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Friday, May 07, 2010

Pictures from the Road: Philly to Omaha

A lot has happen since my last post: too much, actually. I feel overwhelmed by current events, from the bombing scares in Time Square and horrible oil spills in the Gulf to the ridiculous immigration laws in Arizona and devastating flooding of Nashville; also, I'm having to balance my family life while on the road. Welcome to my world.

After D.C., we found out that Charlotte was cancelled, which turned out to be a blessing for me because I got to go home early to Miami, spending one more day with my family, who I only see once on this tour of six weeks. By the way, the cancelled shows will be made up, and I'm sorry it had to happen.

We played Miami Beach, which was wonderful, and then went on to play memorable shows in Orlando, Atlanta, and Memphis (Limp Bizkit stole of the festival - yes, it's a guilty pleasure). Then, as soon as we got out of Memphis the rain started to come down hard, and as we made our way back to the east coast, the unbelievable news of Nashville (my home for three years) flooding took me by surprise. Many of our crew and other friends were affected adversely by this devastating event; not too mention, I think I've lost my 1950s upright Kay bass in the flood. Most likely, my blonde baby that was used to record "Obsolete" and other songs is in pieces now. I will soon be receiving pictures of the damage. Many of you have seen the picture of the MM van underwater. But all of this "gear and vehicle loss" seems trite in comparison with other stories I've heard. I'm confident that Nashville will recover speedily, and I will do all I can to help in the process. If you are able to help, donate to a reliable charity, such as nashvilleredcross.org.

In all this bombardment of news and trying to process it all in the meanwhile, we made our way to NJ to Bamboozle, then back to St. Louis and on to Omaha. All in between, things have been moving along well; plus, every now and then, I remember I have a camera on my phone, and I decide to take some mediocre pictures.

Chinatown: Philly

Time Square: April 21, 2010.

King Tut Exhibit in Time Square.

Hurry up and wait, and by the way, try to stay out of trouble, maybe by writing some music.


Alaythea said...

I am shocked by this thing in Nashville too...it seems so unreal. I'm sorry to hear about your bass - that's gotta suck. We almost bought tickets to the Charlotte show last minute but decided we really couldn't work it out and I'm glad we didn't now. We'll be eagerly awaiting your return to Charlotte again - I'm glad you got to spend some time with your family. My hubby traveled for a little while with a band and just having him gone for a week was really hard, I can't imagine months at a time!

tyler Glenn said...

Hey Roy
Ive been enjoying your blog posts. I find it remarkable you're able to play every night with all that's going on in your life. I appreciate your outlook and attitude, its a great perspective. Thanks to you and your band for being on this tour, its an inspiration dawg.

Tyler from neon trees

Melanie said...

Oh no! So sorry about your bass. I do know things could be worse, but still hard to lose something so beloved.

I'll be seeing you shortly. I was hoping to be to the venue early, but husband had to go in to work, so I'm babysitting my granddaughter. Glad you were able to see your family a bit. :)

Jessica said...

Oh man, your Kay was like the 5th member of MM... so sorry to hear that. My husband & I stayed in downtown Nashville earlier this year and it's been hard to watch all these places we fell in love with fall apart.

Vintage cab used on MM debut (two 15" Jensen speakers).