So, let's talk about Vegas. I flew to Vegas to play a private event with my boss in delivery of all things Rock n' Roll, Grace Potter. It was my second time ever visiting the city. Matter of fact, the first time I went to Vegas was to play with Grace as well. What did I expect from that city? I had no idea.
My first trip there consisted of riding in a 15 passenger van from Los Angeles through the desert to Vegas. The van was filled with band and crew dudes and we listened to Booker T. & the M. G.'s basically the whole way. It was very appropriate. The desert is kind of a spirit land for me, over the years I've found myself feeling a special vibe when I'm in the desert. Especially when I visit my Uncle Robby in Bisbee, AZ. So I was really just taking it all in and taking a lot of weird desert pictures. We arrived to Vegas and I had a suite at the Venetian to myself, and the Vegas strip... well it's not really my thing. But that first show we played there was a lot of fun, It was our first time on an actual stage as a band... and me and a few band guys won big (about $60) on a spinning wheel game afterwards - look out!
Fast forward several months and several tours later... I found myself in Vegas playing for Grace again. This time we were staying off the strip at the SLS, it was a whole different experience and way more enjoyable than being on the strip. The SLS is brand new, and kind of rock n' roll in the sense that it's dark, weird, and fun but in a very chill way. The hotel room was pretty awesome, the best thing was the mirrors framed in bright white lights. You may have seen my Instagram space series from this particular room, hence this blog's name "Planet Vegas" I was enthralled. (Side note, every once in a while my Insta feed takes a trip to space and I get really silly.)
Upon landing I had a Umami burger with Tim (bassist) and then went over to the Venetian to see my friend Amy Ryerson dance in Rock Of Ages. She is super great and the show was hilarious. I laughed the whole time.
The next day was show day, this time for me! The show we played was held in the biggest hangar tent I've ever seen. Without exaggerating it must have been a mile long:
It was the first time the band had played in about 2 weeks, so playing the show felt like we were all itching to get back to the stage again. It had this kind of raw energy that was a lot of fun to play into. Personally I was pulling out a lot of guitar moves that night, not sure what prompted that but I just remember thinking to myself "...you're moving a lot tonight bud..." It was a private event so the crowd wasn't our usual gang of folks, which definitely had something to do with my antics. We came on stage full steam ahead, so much that a business man in the audience felt compelled to throw his oxford shirt on the stage. It was a funny sight from the stage. We shared the bill that night with One Republic, and I was super impressed when they took the stage. Those dudes sound great. I remember Ryan Tedder walking past me backstage and I was just thinking to myself "DAMN, it's Ryan Tedder." Basically 60% of radio hit singles in the last decade were written and/or produced by that guy (that's an exaggeration) but probably something close to that. It was fun.
Vegas seems like one of those "anything goes" types of places. So I decided to amp up my threads a little bit with this denim vest. With frayed edges and hinting at the stars and stripes theme, this seemed appropriate for sticking a $20 in the slot machines at the SLS and seeing what happens (hey, this time I won $93!) I also wore a classic vintage CBGB shirt, hello punk rock fans. Roll those sleeves up about 3 times when wearing t-shirts, just adds a bit more character to whats happening in your outfit. And these vintage two tone leather spat boots are my babies. Those things are my favorite and you'll be seeing a lot more of them here. If you look at the first picture of this post I'm wearing shades... inside. I'm usually not an offender of that rule, but after finding a couple pairs of inside-outside shades from the 70's I decided it's okay sometimes. What makes them inside-outsides is obviously the 1970's big square frame factor and the color. But also it's all about the fade that happens on the shades themselves allows you to not have to take them off inside and not look ridiculous. The 'inside-outside' thing is for real, and it will instantly make you want to smoke a cigarette indoors and listen to Chocolate Milk. As you do in the 70's, right? I don't smoke (thanks asthma) and I wasn't around in the 70's but I have done extensive study on that time period musically and stylistically and I think it's a total blast.
Stay tuned for posts from the actual tour coming up. This time we're doing some crazy stuff like Red Rocks, Radio City Music Hall, and much more. See y'all on the road!