Oh what a great summer we all had on the road. Something was really
clicking for us this summer. We came to it with a lot of trepidation
since 'brother Mike' had to return to Alice in Chains, and we had been
pretty sad about it even though all of us completely understood that he
needed to return to his original 'family.'
When Ric stepped in to fill the bass position, a whole new cool wave of
chemistry kicked in and we suddenly felt like we'd been playing
together for years already. Talk about a HUGE lucky break, man, what
are the chances?
The set list itself was shifting around during the tour and we settled
on one that we couldn't NOT do. Ann's amazing idea to cover Love Reign
'Ore Me by the Who worked like a charm and that song turned into
everyone's favorite part of the set. It worked so well for Ann's voice
and was especially cool to see the wave of recognition sweep across the
sea of faces.
There were a few nights after the show when we swapped around between
the tour busses so we could 'hootnanny' and hang out as a band, but
only on nights with the next day off so Ann could sing too and not be
relegated to the usual silence of saving up her voice. Those are the
most unforgettable memories that will always bring a great big smile to
me. This band is truly a bunch of kooky cutups!
Everyone working with us too gets along so well and it's quite a smooth
professional team of friends getting us through the tough ins and outs
of touring. A comfort zone is hard to come by out there, but the shows
and camaraderie make up for all the grueling miles. Best of all is when
you can share what you love with people who love it too. This summer
tour was my fave of all time. Endless thanks to all of you who came out
to see us. None of this gets to happen without you!