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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

"Need More Cowbell" Tour Diary. Veteran's Day Blog.

HELLO! Welcome to HAIR IN THE AIR, The official blog of 3D In Your Face.  I am damn excited this week, kind of the same as every week.  I love this blog and I want to thank each and everyone of you for taking the time to read this.  I know I bombard you with 3D In Your Face stuff everyday but here at HAIR IN THE AIR, I get to really let it all hang out and tell you how I really feel.  This weeks blog is about something very close and dear to my heart.  Here in The States we celebrated Veteran's Day.  I know I did a Veteran's post last year so I wanted to do something new and different for your reading pleasure.  This summer we as a band were blessed to do a few shows with two US Army Vets as honorary roadies.  This blog is going to be a tour diary about the "Need More Cowbell Summer Tour 2013".  I know it's a little late but I was saving this for a good time.

"Need More Cowbell Summer Tour Diary Day 1"
I'm not quite sure how all the stars align but we were scheduled two road shows, a Friday in Fremont (my hometown) and Saturday in Norfolk (opening for Warrant).  The weeks leading up to these shows Sniper informed us that a few of his Army buddies would be coming along to make the dates with us.  I was very excited and nervous.  Things can get a little wild out on the road.  Friday was the first day and we arrived in Fremont at 3 PM for load in.  I remember it being the hottest day of the summer and we were loading in on a concrete slab a few guys short.  So everyone was crabby.  We worked our asses off and just about on cue Sniper rolls up as the last case is being shut.  Jim, Dan, and Sniper walk up and we exchange pleasantries.  Dan looks at me and says "Hey, are we going to rock this joint tonight or what?"  "Absolutely" I replied.  "Where is the music?" Dan asks.  I tried to explain that we weren't up and running but before I could finish he says "You, shut the hell up and crank that shit to 11".  I knew at this moment that we were going to have a lot of fun.  The guys help unpack the guitars and took a ton of pictures.  I can only imagine what they thought of little old Fremont, NE.  Jim and I got off on the right foot as he was a huge KISS fan and had just returned from seeing Motley Crue in Vegas.  One thing you muts know about Dan is that he was wounded in combat and lost one of his legs.  When ever he is asked about the "bionic limb" he replies "Thanks for paying for it with your tax dollars and would you like to give her a spin".  The guys ended up hanging out with us while we got dressed and usually we don't allow visitors on our bus.  The show was great and I truly believe the guys had a blast.  We ended the night with "Were Not Gonna Take It", Dan and Jim joined us on stage beating the hell out of two cowbells donated by The Playboy.  Probably the thing that blew my mind the most was that they both stayed and helped us load out.  They literally packed the trailer and bus before they left.  Stand up fellas.

"Need More Cowbell Tour Diary Day 2"
After a very cozy night spent on the bus, and a nice 11 AM wake up by the bar staff we were headed to Norfolk to play The Off Road Ranch Bike Festival with our heroes Warrant.  Might I mention that we ended up watching Van Wylder the night before, one of the last three remaining movies left on our bus.  The trip to Norfolk was great.  We had frozen pizza and coffee.  Couldn't ask for more.  Little did we know that the temperature had dropped while we were sleeping and now was right around 50 degrees and holding for the whole day.  We arrived right on time but unfortunately Warrant was late which is very typical of these big shows.  So we loaded some gear and Sniper, Jim, and Dan arrived a little later.  What you have to realize about these big shows is that Warrant was the headliner so the get the first run at the stage.  When they finally arrived things weren't right with their sound guy and they delayed sound check by two hours.  Things were really tense.  No one was talking to the Warrant guys and they seemed upset.  Jim and Dan not really seeming to care wanted the guys in Warrant to sign their 82nd Airborne Flag.  Having traveled all this way they didn't even think twice about walking up on the stage and striking up a conversation with Joey Allen.  I was blown away.  Turns out a few months after this show Jim was invited back to another Warrant show in North Carolina.  Crazy how these things work out.  Warrant ended up going on early and we played after their set.  I remember it being so cold but the crowd was so into us.  We played better than I ever remember playing.  For "Were Not Gonna Take It", Jim and Dan came out and played the cowbells.  I looked over to the side of the stage and I see Jim betting the hell out of this cowbell.  Wood chips were flying everywhere.  We laughed so hard in those two days and I was so honored just to hang out with these heroes that I can now call friends.  Truth be told I was more honored to shake their hands than I was to shake the hands of Warrant.

To my new friends and all those that served.  Thank you.

Friday, Nov. 15th we are at The 21st Saloon in Omaha, NE.  Our good buddy Tuco's antique shop Benson Bazaar will be sponsoring the show as well as your favorite Glam Gore Girls.  Those wild girls will be on hand to make your blood boil and your senses run wild.  Omaha Night Life will be honoring the band with and award and we will be featured on their site as the Band of the Week.  They will be there filming the show for a video that will be featured on  Saturday, Nov. 16th we are making a return visit to Grand Island, NE.  The Full Circle Venue will be hosting us for a special one night only performance.  We can't wait to see all of our western Nebraska fans again.  Also don't forget to listen to my radio show HAIR IN THE AIR, this Saturday 8 pm to 10 pm on The Big O 101.9FM.




1 comment:

  1. Wow Spade thanks for the shout in your blog. That weekend was one of the most fun times I ever had. Not only was the musicianship superb, getting to be a fly on the wall and take in the whole scene, what all goes into a rock show, and really how much hard work goes into delivering some live rock n roll to the people. What a great time and time I will never forget and please know I am a fan, I watch your blog, and your page on FB and I am with you in spirit every time you guys play.