Bob's Road Notes: 3/31/2000
The Saga Continues.......
First off, before I get to the road
notes, I wanted to extend a big thanks to everyone who has been emailing
us with your thoughts, love, suggestions, and support for the band.
This tour will be our biggest trial as a band to date and without
the support of our fans and friends, our biggest "trial" could easily
become our biggest "tribulation."
We will be keeping you informed of
where we are and how we are doing every few days via our road notes.
Keep an eye out for when we'll
be in your area, as we look forward to meeting and rockin' with
We played three great shows in the
last week and it's only making us more excited to be on the road full
time. On St. Patricks Day we played in Vegas at a club called the
Boston, a big place that has all the makings of a true rock and roll
venue: stale smoke smell from the night before, cheap drinks, and
a handful of odd regulars that always seem to keep the night exciting.
We played a solid 45 minute set full
of our favorites, and a few that we dusted the cob webs off for a
good time. The club was packed and we had a great time playing, especially
for the two big drunk guys who just couldn't get enough beer or loud
We are starting to develop a fan base
in what I have dubbed, "The City of Eternal Evil," which is (ironically)
nice to see. While I do actually love playing Vegas, I call it the
City of Eternal Evil only because everytime I go there I lose money
at the casinos (my own fault... :). The people in Vegas are either
really happy, or really pissed and in shock from how much money they
lost at the tables -- no in between. I think it takes a certain type
of person to actually live there with all that constant stimuli, although
I'm guessing that the people that do live there, don't hang out "on
We played a great show here in LA on
my birthday at The Gig on Melrose. We like this club, but are sometimes
baffled by why the crowds are always scared to come up in front of
the stage. People step on each other's toes and stand shoulder-to-shoulder
in the middle and back of the club looking cool, but act like the
15 foot semi-circle in front of the stage is wired with explosives!
We broke out our newest song, "Take
Me With You," to be released on our full length national debut
International Dance Marathon
in a few weeks. This song kicks some serious ass and we are excited
to have it as a new addition to our set. I, personally, had a great
show and a great birthday, thanks to all for the good wishes.
Last night we played in Tempe, Arizona.
It was our first time there, but definitely not our last. We played
at a club called The Green Room that was right on campus. Since we
only knew one person in the whole city, we knew our chances of bringing
in a bunch of people to the club -- on our name alone -- was 'nill'
at best. So, we did the only thing we could think off -- promote shamelessly.
We asked the owner if she would be
cool with us trying to round up people off the street to come to the
show if we could put them on a discount list and she agreed. So we
grabbed some cds and a fresh pad of loose leaf and headed up to Tempe's
version of "the strip." We split up and walked up and down the street
telling people about the show and promising them a good time if they
came. To our surprise, the people of Tempe were super cool and many
signed our list. By the end we had collected about 30 names and, overall,
it was a refreshing experience.
I guess we are a little jaded by the
whole LA scene, where trying to get people out to a show is like trying
to sell ice to an eskimo. As an independent rock band, we know the
only way we can effectively make each show better is by getting out
and seeing and meeting the people in each city. So, in the future,
if someone walks up to you and says, "Wanna go to a rock show tonight?"
Before you say "no thanks," turn around and see who it is -- it could
just be one of us!
I can not express my excitment for
the ensuing tour! We hope that we can bring not only great music,
but a good time to each city and everyone we play for.
Thanks again to everyone that has been
supporting us or just writing to say 'hi', you make it all worth while.
Stay in touch with us and stay tuned for more road notes as, The Saga
Best wishes to all and may rock be
Bob Boyce / GTO