|News / Headlines / Blog:
Posted on 09/03/11 by Clint
So the day is coming to an end. I'm writing this from the front lounge of the bus. Today show was by far the best show so far on the tour crowd wise. The crowds everywhere have been good but today was special vibe. Good amount of people at the meet and greet today. We set up a lil BBQ everyday and try and make it a real experience for the people instead of a cattle call kinda vibe. I really love our fans and the other guys in this band truly feel the same as I do. That being said, we do see some interesting folks out here. Some of the things I hear out of peoples mouths are out of this world. Todays show was actually of grass so there's a very backyard BBQ vibe going on. I feel like I'm in a garage band that charges 5 dollars a piece at a kegger with only our closest friends in attendance.
I just got back from catering(dun dun dun)!!!! Always a weird vibe. The caterers are so cool but walking through the "too cool for school" people annoys me to no end. I think it's funny the energy some people put into not saying hello and the shade selection. Nothing better than a band guy wearing shades in a dark room.
I can't judge people though, it's more of an observation and I'll let you be the judge haha.
I'm feeling pretty good today overall. Thinking a lot about the future, about the new 7d record. Recently there's been a few things said about the next record being our last for awhile. I think the main reason for us discussing that is we always wanted to end this on our own terms. It would be cool to go into a cycle knowing that it maybe the last time we see a lot of you for a bit and we could in some sense say goodbye. I think the bottom line is we're gonna take a break. It probably won't be forever. We love each other in this band and we don't wanna burn out on this in our old age We've done this so long we'd probably feel strange adjusting to life at home. I think we'd miss it too much but that would be the point, to miss it and want to have that drive back that you only get after feeling like something was lost forever. I felt that way when I was away from 7d for those years. When I pulled myself out of the abyss I told myself if I were back in 7d I would always appreciate it.
Tomorrow is Biloxi and it's getting pounded by a storm right now so we may not do the show. Could be blown out. Hope not, I wanna play tomorrow. Couple more shows and I fly home for two days to be with family. Can not wait, I'm gonna hug them so hard it's gonna be amazing. Hopefully I can start filming some stuff to put up on site everyday like we did during the recording of CDM. Some of this I can't describe with words. I have a so much gratitude in my heart tonight. I also have ambition to write the heaviest 7d record to date. If there's a chance it's gonna be our last, I'll be damn if we're gonna go away quietly!!!!!!
Much love to ya'll and thank you for giving us the support to live out our dream.
Day 2 of Uproar tour blog
Posted on 09/02/11 by Clint
Well today we're off in Tampa. Always have a strange "New Orleans" type vibe here for some reason. I guess that comes from all the strange things we saw and did here back in the day. Not the most spiritual place I've been. Everyones glad for a day off for sure. Out here days off are golden simply because you don't have to be anywhere for the day, your not right up on top of 11 other guys. And all though we're a very social and friendly band it's hard to muster up a smile all the time when you have not so happy things going on. For example, we found out a friend and fan of 7d lost his fight with cancer last night. His name was Chad and he was a good soul. So to complain about anything out here is selfish and ungrateful.
The road, for real, is a very easy to endure. A lot of musicians try and put a spin on it to make it seem hard and physically demanding. It's more of a sacrifice than anything. You give up a lifetime of precious moments from family when you tour like we do. Basically the last 20 years of my life have been out here. The upside, playing music for the fans, it comes with that sacrifice. I always knew that a job this cool would have its down side.
But being out here is what you make it. If you drink every night, partake in the cliches of RnR of course it's gonna get harder and harder to keep the pace. I've done both sides, I've partied and tried every thing I could to destroy myself in the name of Rock n roll and I've lived a sober life out here for the last 4 years. I tell ya the last four years I've lost way less wallets, money, morality and friends than the drinking years.
But to each his own. Nothing wrong with letting off steam. I just couldn't stop letting it off once I started. I love these guys out here. They are a big part of my family.
I miss my son Harper and wife Tara very much. She sends me pics and videos non stop. She cracks me up with the way she looks at life. She's so organized and together. I'm thankful for her. I do what I do for them now and that motivates the hell out of me.
Tomorrow's show is in Tampa and I look forward to another parking lot rock show. The people are colorful here in Tampa and we plan on being as colorful as we can in the 30 min set time they give us. Gotta love it. Resting my face tonight for the smile fest tomorrow.
God bless you and if you can do something nice for another every day you can.
Blog from uproar(1st one)
Posted on 09/01/11 by Clint
So today is the 1st day of my daily uproar blog and overall rant about whatever happens to be going on. Today's a beautiful day in VA. Basically started our day off with a parking lot prison type workout. Which basically looks like some guys with felonies working out beside a tour bus. Alot different than back in the day when we'd sleep till show time. The vibe is good out here but feel very disconnected with the "main stage" part of the tour. Even when we go to catering which is located behind main stage we feel like we re not suppose to be there. Our passes don't allow us to watch "main stage" bands which is funny to me but comes with these tours. We enjoy the connection we have with fans on the "bottom feeder" side anyway. No seats, no comfort from te sun, raw. Still have a good size crowd everyday to play for which is all that matters and we re thankful. We do signing everyday after an meet some interesting people daily. Hard to believe we re still doing this.
I'm gonna do my best to do a daily report and chime in on my thoughts of this tour, our band, the fans, and the observations I see good, bad and ugly so stay tuned.I wanna thank the 7dust fans for supporting us and coming out early to get behind us underdogs.