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The Official Grasshopper Takeover Email Newsletter
Hello to the Mighty Swarm and welcome Grasshopper Neophytes...
We hope this email finds you all happy and healthy and kicking ass in
whatever you're doing. All is moving along well in Camp GTO and much has
transpired since our last newsletter.
Currently, we're finishing up recording our forthcoming CD which we hope
to have out by May/June with a corresponding CD release party to follow.
The CD is titled "See No Evil" and is the second in our limited edition
series of 3 cover image-related releases. The disc will have from
8 to 12 songs including 6 cover tunes spanning style ranges from
Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back" (it's true), to the Beatles'
"Eleanor Rigby". We'll be in touch when we nail down a release date,
but until then visit our site from time to time for audio snippets
of what's to come.
Friday, April 22nd. Kearney, NE.
Friday, June 17th. Lincoln, NE.
Please visit the tourdates page on our website for full details.
Live performance dates will remain limited until our CD is released
this Spring. Post release we'll begin playing live more overall and
touring throughout the region. If you'd like us to play your city,
email us at email@example.com and let us know!
Our Japanese release of "International Dance Marathon", which includes
7 bonus tracks (four of which are all new!), is slated for official
release in Asia this coming Wednesday, March 23rd. If you can read
Japanese ;-) and would like more info please visit our label,
RB-Records, at http://www.rb-records.com. However, for the 99.99% of
you who can't read Japanese, we can tell you that soon the import will
be available in limited release via online at CDbaby.com, at Homer's
locations in Omaha and Lincoln, and where ever GTO plays live.
For the many of you who over the years have asked us if there were any
more Kind CDs available, we recently (literally) stumbled over an old
box of them in the attic. We are in the process of having them
packaged and will soon have them for sale (again in limited release)
online at http://www.CDbaby.com, at Homer's locations in Omaha and
Lincoln, and where ever GTO plays live. There are only about 100 left
in total (and forever), so get 'em while supplies last! Songs from
this album will also be available, in time, for digital download at
all major sites.
Beginning April 1st, we will be having a major MERCHANDISE CLEARANCE
SALE exclusively for online orders placed through our site. We're
cutting prices (essentially down to cost) to clear out our current
inventory in order to get new goods for the Spring and Summer. Visit
everything GTO... and cheap!
For those of you looking to fill your I-Pods and computers with GTO
muzac, we are now fully loaded for Digital Download at all major
locations including I-tunes.com, Napster.com, and many more. Visit
our homepage for the most current list of digital download sites
where GTO can be found. And/or, if you're looking to receive the
entire package online, please visit http://www.freshtracksmusic.com or http://www.cdbaby.com for easy ordering and speedy delivery.
GTO is pleased and honored to announce a once in a lifetime special event:
On May 6th, 2006, Grasshopper Takeover will be playing live --
in all of rock's furious glory --with the insanely-talented and
internationally recognized Omaha Symphony Orchestra. As you can
imagine, we are very excited about this collaborative opportunity
and can't wait to bring it to you live. Exact location and further
And lastly, we'd like to bid a fond farewell to our friend, lead
guitarist and musical comrade, Mike (Ciffy) Cioffero. As many of
you know, Mike is a unique and incredibly talented guitarist versed
deeply in the classical arts. Last November he received his masters
degree in classical performance from the University of Nebraska at
Omaha. Soon thereafter (and inevitably) in February, he chose to
continue his schooling in pursuit of his doctorate. And because
there are so few schools in the country that offer doctorate
degrees specific to Mike's pursuits, he was inclined to move to
New York and thus, unfortunately, had to leave GTO. His departure
was amicable but bittersweet and we wish him the very best in
everything he does.
Conversely, many of you who had heard of Mike's departure prior to
this newsletter, emailed us asking (among other things) "Who was
going to take his place?" To answer: we're now playing temporarily
with a solid, spitfire guitarist, equally talented in his own right,
named Ben Zinn. We're pleased to have him on board and look forward
to rocking live with him in the future. If you want to say hello
and welcome him to the camp, you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
That's it for now. More to come as the CD release date and touring draws nearer.
Until then, take care of one another and...