Whooooa.. so where did I leave off? I can't remember. But one
thing is for sure, we've got a lot of catching up to do.
Monday, July 5th
We had three days off in a row so we decided to drive down to
New York City and check out what was going on down there. We stayed
at my good friend Josh Itano's apartment in the Bronx, NY. After we
parked the van, G, Nick, Troy, and I all took the subway down to
Manhattan to check out Times Square. I had never been to NYC and
neither had Nick, so we were pretty amped to see everything in
We bummed around Times Square for a while, grabbed some food,
and headed back up to the Bronx to get some sleep for our recording
session the next day.
Tuesday, July 6
So, it's 10:00am on Tuesday morning, we were all up until
like 3:30am the night before, I'm the bad guy, waking everyone up..
and I start to realize how difficult it is going to be to get
everyone and their gear down to the recording studio in Manhattan.
We had set up a session for 12 noon at Skyline Studios, recommended
by my former teacher, Peter Erskine, and it takes almost an hour to
get from the subway station in the Bronx to where we need to go.
I'm thinking "ok, so we need to walk a mile to Fordham
University to get the stuff out of the car, then walk a mile to the
subway station with cymbals, snare, kick drum petal, a bass.. ,
then we need to walk from the subway station to the recording
studio.. oh S#&*! It's 10:30 already?"
I figured out that there was no way we were going to make it
on time so the only option was to get a cab. Josh, my friend who we
were staying with, suggested we get a "gypsy" cab because they're
more likely to just give you a flat rate that is usually lower than
the yellow cabs in NYC. Sounded pretty sketchy to me, the guy
didn't have a meter on the dash or anything, no papers.. they all
just drive these lincoln town cars and you just ask them "how much"
Anyway, we made it to the studio just in time and got to work
immediately. We recorded a bunch of new material that will be
released on our next album.
That's all for now.. I will definitely write more later.
Right now we are getting ready to go up to Boulder, CO to hand out
some fliers on Pearl St. for our show tomorrow night at The Lazy
Wow, last time I wrote was back in Appleton, WI. Now we are
in upstate New York at Patrick's house.. we have a lot of catching
up to do. Here we go!
Friday, June 25th
We drove up to Neenah, WI and stopped at my mom's house for a
quick bite to eat, a shower, and then it was off to Red and White
for the gig. G, our singer, was kind of surprised at the venue
because it isn't really a "venue" at all, mainly just a wine bar
and a wine retail shop. So, it's kind of a weird place for us to
play, but it always ends up getting crazy in there. It's like, you
walk in and think that no one is going to want to hear anything
loud, but by the second set, people were moving the tables to the
side and opening up the dance floor. It was really fun to see
family and friends gettin down.
Saturday, June 26th
We spent most of the day Saturday just resting and
recuperating from our time on the road (and some heavy after-show
partying!). We headed up to Green Bay for the next gig on the
schedule at a bar called IQ's. It was actually my first time ever
playing in Green Bay, which is the actually the city I was born in.
We played a monster first set (around 2 and a half hours) and came
on to do a later set to close out the night. We met a lot of great
people up in GB and are already setting up gigs there for the
Sunday, June 27th
We had the day off on Sunday and Schroedes was flying back to
Green Bay, so Troy and I decided to go over to Krolls, right across
from Lambeau Field where the Packers play, to grab some
cheeseburgers and a brewski before picking him up. Later on in the
day, we had a BBQ over at my neighbor, Alex Moede's house.
Monday, June 28th
Monday wasn't really too exciting.. We drove down to
Lafayette, IN to stay over at Troy's house and had a little
party/ping pong tournament when we got down there. Troy's mom also
had a huge feast of lasagna and spaghetti waiting for us right when
we showed up. Definitely some of the best hospitality we've seen so
far. We have been joking that the moms on this tour are going to
start competing with each other for the best meals/hospitality of
the tour. I'm still not sure who's in the lead, we've had some of
the best accommodations on this tour so far.
Tuesday, June 29th
On Tuesday we went over to Troy's friend's house and set up
our gear for the house party happening later that night. The places
was right by Purdue University in West Lafayette. Troy's friend was
a swimmer/diver and had a pool in his back yard. Here's a video of
him jumping off his roof into the pool (like 4ft deep!).
The house party was fun and we met a lot of cool people who
go to Purdue. One of Troy's friends came up to us, apparently he
said he name was "Milf"(??).., and he kept on talking about this
gift he was wanted to give us when we dropped him off later that
night. When we got to his house he ran inside and brought out an
American Music Award from 1990. It was Favorite Artist award for
Guns and Roses in the Heavy Metal category. LOL.. WHAT?!? I guess
he said it was for inspiration.. his uncle was once connected to
G&R back in the day. Wow, talk about RANDOM!!
Wednesday, June 30th
The next morning we woke up to another amazing meal prepared
by Troy's mom before taking off to Chicago, IL for the next show.
When we got to Chi-town, we stopped at Schroedes' roommate's
parent's house which was conveniently right near the venue and they
treated us to some Chicago deep-dish pizza for dinner. It was G's
first time ever eating Chicago deep-dish:
Da Bears.. Da Bulls..
Thursday, July 1st
On Thursday we woke up to yet another breakfast buffet feast
at the Kovacs residence in Chicago before taking off for the next
show. We headed off to Detroit, MI where we were staying with my
old roommate at his parent's house in the suburbs outside the city.
When we got to the venue, the sound guy had pretty much no
idea what he was doing, so Troy kind of took over and the guy
eventually left. The first band (which was a local group), didn't
really bring in any people which was kind of a bummer, but luckily
my current roommate, Kyle Rambeau--who actually set up the gig for
us, told a bunch of his friends to come out and we had a nice crowd
for our 2 sets later in the evening.
Friday, July 2nd
The next day we drove down to Detroit and checked out
downtown, then we headed over to Belle Isle and just relaxed by the
water overlooking the Detroit skyline. After that, we packed up and
headed out towards our next destination: New York!
By 4am we were finally to Buffalo, NY, but no one had any
idea of where we were going to stay.. so of course I was the one
who had to do the dirty work and find a hotel for us to stay at..
nice planning guys! I'm starting to realize that I can't really
leave travel planning up to the band.. oops!! ;)
Saturday, July 3rd
On our way from Buffalo to Albany, we stopped at Niagara
Falls to check out the scenery.. and WOW was it beautiful!
After Niagara we continued on to Patrick's house in
Niskayuna, NY and stayed the night.
Sunday, July 4th
Happy 4th of July everyone! Just sitting at Patrick's house
right now getting ready to head up to Lake George, NY for our show
today. It looks like we'll be in New York City tomorrow and will
stay until Thursday when we play in Boston at The Middle East
Upstairs with the band Biscuits and Gravy.
On Monday morning we left Lincoln, NE and made it to
Minneapolis around 6:00. We had a little basketball match at
Schroedes' house and then headed over to IPR for a recording
session with our sound engineer, Troy Watson (who also has a blog:
We came up with 2 new tunes in the studio and didn't end up leaving
The next day we had a show at 'Honey' in Minneapolis which
was a last-minute show that was set up by Troy. The venue was in
the basement and had a really cool vibe. Here is a video and a link
to a facebook video from the show that night:
We had the day off on Wednesday so we took the van in to be
fixed and is now running great. After that we went over to John's
cousin's place and had a little BBQ session.
On Thursday we drove to Madison for our show at The
University of Wisconsin's Union Terrace with The Wood Brothers. We
stopped over at Patrick's brother's house in Madison to meet up
with guitarist Kelvin Kaspar who will be filling in for Schroeder
for the dates he will be missing (John plays with Franky Valli and
The Four Seasons if you didn't know..)
Thursday was actually a pretty crazy day for us.. G was
supposed to have a flight into Madison, WI at around 3:30pm, but it
was Thursday morning and he still didn't have his confirmation
email from the person who bought him the ticket. So anyway, he was
trying to get a hold of this dude who was in London and finally
found out that no one ever booked the ticket for him. He said the
only flight he could find was into Milwaukee, WI at 4:30, so I
figured that was a little out of the way, but it would work. When G
called me back he told me that there was only one ticket left and
it had already been booked. SO... he said the only option left was
for him to fly into Milwaukee at 9:25pm.
I called my friend Alex Moede who actually helped book the
gig at the UW Union Terrace and asked if he could pick him up.. it
was like we were in the movie "Get him to the Greek".
So anyway, it came to 11:00pm and we were all set up and
ready to go, but G wasn't quite there yet.. so we started with
"Alabama Slamma" and G got there towards the end of the tune. We
rocked the rest of the show and the crowd had some serious energy.
If it wasn't for the strict curfew at the Union Terrace we would
have probably played all night, people were chanting for "one more
song" over and over again.
Overall, Thursday was probably the most stressful day for me
so far with all the setbacks and stuff, but everything came
together in the end and we had a great show.
I can't believe we're only on show #4 tonight in Appleton, WI
at Red & White. I can't wait to see what each and every show
from here on out brings. So far the tour has been amazing, each
show the band is sounding tighter and tighter.
That's all for now.. we've got a ton of pics and videos, but
haven't been able to upload them or edit any of the video yet.
The tour has gotten off to a pretty crazy start. We stayed an
extra day in Los Angeles to watch the Lakers win the national
championships. G and I went downtown that night and got wild in the
streets with everyone else. I'll post some pictures and videos
In Las Vegas, we noticed that there was something wrong with
the van. We pulled over and called the rental place and it turns
out that our "turbo" is failing. So, any time we pull over, we have
to restart the vehicle and then it restarts the turbo.
Our first stop was in Beaver, UT to camp for the night. We
rolled into this campsite and that's when I realized that I had
forgotten an essential item for the tour: my air mattress.. DAMN! I
ended up sleeping in the van and everyone else slept outside on the
ground without tents. I think they got some bug bites..
On Saturday, we were traveling from Beaver, UT to Denver, CO
on the 70 freeway, when out of the corner of my eye I see this
motorcycle come up next to us.. we're in the left lane, he's in the
right lane.. then he takes both hands off and pulls down his
t-shirt. Then, he looks back and puts one hand on his handle bars
and turns back to signal to his buddy. The other motorcycle must
have been coming too fast up towards his buddy, because all of the
sudden, the second motorcycle runs into the back of the lead bike
and crashes.. right next to our van, and his bike skids across the
highway right in front of us. Patrick was driving and he slammed on
the brakes. We pulled off on an exit and called 911. Man, that was
a close call!!
So anyway, we just made it to Denver at the last minute for
load-in and soundcheck at Quixote's and played a show there. It was
pretty crazy, we met this band called Antioquia who we are randomly
playing a show with in Chicago at Reggie's Music Joint.
We're in Denver, CO right now, just about to leave for
Lincoln, NE. We aren't playing a show there, just staying with a
friend. After that, we're driving to Minneapolis, MN for a
recording session with our sound engineer, Troy Watson, at IPR.
I'll have another update on here in a couple days and will
try to post some pictures and videos when we get to our next stop.
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