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So I'm starting to pack for the tour, I had to go buy a bunch of thermal shirts and stuff, I didn't actually own any. If the rest of the country is as cold as LA is tonight on this Halloween, I believe I made a wise decision. What's that you say? 60 degrees isn't cold? Damn I'm in trouble.
The rehearsals are done, the next time we'll play together is Tuesday night In Denver. We are all really excited, and it'll be great to get the hell out of LA for a while.
So many of you have emailed me and I really appreciate it. It'd be great to meet up with you guys before and after the shows, this tour is as much about you as it is about the band. I am also on the lookout for great bass stores around the country, so if any of you have suggestions I'd really appreciate them. Anyone have an 'in' with Lakland in Chicago?
I'll write my final entry tomorrow before we leave here, and tell you how I met the Twilite Kid and got involved with all of this.
Have fun trick or treating tonight, remember to use protection.
So the first day I meet Mathias Schneeberger is the day I track 'Martin Eden'. The Kid introduces him as 'the crazy german'. Immediately I want to let him know I was English and that we won, twice, but I let it slide. I would have also added the 1966 World Cup victory but I didn't want to come off too strong, it was my first day after all.
Mathias is über-talented when it comes to music, as I witnessed him layering guitar tracks that day, and then effortlessly switching to keys. Throw in the fact that he towers over me, and the intimidation started factoring in.
But I needn't have worried. Sure he's loud, of course he's opinionated, yes he can suck the air out of the room faster than the turnover at Treblinka, but goddamn he's a great piano player.
For those of you that don't know, Mathias co-produced BB, no easy feat I assure you. The way he fills the songs with lush melodies is inspirational to me as a bass player. Apparently he never got to see the Beatles at the Kaiserkeller, but I don't hold that against him.
Make sure you buy him a drink when you see him, you'll make a friend for life.
As a session bassist I've played with some of the greatest guitar players on the planet, I've been real lucky in that area. I'll never be a great lead guitarist, I just don't have the patience, so when I get to play with one I appreciate it all the more.
So at Twilight HQ one day, the Twilite Kid introduces me to this cat called Jon Skibic and tells me he's going to play guitar on tour. Now I'd heard some of Jon's playing on the rough mixes for BB, so I knew he was talented, but nothing had prepared me for the riffing that I was about to experience for the next few hours.
Whatever I threw at Jon he volleyed back at me at light speed, and I can throw some mean curveballs. He's one of those Berekely School of Music guys that can play just about anything and isn't afraid to let you know. I used to hate those guys until I met Jon.
Hailing from New Jersey (land of the axeman), Jon has already experienced success with his own bands, the Gigolo Aunts and Ivy. One time I asked him if he knew Richie Sambora and he ignored me.
Skibic and the Kid started playing together in 2000, so you know he's cool if he's still in the fold by 2003.
Personally I'm honored to be playing with him, and as the Kid says, 'He's the Steve Gaines to my Ronnie Van Zant.'
Oh, and a big shout out to Candace, Jon's longtime girlfriend. Sorry ladies...
You can always tell from the band photo which one's the drummer can't you? Bobby Macintyre is no exception. The first time I met him was on a session we were both doing for a mutual friend of ours, and I couldn't help but notice that his shoes were spray-painted silver.
He must have knocked out that drum track in the time it took me to go score a Red Bull at the 7-11 around the corner. Bobby doesn't fuck around.
So when we were putting the band together and this guy walks in, it wasn't until I spotted the silver shoes that I remembered who he was. Being the bass player, it's really important that I groove with the drummer, and from the first note it was obvious that Bobby was the guy.
Born and raised in Miami, Bobby moved to Chicago before coming to LA about 5 years ago. LA has never been the same since. Voted most likely to need bail money on the upcoming tour, Bobby is a powerhouse drummer and one of the funniest, most thoughtful guys I've ever had the pleasure to play with.
Lock up your daughters...
I grew up in England. About this time of year we would be bundling up in our coats and wearing a sweater or two, and still be cold. It's not like that in LA. It's 10 at night and I have the AC pumping, it's so weird. I don't know if it's the heat from the firestorm we are experiencing, or it's just unusually warm, but I find myself yearning for Fall. I have a feeling we are gonna find it next week in Chicago.
Over the next few days I'm gonna clue you in to the rest of the Twilight Singers, so you guys can say hi to all of us when we hit your town. It's less than a week until we leave now, time to start packing and figuring out what we can live without for the next month. The espresso machine is staying.
I'm playing a gig tomorrow night at the Hollywood Athletic Club in LA with Camp Freddy. I have no idea about the details, but maybe I'll see some of you there.
Nice to see BB is getting such great reviews, thanks so much to Lee for this site, he's a good man. Ciao for now.
I still get excited on Friday's that there's no school tomorrow.
You may have heard that my side band, Camp Freddy, is playing in LA on Tuesday, and it's true. I don't have the details yet, but I'll post them when I do. I know it's got something to do with Frederick's of Hollywood...
Some of you emailed me about video-taping the upcoming shows. Now, I know it's all for private use, etc., but the band has a strict policy of no taping, so please don't bring a video camera, it ain't gonna happen.
We only have a few more rehearsals until we hit the road, I don't know who's more excited, the band or the fans. I just want to say thanks for all the great emails from you guys about the album, we are all so happy you dig it.
Have a great weekend.
If you haven't already heard, the great Elliot Smith died today, apparently from a suicide. I'm really sad. Elliot was one of those super talented guys who could play just about anything, his albums were works of art. I was lucky enough to meet him a few years ago, and even then I noticed his drug habit had a hold on him. Stay clear of heroin people, it doesn't care how talented you are. I'll really miss him, just like Jeff Buckley, both were only here for a short time but their contributions to music were huge.
Elliot Smith - XO
My hands hurt. some would say it's from playing Splinter Cell till the wee hours of the morning (and they might be right), but I tend to think it's from the hours of rehearsing we are doing. The band is real tight at this point, it's almost like there's some sort of musical telepathy happening.
So I've been filling up the iPod for the tour, and here's my top 3 albums of the moment:
Grandaddy - The Sophtware Slump
If you guys have any suggestions for new discs I should be checking out, just drop me a line, gotta feed that jones.
I also realized I have way too many basses, so if you are interested in picking up a P-Bass email me for the details. Did you ever see that John Entwhistle film where he has like 500 basses? Well, I'm stopping at a considerably lower number.
Thanks for all the praise about the new album, spread the word folks, let's see if we can get this one to curtail the flow of Limp Bizkit crap that pollutes our airwaves. After all, they are ours aren't they?
Woke up this morning (insert blues song here), and realized we leave for the tour in 2 weeks. This would probably be a good time for me to invest in a jacket, apparently the rest of the country isn't spoiled like we are here in LA with our warm winters.
Rehearsals are going great, personally I think we are ready to hit the road tomorrow, but I guess some extra practice won't hurt. This is a rock n' roll band folks, make no mistake about that. We are working up so many songs, there's nothing like playing different set-lists every night, keeping it fresh for us and you guys.
Thanks for all the emails, maybe you guys could send some pics of you so I can recognize you when we hit your town, it's always nice to put a face with a name.
Enjoy Blackberry Belle....
So today the rest of the world gets to hear what I've had the privilidge to be listening to for a while now. Go seek out the 'Belle', slap some headphones on, turn it up real loud, and lose yourself for a while.
Thanks for all the emails, I'll get back to everyone in due time.
Let's go for a ride...
When Greg and I were discussing the tour at the start of this year, both of us thought it would be a really cool idea to do an online journal documenting the goings on in the Twilight camp. Lee must have read our minds, because that's exactly what he suggested to us, so here it is. I just want to thank Lee for taking the time to do this and for running Summers Kiss, he does a really great job.
I'll be using this to ramble on endlessly in all probability, hopefully it will occasionally be punctuated by humor or insight, or both, but don't hold your breath. After all, I'm a bass player, not a writer.
Once we hit the road you can all expect daily updates, but for now I'll just write when something is going on that I think you guys might want to hear about.
Remember that the new album, Blackberry Belle, drops this Tuesday, Oct. 14th, so let us know what you think of it once you grab a copy. We all worked really hard on it and are excited about you guys finally hearing it.
Lee was kind enough to setup an email address for me, so if you want to drop me a line please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll answer any questions I can, but I won't reveal any setlist plans, etc., you guys want to be surprised right?
Remember folks, black out the windows, it's party time...
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Twilight Singers Tour Dates
11.04.2003 Bluebird Denver, CO
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