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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 info@grasshoppertakeover.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 http://www.grasshoppertakeover.com/merchandise for 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 details TBA.


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 benzinn1@hotmail.com.


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...

Spread Your Wings And Fly!