest Hits album features 25 tracks including all of the biggest hit singles, fan favouites and other top downloads.
Just three chords used and it is one of the most hauntingly, beautiful tracks he's recorded. Maybe it's because I'm teaching myself to play the piano, but I find the simplicity and the sparseness of the track to be so awe inspiring, especially when it kicks in at the end and a wonderfully positive guitar solo kicks in.
The production values as well are second to none, with a real difference between the level and fullness of the sound in the start and when the strings and drums come in.
Thanks for stopping by. I would like to offer you something to eat or drink, but essentially all I have is rice and water, so unless you want that...oh you don't...right. Awkward!
Don't worry I'm not talking complete nonsense, I'm just on a crazy detox before my trip to the Amazon jungle to drink some plants! (See previous blog if you are still unclear with what I am talking about)
I have to say if this detox is anything to go by, they don't make you feel ANY better. I'm feeling and looking much worse than when I was consuming alcohol, caffeine, sugar and all that other lovely stuff!
Alas, this has not stopped me from pushing on further with plans for the next year and I had a very productive and successful meeting last night with some Producers who are keen to get me in the studio and record my next EP! Their enthusiasm really rubbed off on me and I cannot wait to get in the studio and start work now!
The thing is I need to really pin down the tunes I want to do. I have pretty much decided on two (one classic and one new one) but I still have tons that from one day to the next I keep changing my mind about. If anyone wants to get in contact and recommend a tune of mine you've heard me play live, or maybe you've liked a demo I've posted on youtube orr similar, please do get in contact!
Happy Birthday...to all of you born on November 12th! If not, well, have a happy day anyway!
After a massively hectic past week, I managed to get a bit of "Mark" time last night and played a bit of piano before passing out good and proper and getting a full nights sleep! I feel full of beans, although these are not coffee beans.
Oh no, as much as I would like to have a lovely strong cup of coffee, I am currently on an Ayahuasca diet. Within a week I will be flying to Peru to drink this Shamens drink and drift off to an alternative reality!
I have been told to cut out most things I enjoy - Caffeine, salt, sugar and sex!
I just hope it is worth it!
So, I am the cleanest living musician aside from Chris Martin, these days!
With the above in mind, I will be away from blogging duties, performances, recording and talking nonsense whilst I am away in the Amazon. The only thing that will be updated on a daily basis is my Facebook account so do add me - markmathewsmusic
Anyway, I'll be here till Thursday next week, so there are still some daily blogs to go until we close up for a few weeks, believe!!
BIG THANKS to the enthusiastic folks that came out this past weekend to our show at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz. We love you all for it!
THIS Friday, 11/14: We are back at SLIM’S in San Francisco, with very special guests (all the way from Fresno): STEALING NICKS (Tribute to Stevie Nicks). We have been looking forward to this show for quite awhile. It's gonna be a night of "Rock n Roll Thievery” at one of SF’s best live music venues. This is sure to be one of the best shows of the year and definitely NOT one to miss! Get your tickets in advance NOW HERE.
Stay tuned for some new show announcements for 2015 coming SOON.
"Look at me Mama I'm makin' some noise."
-PT aka Dan, Django, Bagel, Monroe, Michael and Mike
You find me on route to a shoot at 3 Mills and by that I mean stuck in traffic in the Blackwall tunnel. It's 6:30am and cold outside, so I am very grateful for my comfy car and driver and snug heating pumping out fake warmth. Ahhhhh!
Anyway, as I have been closing my eyes and having a wee snooze, my driver has been listening to that Bastiaan of radio stations - Magic FM! All the "hits" have been played and have aided me in my journey into sleepy land - a cacophony of generic beats and pop lyrics.
But then what should make my brain suddenly switch on and take note? What new tune is so fresh sounding that I have to wake up and take note?
It's only the Fab Four!
Yes, by being placed amongst the similar sounding pop tunes of today, I am once again reminded of the sheer brilliance of John, Paul, George and Ringo! The tune I am hearing is "Help" and it sounds so interesting, so exciting and so ground breaking compared to everything else, and this is 50 odd years on from it's release!
An incredible feat, an incredible band and proof if ever there need be, that pop music needs to be shaken up, believe!!
We always enjoy our Sunday afternoon visits to the Victoria Vaults and yesterdays gig was no exception. Thanks you to all for the great support and kind words. We look forward to playing again on 28th December.
How y'all keeping? Counting the days to Christmas or dreading the time that Christmas will come round?! Because yeah, it is that freaking near!!
Anyway, I've bene utilising these final weeks of 2014 and over the weekend, as you know I did some recording. It was good fun and nice to be back in the studio because it is helping me piece together the tracks that are going to work for next years EP.
The EP that follows on from the one I release in February of course! Oh yes, 2015 shall be a year of many musical tunes, scribed by oneself!!
I also popped into the wonderful Croydon Radio studios to have a chat and a bit of a sing-song with Glenn Lawrence. Croydon radio have been a big supporter of my music and so it was a pleasure to popmin and have a chat.
I'll make it available in the coming days for those that missed it, believe!
***The following is a personal essay from Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son rhythm guitarist Jon Alba***
It's funny how much can be accomplished in such a short period of time.
When we began our trip up to Canada, the second in 2014, Bobby looked at me and asked if I ever thought we'd be on a festival bill in Canada four years ago. The reality? Absolutely not.
As many are aware, the band started as a part-time thing. It was meant for one gig, maybe a couple. To think we'd be able to take it any measure beyond that is odd to think about. But to do two mini-Ontario tours in one year? No way.
We were very fortunate to be part of what is a very special annual event for the first time as a unit. For those unaware, Light of Day Canada generates funds through a series of concerts featuring some of the best live acts in the business, with the money going towards Parkinson's Disease research. It's a win-win for all involved, whether on the stage, in front of it or in organization. When we got the call to come open up the shows, it was a no-brainer.
Rather than give a typical show-by-show report, I figured it may be interesting to go through each show from our personal perspective and detail just how special this past weekend was. There wasn't a night I got to sleep before 4 a.m., but every single bit of it was worth it. And here's why.
After a multi-day drive, we reached Niagara Falls only to hitch a bus to Toronto for the first set of shows, originally slated to be the last show at the legendary El Mocambo. The bus ride featured all of those involved in the shows, including John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band, Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers, Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan, among many others. Rather than close our eyes for the ride, we wanted to know the stories of these entities, how they got where they were. I'm the oldest member in the band at the slender age of 21, there was plenty to learn.
As a journalist-in-training (that's my real job, at least), I found their stories to be incredibly captivating. While Bobby hears a lot of them from time to time, it was my personal first glimpse at where these great acts came from, both personally and professionally. D'Urso spent time in my shoes working towards a career in television. Jeffrey "Joffo" Simmons of the Houserockers grew up alongside Willie Stargell's children amidst the run of the "We Are Family" Pittsburgh Pirates of 1979.
Of course, the musical advice was thrown in and appreciated significantly, but for me, it's those stories that are just as interesting.
The last time the band was in Toronto, turnout was a bit lower than expected. But this time, in what was intended to be the venue's final show, that would be far from the case. Hundreds (well over the capacity of the club) packed the floor to witness the sendoff for a venue that had hosted acts like the Rolling Stones, Stevie Ray Vaughn and others - but tonight, the Seventh Son would be the one etching its name into the walls.
We played that show like our life depended on it. Twenty-five consecutive minutes of heart-racing, sweat-inducing rock n' roll (I use those adjectives because that's sure as hell what it felt like on the stage). The crowd at the Elmo was perhaps the best of the three shows, and fed us back the energy we needed to get things kicked off right. Danny Gochnour of the Houserockers and Eddie Manion of E Street Band fame joined us for our final tune, and as a music fan and enthusiast, time seemed to stop for me. It was a moment on stage I'll never forget, and I, alongside the rest of the band, cannot thank them enough for making something special happen.
Photo courtesy: Jeff Ross
Thankfully, the club was saved at the 11th hour, by Canadian billionaire Michael Wekerle. We were thrilled to see Wekerle enjoy our set, and even posed for a couple pictures with him afterwards (alongside throwing him a copy of Friends in Low Places, of course).
1. Teenagers Too
2. Hit The Town
3. Danger Dan
5. Another Deadbeat Summer
As we returned to Niagara close to 5 a.m., we then awoke for lunch with the whole gang. It was during this lunch I was able to grasp a real appreciation for one person in particular.
Joining LOD Canada this year was Pat Travers, a musical journeyman who has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry throughout his career. Travers, like myself, is a hard rock enthusiast, and the framework of his playing indicates pure brilliance through power chords and note intricacy. During lunch, we struck up conversation with him, as he would go into stories about AC/DC (one of the primary influences of Bobby's and mine), super-producer Mutt Lange among other topics. The experiences were great to hear about, but the next day, Travers would treat us to an intimate conversation about the inner-workings of the guitar, and how he goes about tackling it every time he picks it up.
Bobby, the band and myself in particular cannot be more lucky to have gotten a chance to just absorb that information and knowledge. Simply incredible. And he kicked ass as well on stage.
Nonetheless, Friday brought the Niagara show to the Greg Frewin Theatre. I was fortunate enough to be joined by my old podcasting buddy Tanner Kish, who was able to catch the band for the first time.
This show was about as special of a Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son show you'll ever see. The theater, intimate in its own fashion, set the scene for the first ever (and long-rehearsed) full band performance of "Guilden Street." The song was done in honor of LOD Niagara figureheard David Rotella, who has been (alongside his son Evan) an incredible supportor of the band.
Photo courtesy: Felicia McIntosh
I cannot accurately describe the feeling starting the show off with that C-chord in a silent theater. I rarely get nervous before a show, but I had butterflies. But I'm thrilled with how the song received new life, as the band showed up to bring it.
"Scoundrels" followed suit, and in what may have been the best performance the song has ever had, brought a sort of electricity to the room. I'm not sure I've ever had so much fun on one song in any show I've been a part of with this band as that one. The band was locked-in. Even though it was a shorter set, Niagara brought one of the most intense stage experiences we have had to date.
1. Guilden Street
4. Another Deadbeat Summer
Photo courtesy: Felicia McIntosh
After another late night, we woke up to head laterally across Ontario towards Kingston, an acoustic set with Bobby and myself. Bobby and I are the lone remaining members of the original Seventh Son lineup, it all goes back to the two of us.
It's for that reason I find it hard, no matter what my own personal schedule be, to pass up doing a duet performance.
The BluMartini played perfect host to the short set we pumped out, which, in a fitting manner, began with "Worrisome Child." It's a song we can play in our sleep, but there's almost a primal feeling still every single time when we get to the solo, one Bobby rips to shreds with his distortion. In that moment, we play back to what we are at our root: The lead and the rhythm.
Kingston was receptive to the rest of the set, and we stuck around to show our fellow musicians the respect we have for them and thanking them for embracing our presence on the leg.
1. Worrisome Child
3. Another Deadbeat Summer
The reality is, I'm not entirely sure how much time I have left in this band with the real world quickly approaching me. But I wanted to take the time to write this to show my sheer gratification I have for all of those who have given us an opportunity to, even if for just a weekend, pretend to actually be rock stars. We as a band, and as people, embraced every minute of it.
And then there was the time Vinny "Big Pussy" Pastore made me look up his movies upon his request.
I speak on behalf of the band when I say a major special thanks to Gord and Ginette, without whom the shows would not have run. Gord is an incredible music mind who I never get tired of hearing stories from, and Ginette is one of the sweetest people you'll ever run into. Another thanks as well again to David Rotella for genuinely getting behind everything we do. A shoutout also goes to the rest of the LOD Canada crew, including Tony Serra and Sam Grasso, for making all of this happen.
And of course, all the best to the man behind it all, Mr. Bob Benjamin.
As far as the musicians and people, there is no one better. Whether it's Danny and his Bobby Mahoney-hating/loving significant other Jamie, Joe D'Urso, "Mr. Lou" DeMartino, our superfans who made the trips just to see us, or anyone else, we cannot thank you enough for letting us be a part of something this special. We were humbled to be around musicians and individuals with as much passion as you guys.
I am not sure if I will ever get to be a part of something this special ever again. But all I can say is, I sure hope it's just around the corner...
I'm up at the crack of dawn again! Not only would God not be too happy about this work on the sabbath, but the music lords surely would have something to say about a front man being up so early on a Sunday! Unless of course, it was because I hadn't been to bed since Saturday...
...which is sadly not the case this time!
Anyway, I got studio time booked so like it or lump it, new music has to be made. I spent yesterday demoing what I plan to demo today!
So, I'm all set! And quite frankly, raring to get back into the studio and losing myself in the production side of things again.
So, looks like the 2015 plans are well under way, believe!!