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The Official Grasshopper Takeover Email Newsletter
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To the Swarm,

Hello and Happy Holidays!

We hope your holiday season has been as enjoyable and as exciting as ours. With the release of our new CD, "Elephant Dreams", and the incredible CD release party we had here in Omaha, we're excited for our upcoming holiday shows and for what's to come in '04. Our CD release was absolutely mind-blowing with over 1500+ people through the door and over 1000 CDs sold in one night! Undoubtedly, that evening was one of the best times we've ever had playing live in the now 7 year lifespan of GTO. Many thanks to all the fans and bands for making that night the great success that it was. Also, thank you to Budweiser True Music, 89.7 The River, and The Omaha Reader for their support on the event.

So.... if you haven't yet received a copy of "Elephant Dreams" then you MUST GET THIS CD! (For the life of us, we just can't think of a better holiday gift for yourself and/or a friend!) So here's a few ways to get yourself the disc....

  • Visit CDbaby.com by clicking this link http://www.cdbaby.com/gto2 and order directly with a credit card. They ship within 24 hours and their site is fully secure.
  • For those of you in Omaha/Lincoln areas, visit any Homer's location.
  • For those of you wanting to order directly from GTO, mail $10 in any form to:
         Elephant Dreams
         843 So. 60th St.
         Omaha, NE 68106.
    Please make sure to include your correct and current mailing address.


Upcoming GTO shows:
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  • Saturday, Dec. 20th at Sokol Hall (upstairs)
    Playing with 20 other bands for an all day charity event sponsored by 89.7 The River. All Ages. GTO will hit the stage around 9:30pm. Visit 89.7 The River's website for more details.
  • Sunday, Dec. 21st at Nutty's Pub in Sioux Falls, SD. Playing with Burly. All Ages.
  • Thursday, Dec. 25th, Christmas Night at The Ranch Bowl. All Ages.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 31st, New Year's Eve at The Ranch Bowl. All Ages. Playing with Clever and Pomeroy.

After the craziness of the holidays has subsided, we'll be touring regionally/nationally in support of "Elephant Dreams" on a more full-time basis so visit our website for tour updates and other goodies.


What A Year It's Been...
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2003 has been the craziest year ever for GTO with every high and low imaginable all wrapped up into a flash of 365 days.

The first quarter of the year started off like any other... but then in June occurred the Great Van/Equipment Heist of '03 and it seemed briefly that GTO would be no more. Then, adding insult to injury, 2 days later we learned our ever-loving '89 GMC Van had been set on fire and completely destroyed. But then, a couple days later at a point when it seemed all chips were down, we received a phone call from the police telling us all our equipment had been recovered. ("The God's are now smiling on the band Grasshopper Takeover.")

Two months later GTO received a feature in Rolling Stone Magazine. A couple weeks after that we released the first in a series of 3 EPs titled "Hear No Evil, 1/3". A month after that, we headed out to Vegas to open for the Goo Goo Dolls and The Donnas for a VH-1 taped concert event. A couple weeks after that we actually saw ourselves rockin' on VH-1. And, finally, topping it all off with the perfect ending to a fantastic story and year, we released "Elephant Dreams," and hosted the greatest CD release party we could have ever hoped for.

So, with that, we say thank you to the thousands of you on this mailing list for your continued support of GTO and wish you all a safe and happy holiday season.

All our best and spread your wings and fly!

- GTO