The Official Blog Of The Glam Slam Big Haired Bad Boys Out Of Omaha, NE, 3D In Your Face

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

"All That is Gold Does Not Glitter. Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost." Pt. 2

Hello everyone and welcome to HAIR IN THE AIR, The Official Blog of 3D In Your Face.  I know what you are thinking.  Spade where were the live-blogging updates you promised us from last week.  Well to be honest with you, and I feel since we are all friends I can be honest, I figured out that the last thing I wanted to do on the road was write on a computer or my phone.  There is way to much living to be done on that tour bus for me to just simply sit there.  The dick jokes are flying through the air at mach 3 velocity and the guys are usually in rare form.  Not to mention I forgot to download the app, but I am right now as we speak and I will try this venture again someday soon.   As for the state of the tour, it's great.  We keep on movin' on from town to town.  Two great shows coming up this week.  First of all, Friday July 31st we will be heading the Across The Border Raid in Bedford, IA.  This is our first time playing this bike rally but trust me they say things get pretty crazy out there.  Saturday we are very excited to be making a return visit to the town that brought some polka into our Rock N Roll lives last summer.  August, 1st we will be playing the annual Elk Creek, NE Street Dance.  Last year was an amazing night of Rock N Roll and European history.  We can't wait to see all of you again on the road.  If you can't make Saturday's show don't miss my radio show Hair In The Air, Saturday night at 10 PM CST on 101.9 The Keg.

Since I promised you a little taste of life on the road I will indulge you with an experience that happened to us Saturday.  I'm not really sure where to begin it's a long story.  We finished up Friday's show in Sergeant Bluff and had the trailer packed up by 12:30  AM.  This put us in North Platte around 6:30 AM.  Quite a drive and major props to Alan and Mike for pushing the limits.  I woke up around noon Saturday and walked out of the bus.  It was pretty hot but not as bad as I expected.  The rest of the boys were already up and cracking jokes.  Sweet D and I brushed our teeth and I cracked open the trailer.  This set up would be a bit of a struggle as the stage was located in the middle of a dirt rodeo arena.  We set out some boards and started the push towards the stage.  It was hot and we all kept and eye on our water and sunscreen intake.  By about 4 PM we finished and did a quick sound check.  The Lincoln County Fair was gracious enough to supply us with showers but this meant weird band time in the locker room.  Not as bad as you'd think.  They had separate shower stalls but still pretty funny.  Walking back to the bus after the shower I made the boys stop at an inflatable water slide I had spied earlier.  When in Rome you always go down the water slide.  As I climbed the stairs I heard the attendant telling Sniper that the water was pretty dirty since most of the kids were coming over from the horse barn.  Great.  Whatever, I was already halfway up and the kids were giving me bad looks.  Bombs away.  Welcome to splash town.  Totally worth it.

by 5:30 we grabbed some chow and relaxed before our 8:30 start time.  We hit the stage to an overwhelmingly warm response.  The people in North Platte were amazing.  Then came the fire, the smoke, and the fireworks.  It was all smiles as far as I could see.  Then a reoccurring plaque struck my bass rig.  For the last few nights I thought my guitars were messing up but came to realize it was my wireless system.  I had to switch to a chord and limp the rest of the show tied down.  Lesson learned.  We had the trailer packed and ready to roll by 2:00 which put us back in Lincoln by 5:30 AM.  Not to shabby.  I opted to ride behind with Mike in the follow-along car to keep him awake.  The trip was going great until about 8 miles west of York, NE.  We were chatting away when I spotted sparks shooting out of the trailer.  Panicked I phoned Alan and he pulled over the bus.  The bearings on the trailer had gone out and started the center of the wheel on fire.  We doused out the flames and limped it to the next exit.  Our best bet was to drop the trailer and send some boys from Omaha to pick up the gear.  About 45 minutes later we were back on the road without our trailer and gear.  Very scary.  Huge thanks to Dave Shipley, Kenny Beager, Troy Way, and Mike Cloyd for saving our asses.  We made it to Lincoln by about 6:30 AM which wasn't bad all things considered.  This is where I left the rest of the convoy and made my way to an in studio radio interview with Dave Landis on 92.9 The Eagle.  By now it's Sunday and I was a little burnt.  I finally passed out around 1 PM Sunday afternoon.

Sorry this was the long and short of it.  The shows were great but the story is half the fun.  I promise I will get better at this for you and take more pictures.  You are my friends and I know all of you can't be there to experience the magic.  Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed our journey.


Sam Spade

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

“All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost.”

Hello everybody and welcome to HAIR IN THE AIR, The Official Blog of 3D In Your Face.  Wait! Wait! Wait! Hold the press.  What is this a blog two weeks in a row?  Have no fear I have got this under control.  Before we get into it, I want to thank everyone that made last week one of the best weeks on tour.  The Pizza Shoppe Collective (private party) and Shooters in Kearney were two amazing shows.  We had so much fun.  It's like things are beginning to come together towards a climax of sorts.  This week we are launching into our longest and toughest stretch of the summer.  Not that playing in a Rock N Roll band is hard.  We have a few miles to burn between shows.  Friday, July 24th we will be heading up to Sergeant Bluff, IA to play the annual street dance held in front of Eddie's Tavern.  This will be our first visit to Sergeant Bluff so expect things to be loud and raucous.  Saturday, July 25th we will be making the trip to North Platte, NE for the Lincoln County Fair.  This will be our second trip to North Platte it's been awhile since our last visit and we are looking forward to showing most of Western Nebraska how we like to party.  Keep your eyes peeled for an article in the North Platte Telegraph, and radio interviews on Z-98, and Sunny Radio.  Finally Sunday I will be doing a live show with Dave Landis on 92.9 The Eagle called Nostalgic Rock at 9 AM.

This weeks blog is going to be a bit different than you've come to expect out of me.  Usually I sit and write about two paragraphs on a topic that really matters to me.  This week I want to write about a topic that may matter more to you.  This weekend we are embarking on our longest driving trip of the year.  We are driving from Sergeant Bluff to North Platte and back for two shows.  Not that this is some amazing journey, bands travel like this all the time.  My goal for this blog is to sort of live-journal our trip.  I will be checking in from time to time with updates about what happened. what we are doing, and where we are headed.  I will begin Friday morning and take you through our travel to Sergeant Bluff, the show, the road to North Platte and back and end with my live on-air spot with Dave Landis on 92,9 The Eagle Sunday morning at 9 AM.  This is as much for me as it is for you.  I will do my best to take as many pictures as possible and I will be honest with my feelings as I update this blog.  For all of you that are following along at home please feel free to ask questions in the comment box.  Let me know what you are thinking.  Who knows maybe you might even make it into HAIR IN THE AIR.  I don't want to write to much, but expect more blog posts on Facebook and Twitter as the weekend happens.


Sam Spade

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

One Last Hurrah For Kevin and Shooters In Kearney, NE.

HELLO Rock Fans and welcome to HAIR IN THE AIR, The Official Blog of 3D In Your Face.  First of all I want to apologize for being away from the blog-sphere for the last two weeks.  The summer tour has been going so well that I haven't had to much to talk about.  I didn't want to half ass a blog for you because I know you would see right through it.  HAHA!  You are the best fans in the world.  The shows have been going so great and I can't thank each and everyone of you enough for all the love and support.  Also to the 3D In Your Face Army, you guys are my heroes in and out of the trenches and make every show feel like home.  Your smiling faces are what bring us back week after week.  Lastly thank you to our amazing road crew for all of your hard work and decication.  We love you guys and lucky girl so much and I know we never say "thank you" enough.  For the updates, I will try and be brief, we are at the halfway mark of the summer tour.  The roughest two weeks lie ahead of us.  The album is coming along great, we are sitting at about 10 or 11 songs and we are starting to look at scheduling time for recording.  This week we launch off Friday with a very special private party.  Super secret doings going on but just know it's very cool.  Saturday, July 18th we are taking the red-eye to Kearney, NE to play at Shooters for Kearney Cruise Night.  This is a huge event with thousands of hot rods, customs, and muscle cars driving all over the city.  It's already July.   Where does the time go?  Also don't miss my radio show HAIR IN THE AIR, Saturday night at 10pm CST on 101.9 The Keg.

For this weeks blog I wanted to let all of our Kearney and Western Nebraska fans know that this Saturday, July 18th will be our final performance at the bar known as Shooters.  Kevin, the owner has decided to sell the bar after 11 years and it will be changing hands this August.  We can't thank Kevin and his amazing staff enough for showing us such hospitality, for putting up with our crazy baby powder/glitter antics, and giving our fans a place to see their band.  I can name on one hand how many bar owners I actually like and get along with and Kevin is one of the good guys in this business.  He gave us a chance many moons ago and we still have some of the wildest Rock N Roll parties ever at his establishment.  I've seen enough things to write a decent size book while being at his bar.  The stories alone we will be telling for the next ten years.  Always quick with a water or a red bull, his staff never once made us feel unwelcome.  Actually quite the opposite.  Every time we walked into Shooters it was like we were old friends that hadn't seen each other in 6 months.  That's the best kind of band/bar owner relationship.  I know for many of you that haven't been to Shooters this may be very hard to relate to but for the many many of you that have been there this will hit home.  I only wish that I had gotten the chance to hang out at the bar outside of us playing a show because I believe it'd be just as amazing.

I tried to look back at the records and see when our first show at Shooters was but alas all I have is a show dating back to Nov. 2012.  My memory isn't all that it's cracked up to be but I bet there were even some shows before then.  Maybe one of you can help me out with this?  Almost 3 years of playing in the same club is nothing to scoff at.  We have always considered Kearney our "home away from home" and our Kearney fans have become apart of the family.  We've celebrated holidays in Kearney, ate thanksgiving dinners in Kearney, slept in parking lots, alleys, and next to railroad tracks in Kearney.  I can't ever remember having a bad show in this great city (except for that one time we Hot Rod started the hotel on fire.  Even then what a wild show.).  We will miss you Shooters.  Thanks for giving a bunch of long haired guys that wear to much makeup a chance.  OK OK, enough of the sappy news.  Rumor has it that the new owners will be keeping the tradition alive and will be doing live music in some fashion.  Don't throw away all hope of us ever playing in that building again.  Because of your support we were one of the top drawing bands there and baby we didn't come this far to back down without a fight.  For the mean time I want to extend an invitation to all of the 3D In Your Face Army in Kearney and the surrounding areas.  Let's show Kevin and his staff a night that they will never forget.  Let's show them why we are the loudest, hairiest, Rock N Roll band they ever brough into the Shooters doors.    Spread the word and let's fill the streets.

Always Loud
Forever Proud

Sam Spade