Hey Hey In Rockers and Welcome once again to Robby’s Lobby, a place designed especially for a dude from the Goo Goo Dolls to catch up with his friends in Japan through the pages of The Mighty In Rock! We’ve been meeting up here month after month and after all of these years it’s still great to be able to spend some time here with all of you!
I’ve been home for a couple of weeks now from the Big Night Out Tour of North America, you may remember the first portion was with openers OAR and Fitz and The Tantrums, the last night of the 2-month tour was in Guilford, New Hampshire and it was coincidentally my birthday! We had some birthday cake and got to hang at one of the coolest venues in the US which has a full vacation style backstage for the bands including a heated swimming pool, a firepit, lounge, bikes, mini golf, playground, games, oh…. and some dressing rooms as well! My wife Miyoko and my daughter Hana came to join us, my partner John’s family was out as well, it was a great show as always, but it was an extra special show with all of the families and fun that surrounded the last night. We had a great time this Summer and look forward to more extensive touring in the US, probably in 2025 as we’ll most likely be focusing on writing and international touring over the next year or so. I’ve included a shot from the Guilford show and a look at my birthday cake !
But as you may have noticed we can’t stay down for too long. So, a week after returning home we did another one-off show in Smyrna, GA to celebrate their 151st Anniversary with a concert featuring GGDS, The Wallflowers and The 10,000 Maniacs. The 10,000 Maniacs are from Jamestown which is outside of Buffalo, NY and we have crossed paths with them professionally and personally many, many times over the years. Our friend and at times producer Armand Petri has been working with 10,000 maniacs since their parting with Natalie Merchant in the late 90s and had worked with them through their time with Mary Ramsey as vocalist / viola player as well. Armand joined us at the show with the Maniac’s first show with their newest vocalist, Lea Nash from the band Sixpence None The Richer. Leah and her brother Matt are both performing with the Maniacs now and we got a chance to catch up with them after the show, I’ve included a pic with Leah, Matt, Armand and myself hanging in our trailer before the show!
A few scattered shows on the calendar for the rest of the year and then major international touring’s coming up in 2024 …. Stay tuned …..
OK, off to take my daughter to school, spend some time down at the studio and enjoy some time at home as a little bit of down time is just what we all needed. I hope you all have a great Fall and I look forward to talking to you all next week here in the pages of the almighty INROCK!