Hey everybody! Welcome to our Tour Blog. All of us in The Good Ones are super-excited to share stories from the road with you guys. And it probably helps to start by telling you about the tour itself!
So for bands, making an album is pretty great. But even more great is playing the music for kids all around our city, Bricktown, and even all around the country. Every gig is unique, and every night we’re making a new “album”—a collection of songs and memories that’ll never happen the exact same way again—in a new city with a new group of friends and fans. When people tell us they really like hearing these songs, it still blows our minds, every single time. Bullfrog says, “Man, that’s humblin’.” And it is. Humblin’.
Before now, we’d never gone “on tour” before. On Tour!!!! Didn’t even know where to start. There are booking agents, clubs, venues, promoters, media, all of these folks. Some of ‘em really love music, too. (We like them the best.) But…where do you start?
For us, as usual, we kinda just want to do what our heroes did. That’s always square one.
We were thinking about this article we read in Rock Happens about The Daydream Believers, one of our all-time favorite bands. They were playing in a city called Austin, in Texas, at a place called The Brisko. The interview took place after soundcheck and they were all eating brisket sandwiches and drinking lemonade. Yeah, it’s a rock club / BBQ joint. Which, you know, sounds like a dream. So we made it our mission to play The Brisko.
Same with The Other Capital in Minneapolis.
Little Queenie’s in Toronto.
And, Sticks-n-Stones in Worcester, MA. All of our heroes played there.
So that’s how we’re going to book our tour.
We just wanna walk where they walked, and play where they played.
Heroes. We’ve all got ‘em. They change over the years, and so will we—people always do. As you move on to new heroes, never forget the special qualities from the previous ones. Carry ‘em with you always, and learn from every one.
In your imagination, wonder what would happen if all those heroes of yours were in a band together, doing their special things all at once. It doesn’t even matter if one is a major league baseball player, one is your uncle, one is a character from a comic book and another from a video game. Hear that sound they make together? That sound will keep you inspired for a very long time.
Someday, and probably before you ever realize it, you’re gonna be a hero too.
PS Hey everyone: click here to download the image above as a coloring book page!