Another one bites the dust. Last night we
played the last show ever at Studio 315, which is (or I should say,
was) this amazing teen center/ community center where they had all ages
shows. It also had tons of amazing art hanging everywhere that
was obviously created on location. There were shelves and shelves
of art supplies everywhere for people to drop in and use. Brushes,
paints, pastels, canvas.. EVERYTHING.
What do you do when your community has a safe,
drug and alcohol free place for kids to go and socialize and actively
participate in the arts? SHUT IT DOWN! SHUT IT DOWN quickly before a
local kid realizes he/she is gifted and can paint and draw in a way
that makes their bleak town seem promising. SHUT IT DOWN before
some other young local punk finds his/her voice behind a microphone and
a guitar and gets the idea into their snotty arrogant heads that they
can fight their way to a better life through creativity and music
rather than trudging through the local factory's assembly line. SHUT IT
DOWN before someone else gets practical experience booking shows and
promoting and organizing events. These are NOT skills that we
want the future leaders of our communities to have. Plus, there
is a great danger here that kids will be exposed to traveling artist
from all over the country, and even potentially (God Forbid!) OTHER
countries. We can't have this happen. But most of all, SHUT
IT DOWN before the kids get a chance to interact with each other in a
safe, healthy, supportive environment. The foundation of a healthy
community is a community where teens are isolated and kept apart.
A healthy psyche and a firm base in reality are built by hours of
sitting alone watching television and playing video games in your
room.. not by going to some community center where you are forced to
speak and interact with real human beings.
Anyway, those are just a few of my ideas for
building a brighter future for our kids and our community. Good luck!
The show last night was really fun. I wish I
could come back there sometime and play again.
April 26th, 2007
It's been a few days since I've written anything
because this tour is just flying by. I can't believe there's just
a few more shows. So many things have happened since my last post..
Let's see.. We stayed at a house that had an alligator.. Rick's car got
totaled in Indianna.. I guess not that many interesting things
have happened. Tonight we're in Indiana. I've got to say it
feels good to be back in the mid-west, even though the weather has
taken a turn for the worse again. It's raining here in Grand
Rapids and it's freakin cold too. We had a stretch of
unbelievably nice weather on the east coast. It was absolutely
beautiful in Long Island when we were there, and has been shorts
weather for the last week or so. Oh yeah!
April 20th, 2007
Forgot to mention, I played with "Math the Band"
in Windsor the other night, and it was the best show I've seen in a
LONG time. So fun. I hope I get to play more shows with him
in the future. I had Perma-grin for the whole night.
Had fun in Lowell tonight too. I'm a little too
sleepy to keep typing though. It's 2:15 AM and we have to get up
at 8:30 for a radio show. Good night, 'yall.
April 19th, 2007
The show last night in Windsor was a weird
one. It turned out really well.. but kind of strange. I
went PA-less, and it was going ok, for about a song, and then a bunch
of people started talking over me along the wall, and it became
impossible to introduce any songs and really distracting, so I got
everyone that was paying attention to follow me downstairs and sit down
on the floor. That turned the show around for me, and it was
really fun that a bunch of people followed me and sat around a parking
cone and pretended that it was a campfire while I played Monster
songs. A few songs into the downstairs set, when the nice people
who were talking over my upstairs set realized that the party had
moved, they came downstairs and talked over me some more. Thanks
Guys! Oh well. The show was acually really fun, and it was
Rick's Birthday and some really nice people made him a cake.
Delicious! We stayed at the promoter's house and played wii
sports till we could barely stand up. Thanks Chris!
Rick and I slept in the basement, and there was a beeping smoke
detector, but luckily I had an extra 9 volt.
April 18th, 2007
Last night we played at the Trocodero in the heart
of China Town in Philly. What a turnaround from the Wilkes-Barre
show. There was a great crowd, and the balcony club has an
absolutely perfect setup for solo shows. The stage is kind of
tiny, and everyone is kind of packed into a small area. It was
super fun, and felt good to be playing at a well known club and be on
the calendar flyer with big bands like Son Volt and Fountains of Wayne.
Rick came up and played a couple songs with me for the first time this
tour, and it went really well.
We're on our way to the first Connecticut
show. We drove past NYC today. Wish we were playing in the
city this tour. At least we get to rock out on Long Island on
Sat. Looking forward to that one. Go go go! 11 more
April 17th, 2007
I'm on the Penna Turnpike and there's snow on the
ground. It's April 17th! Crazy. When we were in New
Jersey, it rained so hard there was flooding and lots of the roads were
closed. The Rick Johnson Rock N' Roll Machine and I are playing in
Philladelphia tonight at the Trocodero. I've been looking forward
to tonight's show for a while.
I've been on tour for a week now. So far so
good. All the shows in New York were great.. Buffalo, Syracuse,
Albany, Circleville.. then the Weather hit along with the Sunday/monday
night combo in New Jersey and Wilkes-Barre.
So, last night in Wilkes-Barre we actually had
ZERO people come to the show. Ouch. It litterally was just Me,
Rick, the sound guy, the door guy, and three out of the four guys that
played in the opening band. I don't think that's ever happened to
me in almost 20 years of playing shows! Oh well. Better deays
I should follow that story up with something
positive. We stayed off of Exit 8 in New Jersey at my friend
Jerk-face's house. Let me start out by saying that Jerk-face is a
true genius. I think you need to be to have a name like
Jerk-face. So we go out for breakfast together, and he orders the
most amazing combo of food that I've ever witnessed. First, he orders
Chocolate Chip Pancakes. Then, he gets the smoked salmon, and
washes the whole thing down with an apple Martini! Some people
just really know how to LIVE! Amazing. That breakfast will
be an inspiration for years to come.
Other highlights of the tour so far include
walking across the bridge to the Canada side of Niagara falls at 1 AM
in the freezing rain to try to get a glimpse of the falls through the
fog. It was my first time to the falls. WOW!
Huge-o-mongus! I can't wait to come back during the day.
Feb 26th, 2007
I'm sittting at gate 61 in Gatwick airport waiting
for my flight back to the States. I'm about an hour early, but
there's only about four other people at this gate. Could this
flight possibly be this empty? That would rock. Anyway, I've got
a little bit of time, so I'll catch up on the rest of the tour diary.
Kingston- The Peel
So getting to Kingston on the train from Newcastle
was a little tricky, but not too bad. The train to Newcastle
stops in King's Cross, then you have to take a couple tube trains and
work your way over to another station, and then catch the train to
Kingston. When I fially got to Kingston station, I walked out,
and really had no idea where I was going. The map I had was
really bad, and didn't have the station on it, so I just trusted my gut
and started walking. Somehow, I wound up walking right to the
club. A true miracle!
I actually got there before anyone was there, so I
sat on the front step of the club and read my book for a while.
I'm reading a book right now caleed "The Donkey Show" that my
friend Jerm gave me. I'm about half way into it, and so far it's
really great. It takes place in New Orleans, and it paints a
sometimes gritty, sometimes exciting picture of New Orleans that is
pretty similar to the one I've experienced on my many trips through
there with MU330. Highly recommended!
The Kingston show was one of the best turnouts of
the tour. The Peel was pretty well packed. I played with King
Blues who I'd met earlier this tour in Bristol, and the Darts. For my
last song, King Blues joined me with a couple extra acoustic guitars, a
uke, and lots of backing vocals for "Set Sail." We played it down on
the floor surrounded by people. It was a great way to end the
set. King Blues was really great. I have a feeling
that if they stick together, they're going to be huge the next time I
come back to the UK.
The Darts were really great too. They
reminded me of my friend's band in St. Louis, "So Many Dynamos."
Sometimes catchy, kind of mathy, w/ some instrument switching and lots
of cowbells and hand-clapping. They're a really fun band live.
Got to hang out with Jon a bit from Gravity Dip,
who released "Sweets, Meats, and Eyeballs", a double album UK
release. He's a super nice guy and always gets loads of food for
the bands. Bands eat well at the Peel!
After the show I went to the brightest convenience
store I've ever been in. If you live in Kingston, you know the
one I'm talking about. There's so many lights in the place that
it's just absolutely blinding when you walk in from the outside.
I still don't really understand why that's necessary. It's pretty
Jon and his friends Sarah and Skye and another
friend (who I can't remember his name.. (let's call him "funny,
obnoxious, drunk friend who dominated the poker table") went back to
Sarah and Skye's house to play texas hold 'em. It was really fun,
actually, but I bet too aggressively, and drunk friend was not buying
it. It's too bad really, because I think had he been sober, he
totally would have folded on at least one hand, and I was totally
bluffing and wound up losing all of my chips. Thankfully we were
just playing with gravity dip flyers for chips, and we didn't really
put any real money in.
Big Thank you's to Sarah and Skye for letting me
sleep on their couch and for making me loads of toast. They even
helped me sort out my train times and walked me to the bus
OK, so I'm sitting on the floor at the airport in
order to be close to an outlet, and this guy just drove one of those
airport elecric carts right towards me. He was backing up and not
watching where he was going, and the hallway is narrow, so he was
headed right for my feet, and as I readjusted how I was sitting at the
last min. to avoid him rolling over my foot, my laptop slipped out of
my lap and slid right under his tire. The screen was litteraly 3 inches
from being smushed by the tire. Yikes!
The Flying Marrow House- Battle
The 23rd was my one day off this tour, so I took
the train to Battle (Near Hastings) where my good buddies the Flying
Marrows live. I've toured with them a number of times, and on top
of being an amazing band they are amazing people w/ an equally amazing
family. Anytime I'm in England, I try to make it to the Marrow's
house. It was extra fun because Em came up from Brighton to hang
out that afternoon too.
We spent the day mostly inside due to the rain and
wind, but that just meant we got to play more music. They played
loads of their new songs, and I played them my new ones, and we talked
about their visit to CA, and ate one delicious meal after
another. I think I had aproimately 30 cups of tea over a 24 hour
period. At one point Gully presented me with a list of 14 different
kinds of tea that they had in the cabinet! Unbelievable. They
have the best little black pup too, named Sheena.. and she definitely
IS a punk-rocker. She's really sweet, and reminds me a lot of Elliott,
my own little black pig in Santa Cruz.
I spent the night in the Marrow living room next
to a slow burning coal fire, and had the best sleep I've had the whole
tour. It really was a perfect day off.
The next day, we ate more delicious home cooked
meals, drank more delicious hot tea, and played more music. Whay
can't every day be like stopping at the Marrow house on tour?!?!
I learned 6 Marrows songs, and they decided to have me play with them
their whole set for the next show in Preston Park. We worked up a
load of new stuff, and of course their classic, Reggae Sounds.
Brighton- Engine Rooms
After a brief afternoon recording session in the
Marrows backyard studio, Bill and Ben gave me a ride to Brighton, and
dropped me of at the Engine Rooms, where I was opening for the Epoxies.
Feb 25th, 2007
I'm on Sydney Street in Brighton at some pub that
has free wifi. Today is the last day of my tour. I'm
playing at the Station w/ The Flying Marrows, POG, WOB, and Evil
Sting. I fly out Monday afternoon. I can't believe
it's already almost over! I need to go back and write about the
last couple shows, but my laptop's battery is about to die, and I can't
find an outlet, and I really should be out enjoying my time here
instead of staring at this computer screen! I'll post more
Feb 22nd, 2007
I'm on the train from Newcastle to Kingston.
This is the longest train ride of the tour, and it only comes out to
about 4 1/2 hours. Not so bad. I'm so used to super long
drives in the States. Relaxing!
Newcastle- The Telegraph
Last night's show might have been the best of the
tour so far. Anthony has been doing shows for me in Newcastle for
a long time now, and he always seems to get it right. The room we
played in was a tiny upstairs bar w/ a little PA that was perfect for
the room. This was a really intimate and fun show. Lots of
requests and more improvised monster songs! This time actually a
few improvised songs.. One about Godzilla, then another one about some
worm w/ teeth, and some football player w/ a crooked nose.
I was super excited that my friends Jeffa and
Hutch came out from Sunderland. The first time I met them was in
96 when MU330 first came to the UK. They're old buddies with
MU330's first UK van driver, the famous Mr. Erland Rump. Wound up
staying at Hutch's house. Another really fun, late night. Really
great to catch up with old friends.
The show at the Peel in Kingston tonight promises
to be a big one. I can't believe there's only three shows
left! This tour is flying by.
Feb 21st, 2007
I've made it to Newcastle early. It's about
3:20, and I'm already at the club, the Telegraph. They're filming
something at the bar right now. I'm not sure if it's a movie, a
tv show or a commercial, or what, but they just filmed this guy
walking throught the front door and ordering a pint. I'm waiting
to for the bartender to be finished w/ the shot so I can figure out a
place where I can throw my bags until I need to be back here for the
I should have some time to walk around town a
bit. Newcastle is a really great town. I'm excited to be up
here because the accents get better and better the farther north you
go. I really wish I was headed to Scotland! Next time.
I might even go buy a disposable camera today to
take a few pics. I don't have a digital camera on me, so I
haven't been able to take (or post) any photos. If anybody has
some photos of the tour so far, please send them along and I'll post
them here in the tour diary to try and break up the endless rambling!
Sheffield Uni- Raynor
So the show last night turned out to be
great. What a relief. It was really looking as if everyone
was going to stay seated in the back of the room when I started, but
thankfully almost everyone came up front and there was a handfull of
requests and a bit of singing and clapping along.
At one point I asked someone from the crowd to
pick a classic monster, and I would sing a song about it, hoping that
someone would say something like, Wolfman, Dracula, or
Frankenstein. Someone (of course the loudest one) shouted out
something like "A Green vegan Monster!" I gave it a go, and made
something up on the spot. It actually turned out pretty well,
something about him "Not eating the meat." I really don't
remember the rest of the words, so I doubt that one will make it on the
next MU330 album.
I wound up staying with this guy named Si (Sy? I
don't know.. I think it's short for Simon. How do you spell
that?) He helps put on the punk/ska dance nights at the
university with Steph and Paul. It was great because he lives
right downtown by the University on the seventh floor. The view
over Sheffield from his living room was pretty amazing, plus he made
tea, eggs, and beans on toast in the morning! What a guy!
Thank you sir. That set me up perfectly for the train ride to
Newcastle this afternoon.
Feb 20th, 2007
OK, so I'm on day five, sitting at the merch table
at the Sheffield Uni. Tonights show promises to be interesting,
if not a little strange. I'm the only "Band" playing tonight in a
little lounge at the university. It's punk rock/ ska "Club Night"
at the Raynor lounge.. which means they'll play music for a while, and
then I'll get up for a half hour or 45 min, and then they go back to
playing music. I'm a bit concerned that it will feel like "Who's
this acoustic jerk interrupting our dance night?" But there's a few
people here already that seem to know that I'm playing, so that's a
good sign. On top of that, the promoters are both really super
nice. Steph and Paul have already taken me back to their place to make
pancakes! Something to do with Lent. I don't remember
anything about pancakes having anything to do w/ lent growing up
Catholic in St. Louis. It's got to be a UK thing.
It's time to go back and catch up a bit on the
last few days.
Derby- Victoria Inn
After going through 2 bags breaking on the walk to
the Croft in Bristol the day before, I was super excited to get off the
train in Derby, walk out of the station, look across the street and see
the Victoria Inn staring right at me. What a relief! When I
walked into the pub, the walls were lined w/ posters for the
show. Ella the promoter had plastered the place. It was
great to play with Kelly from No Comply, who is now doing solo
gigs. She was great and had some really great songs. I
played on the floor out in front of the stage, and felt really
connected to the people at the show. The Vic is the perfect venue
for doing that sort of thing. It's tiny and really intimate.
Whooo, had a late night after this show. Wound up going with some
friends to the hot new nightclub in Derby called "Mosh." What a funny
name for a club. Three floors of dancing and late night boozing.
"Do they have these kind of clubs in the US?" someone asked me that
night. I don't think so.. not that I've seen anyway. What
I'm talking about is that if you go out to a dance club in the US,
they're going to have dance music, right? In the UK they'll have
punk rock night, or ska night, or indie night, and they'll play just
that kind of music, and people will dance to rock bands. It was
strang and kind of fun to see a dance club playing pixies songs, and
everyone dancing. I don't think that happens in the US, does it?
I woke up in a daze in Derby, and ran across the
street to catch the train to London. I was on the train within 10
min of waking up, totally foggy and rolling towards London.
Between naps and a bit of motion sickness, I actually got some reading
done. Because of my big old bag that I'm dragging around, I didn't want
to walk all the way to the club from the station, so I switched over to
the tube, which my railpass doesn't cover. It was a bit
confusing, because part of the Northern Line that I needed to use to
get to Camden Town was under construction. I got there some round
about way, but couldn't explain it if I had to.
MU330 has played the underworld a few times, but
I've never played in London solo. I always like playing the
Underworld. It's a solid club that always seems to take care of
the bands with food and they always have water/ other refreshments
backstage, plus the best falafal in the world is right across the
street from where you load out.
I played in the little bar to the side, and didn't
use a PA. Everyone crammed into the small room, and it felt like
the club was packed. Good stuff!
It was super fun to see the guys from Monkey and
my buddy Mattias, their driver. They wound up having a really
good show. I was a bit worried that the turnout was going to be
grim with it being their first UK tour, and they got put on the bill as
the headliners., but it turned out to be a really good show for them.
My friend Lance Underpants (Who played drums on
Sweets and Meats, and recorded MU330-Oh yeah! and Ultra Panic) was in
London on tour with the band Ash, and was able to come down to the show
for a bit. After the show, I rode back to Brighton w/ Matthias,
Buz and Em, and stayed above the Punker Bunker. It was really
great to be back in Brighton. It's fun waking up right there in
the lanes to the sounds of early delivery trucks, people opening up
their shops, and lunatic-screaming seagulls. After a full veg
breakfast at the Dumb Waiter w/ Buz and Em, followed by a walk about
town, I caught the late afternoon train to Southampton.
I didn't mess w/trying to walk and find the
venue. Took a cab and got dropped of right in front. It was
so worth it. It was a decent turnout for a Monday night at the
Joiners.. probably about 75 people or so came through the door.
This was a good show w/ a bit of good old fashioned drunken heckling
from a couple people. I always get nostalgic when I play the
Joiners, because The Joiner's is one of the gigs that really sticks out
in my brain from the very first MU330 UK/Europe tour w/ Erl driving us
I was a little concerned about a place to stay,
because nothing was lined up in advance, but luckily Chops and Rindi
came to the rescue (Two people I met before the show started) and
offered a place to sleep. We went out after the Joiner's to this
club called Jesters, that had pints for 50p. Complete
chaos. The amount of undetermined fluids covering the floor of
this place was utterly shocking. Cheers to Rindi for the best
cheese on toast I've ever had. Thanks for the ride to the train
Feb 17th, 2007
I'm sitting in the backstage room of the Victoria
Inn in Derby. Tonight is the second show of the tour. It's funny
how coming back to all these clubs brings so many memories rushing back
from touring with MU330. When I see the names of the clubs on
paper before the tour, it really doesn't register until I actually walk
into the building. When I walked into the Croft in Bristol, it seemed
like yesterday that MU330 played there and had the stereo stolen out of
What a long trip. I flew from the States
into Gatwick, took the train to Bristol, and then walked to the club
from the train station, which was entirely too far to drag a bag,
especially when the wheel breaks about 8 blocks in. Luckily it broke
next to a shop that sells bags, so after buying a new bag for 23
pounds, and switching over all my cd's, shirts, and personal clothes, i
was back on my way. Within three more blocks, the brand new bag
had a hole ripped in the bottom. Ugh! I duct taped it
all up and kept trudging on, and managed to get to the club in
about an hour.
Yesterday was a record long day for me w/o
sleeping. I left Santa Cruz at 7:30 AM on Thursday, and didn't
get to sleep in Bristol until about 3:30 AM on Sat. Big thank
you's to Sonic Boom Six for the ride, and to Blake (Captain Everything)
and Ben (the Remnants) for the hallway floor to crash on. Also,
cheers to Matt at the Croft. He was really friendly and
nice. He must not have remembered much about having MU330 stay at
his apartment last time we were at the Croft..
What did I learn in Bristol? Two things
mainly. 1) If you've got a heavy bag and you think the club
is going to be far away, suck it up and just pay for a freaking cab 2)
Cider and Tequila is a bad bad combination.. even if it's really nice
Feb 15th, 2007
Today is day one of UK tour 2007. I'm
sitting in the Dallas Fort Worth airport waiting to board my flight to
London. This will be the first time I've toured the UK by myself
on a train. I'm a little bit nervous. I'm mostly wondering
if I brought too much stuff to drag around. My bag is
ridiculously heavy. Luckily Mr. Mike Park let me borrow his soft
guitar case backpack so that will free up my hands. Is it going
to rain the whole time I'm in the UK? Who knows. Mike also
let me borrow a giant yellow raincoat. What could go wrong?
The airport in Dallas is obscenely enormous.
There's a conductorless train that takes you from gate to gate around
the airport. There was an add on the train that said "In an
airport the size of Manhattan, you know there's got to be shopping." Is
it really that big? Yikes. I'm in TX.
April 14th, 2005
The rest of Ska is Dead II was rocking, and it was
really good to make friends with the Voodoo Glow Skulls and Streetlight
Manifesto. They are all super good guys and I can't wait to see them
again! Did I mention the rest of the tour was rocking? Well I'll say it
again, because that sounds like the understatement of the year. It
honestly was probably the best tour that MU330 has ever been a part of.
Super fun. It was 8 weeks long, and I wish it could have kept going.
Big Thank You's to Mr. Matt Porter (aka Matt-Don) who did an amazing
job at filling in for Chris Diebold on the bass guitar. He rocked the
parts and was the probably the only real voice of reason most of the
time in MURV (MU330 Recreational Vehicle) In addition to driving the
bus the entire tour (by "driving the bus" I mean playing the bass - We
were not on a bus, and Matt was not allowed behind the wheel once the
entire tour) Matt taught us how to harvest coconuts in FL by smashing
them caveman style on a parking curb behind the Factory in Ft.
I'm on a plane right now headed from Tampa to St.
Louis. I just finished up playing four solo dates with Mustard Plug in
FL. They were all really good shows, and Mustard Plug is great to tour
with. I basically flew in to Orlando, took the bus to the club, met
Mustard Plug, and then they let me hop in their van and sleep on their
hotel floors for the next four days. I felt like an honorary Plug!
This next week is going to be exciting. I'm going
to be practicing with MU330 all week, trying to finish up writing the
rest of the new MU330 record. We're a little over half way through
writing it, and I'm hoping that this week some of the song structures
and horn lines will start to take shape. A lot of the songs we've been
writing lately are "Monster" themed... almost enough for a whole
record. I'm still not sure where we're going to go with it. So far,
there's a songs about Zombies, Aliens, Wherewolves, Vampires, Floating
Green Heads, a Haunted House, Fear, and Skeletons. While I was down in
FL I started working on a Frankenstein song that I'm pretty excited
about too. The thing is, I'm a little worried about doing another
"Themed" album like the x-mas album because people automaticaly think
it's going to be cheesy, but the monster songs actually ROCK! and they
go so well together... We also have a handfull of songs that don't fit
the Monster/Halloween theme, so it could turn into 2 whole albums. We
will see. I'll have a better idea I think by the end of the week.
This Thursday we're playing at the Creepy Crawl,
and on Sat at the "Ska Weekend" in Knoxville. I'm super excited because
none other than the Mighty Chris Diebold will be returning on the bass
guitar for those shows! OH YEAH!
October 19th , 2004 San Francisco
Last night's show in Sacramento was great. I've
played at the Boardwalk before with Rx Bandits. They fed the bands
spaghetti and lettuce. It was delicious. Big D and Suburban Legends met
up with the tour last night, so it is officially a full on circus.
There are so many people on tour it's insane. I'm hoping I'll have more
people to skip rope with now before shows. Colin and Rick from Mustard
plug are both skipping rope with me, and I'm hoping I can get Sean from
Big D to start skipping, and Vince and Dallas from Suburban Legends
too. Buddy Lee would be proud! If anyone would like to skip rope with
me and Colin from Mustard Plug, come out to the show early and bring a
rope and we'll skip together. I've been trying to skip for 5-10 min.
every day. I haven't missed a day yet on this tour. Oh yeah.
Tonight we're at the Bottom of the Hill in San
Francisco. I'm looking forward to this one. It feels kind of like the
home town show since I've been living in Santa Cruz for over three
years now. I'll know a lot of people at the show tonight. It should be
October 14th , 2004 Oh, Canada!
I'm on a ferry right now with Mustard Plug, the
Planet Smashers, and Catch 22. We're headed to Vancouver frm Victoria
Island. My first date on the "Ska is Dead" tour was last vight in
Victoria. This is the first time I've ever been to western Canada. It's
so beautiful. Yesterday I rented scooters with the guys from the Plug
and we zoomed up and down the coast. It was amazing. Scooters are so
fun. I need to get one!
So, just to catch up there's a lot of shows and a
couple whole tours that I haven't written about lately... like the
Electrodan/ Flying Marrows/$kull Di$co tour in England, and the Flying
Marrows/Dan P. California tour. The thing is, I was so busy actually
driving around and playing shows that I didn't have much time to
actually write any updates. I'm hoping to stay more on top of things
this time around.
Ahh! I'm already falling behind. I'm not on a
Ferry anymore. I'm at a Motel 6 in Redding, CA. The tour is flying
past. The show in Vancouver was a good one. I played a really short
set, but it went well. I felt like the tour really got started for me
when we got to Seattle. I got to play a 20 min set, and felt like I
started to hit my stride as far as getting into the groove of playing
solo shows again. It seems like it always takes me a few shows to
mentally switch gears from playing with MU330 to playing solo shows and
feeling comfortable again. The show was at the University, and I
finally had my CD's with me, so I felt like I got some of my music out
there to people.
Last night in Portland was the best show so far.
The club was really small, so I went PA-less, and just stood in the
middle of the room with people all around me in a circle. The size of
the venue really suited playing solo more than playing with a full
band, so that kind of worked in my favor. I felt like it was one of the
best solo shows I've had in a long time.
Tonight there is no show. We drove from Portland
to Redding, and are staying at a Motel 6. Tomorrow we meet up with
Suburban Legends and Big D and the Kid's Table. Yahoo!
July 7th, 2004 Still in
I forgot to mention.. the day after the MU330 tour
finished up, I hopped on a show in Guildford at the Robin Hood with
POG, WOB, Edd from K-Line, and Jason Webley. I hitched a ride from
Brighton with WOB and POG and Jason. The Robin Hood is a super tiny
pub, so it didn't take much to fill it up. I only played about 4 songs.
I was trying to keep it brief because I was a latecomer to the show,
and we had to fit in 5 acts.
Jason had a great show that night. He really has a
command of the crowd that I really respect. He was able to get a rowdy
pub crowd extra rowdy, and then bring them back down to silence for a
really soft song. It was great. I hope I can play some more shows with
Last night was my first day off. I pretty much
just checked e-mails and walked around Brighton a bit, and then last
night went to a Pilot to Gunner show at the Hobgoblin that Buzz was
putting on. What's really weird is that both Pilot to Gunner, and Jason
Webley had both been to Russia within the last couple weeks. Me too! I
thought MU330 was pretty cool for going to Russia.. but I guess
everybody's doing it these days!
Today is the last day of hanging out until the
rest of the band gets in tomorrow morning. Buzz just told me that the
weather forecast is torrential rains for the next two days, followed by
bad weather for the next 10 days. That's no good. I hope it doesn't
rain the entire time we are on tour over here! We'll see. hopefully
they are WRONG!
July 6th, 2004 Back in
MU330 has just finished up our European tour, and
I'm the rest of the band has flown back to the States. I'm in Brighton
waiting for Greg, Mia, and Shannon to land in London and start the
"Electrodan" UK tour. This will be our first full on tour with this
lineup. I've been to the UK to play solo shows three different times,
so I'm psyched bring the full band. It should be a great tour. With the
Flying Marrows and $kull Di$co on board, it's going to be a blast.