We are home again.
The last few days have been so much fun. Here’s a few good stories.

So we went to WZZO in Allentown and did a live interview/performance the other day. It was short; T and i answered a few questions and played “Normal Life” acoustic. When the song was over, Chris Line (the DJ) began clapping. As he was the only one participating, he said “c’mon guys, you can clap for yourselves.” And we did. What happened next will live forever in infamy as an ongoing inside joke at band practice and on the road. Sam, who had been silent for the entire interview and performance, in a moment of completely uncalculated sam-like spontaneity, exclaimed

“Those guys are f***ing sweet!”.  I can think of a hundred scenarios where the
f-word is inappropriate–at a wedding, at a funeral, when you’re around five year olds, when you ARE five years old, when you’re having dinner with the in-laws, et cetera, et cetera. In case you weren’t aware, you can put “when you’re live on the radio” near the top of that list.

The control room fell absolutely silent for a moment, turning slowly into nervous laughter and jokes. As embarassing as it was at the time, we had a good laugh about it for the rest of the trip.

The shows in Allentown were big events, filled with memorable moments. Kevin from Fuel came out to see us! (and all of our mutual friends) That was so flattering and nice. He’s a cool dude. I know there’s a picture of him and Sam floating around somewhere. I’ll get it up here when i snag it.

The Sterling is kind of a family business. It has that Cheers (the tv show) sort of vibe–everyone is cool, friendly, polite, and helpful.

In the day, when the bar was closed during soundcheck, we spent some of our time with Dave, the owner, and his family and extened family:

little Matthew and his favorite chair

little Matthew and his favorite chair

auditioning new drummers

auditioning new drummers

Our last night at the Sterling ended in the Karaoke bar with Sam and Aaron (separated at birth) singing the timeless “Fortunate Son” by Credence Clearwater Revival. I love this photo:

We ended up with tons of great shots from the last few days. Here’s a few from Allentown, all taken by Aaron and Mary:

Last night in Cleveland was a good time too. We were happy to see some familiar faces, and again, some people who drove from faraway cities, as far
as Detroit to make it out. Unfortunately, we got caught in a snowstorm on our way through Pennsylvania yesterday and missed soundcheck, but it all came together nicely and ended up being a cool night. In addition to the regular set, we played Blue, Meteor Flower, and some new stuff, something we’ve never had time to do at a Cleveland show before.

Okay i’m done. I am going to spend tonight  recovering and relaxing. This week i’ll try and get a new image gallery
together. Thanks to everyone who’s been taking and submitting photos.

talk to you soon.

joe