December 3rd 2012 Los Angeles, California
After 9 months on the road pretty much straight (someone in our entourage did the math and deduced that we had a combine 3 weeks, in a day or two here and there, at home during those 9 months) I sit here feeling, well, depressed.
It’s funny how you see that light at the end of the tunnel just bearing down upon you and you welcome it. You try to ignore it knowing that you are a warrior and war is what you do. What is a soldier to do if you take him from the battlefield?
Admittedly I was more than ready for a breather. I have never been one to practice pacing. It is my belief that I don’t want to ease into the end like a warm bath. I want to crawl there, broken and beaten knowing that I gave everything I had.
I did. 2012 got everything I had. Every time zone imaginable, every corner of the planet, every language under the sun.
Now I’m broken and beaten and crawling yet rather than feeling comforted by a welcome and well deserved rest I feel like there is still war to be waged. There’s still a little fight left in these bones yet. Not a lot but there’s some. Another few weeks worth. Unfortunately, I think if I tried pounding out another couple of weeks I wouldn’t be getting back up again. It’s time for couch and TV and food and quiet and solitude. By February 2013 I will be back at 100%. God help you then, Planet Earth.
Today we start the 10 day countdown for the pre-order campaign through Pledge Music.
I suppose I shouldn’t be feeling too bad about a break considering It is the day after the tour ended and I’m onto the next chapter already.
I had every intention of recording an acoustic cd as a thank you to all the people who have followed me all these years and also to all the new friends I’ve made these in recent years around the world.
People ask, ‘Why an acoustic cd?’ and I answer because I think it’s the most intimate thing I could offer. After all these years I feel if I’m going to put my name on something it’s going to be something from the heart to the people I care about.
The entire project was elevated by my time with Ginger Wildheart and his amazing manager, Gav McCaughey. Through them I was turned on to a whole other way to make records. All I wanna do is make music and get it to the people who want it. People say the record industry is dead and I say that’s partly true. I still believe there are a great many music lovers that find great joy in discovering new music. I just think that market place has become much more selective. We cannot rely on the casual music person to carry us. We are a community made up of die hards and lifers. I, myself, am a lifer. This has never been a casual affair for me. Music is everything. Sure I love Boardwalk Empire and Tarantino movies but ahead of it all is The Ramones, KISS, Cheap Trick, the New York Dolls and on and on and on. And it will always be this way until I crawl, broken and beaten to my eventual end.
There is a network of us all over the world from Australia to Japan to Europe to North and South America and onward that feel the way I do and nothing has lit a fire in me like Pledge Music has.
Music is alive and well. It has only morphed into something new. Something different. And me and my friends around the planet find great pleasure in seeking it out.
While the rest of the word has turned their attentions to the likes of the Kardashians we have made Ginger’s 555% one of the truly great stories in modern music. Music may be disposable entertainment to some but for the rest of us it is our lifeblood.
Ok. I’ll get off my soapbox now. Through the campaign I released a rare track as a free gift to those who’ve been following lo these many years, The song is called Little Grace and though I think a lot of people believe it to be from the forthcoming album, Hello Cruel World, it is not. Little Grace is a 10 year old demo that my brother’s and I worked up prior to the Static In Stereo sessions. I wrote a gazillion songs around this period and many of them are frozen in stasis seemingly never to be heard from again. When the Pledge Music people asked if I had anything I wanted to offer as a gift I went trolling through my past and came back with this dark little gem.
I’m overwhelmed by the attention the campaign has received and bowled over by all the positivity for a song that was for all intents and purposes forgotten altogether.
Hello Cruel World will begin it’s creation of the next few months. I will be predominantly the main offender but there will be a guest or two throughout. Though I refer to it as an acoustic record there will be other instrumentation throughout. I am constantly writing and have albums and albums worth of material but rather than give you quantity I am leaning towards quality. Always.
I’m extremely excited for this project and I hope you get as much out of listening to it as I will making it.
Check it out-
10 days from now, on December 13th we will be unleashing Hell! The campaign will explode and you will be able to pre-order any number of things. You are the record company now. Your money will make Hello Cruel World plus the accompanying EP, Near Life Experience. The EP is an added gift to my friends who’ve been with me from the beginning. I’m going to redo some of my old songs acoustically as I’ve always been asked to release the versions I do at acoustic shows. That’s going to be a lot of fun.
Anyway, it’s a big day. The tour is over but the acoustic CD is starting its birth. On top of all that I will be back with my Sin City Sinners on the 14th of December. It has been so long. I’ve been playing bass so much this year that it’s going to be refreshing brushing off ol’ Jonesy, my ’82 Les Paul Custom that has been with me since the beginning. Come on out-The Railhead in Boulder Station Casino on December 14th. Gonna be a blast.
I owe everyone a blog of the South American tour and I promise you it is on it’s way! I was so diligent in Europe getting blogs in when I had a day off here and there but the only blog from the South American tour I did was from Mexico where I sat in scalding Jalapeno juice trying to enjoy a James Bond movie. That experience in no way defines our experience south of the border. Let me just say that it is no secret that the audiences in South America are some of the best in the world. Perhaps THEE best in the world.
They show up in droves at the airport to welcome you. They hang out at the hotel waiting to say HI! They sing every note and every word. Literally every note. They sing the guitar riffs and instrumental bits. It is awe inspiring.
I promise to have the South American blog up within the week. It was important to say a little note of appreciation to everyone for such an amazing tour which ended last night in Los Angeles.
It was an amazing night at the Wiltern Theater where your humble narrator may have been feeling those 9 months on his back before the show but was lifted by the opening chords of Halo to new heights previously unimagined.
Mike Judge, who happens to be one of my favorite creators was filling me full of praise and I was like, ‘hold on a second! You’re Mike Judge.’ He’s the creator of Beavis And Butthead, King Of The Hill and writer/director of an amazing piece of work called Office Space. We had a great chat. I’m such a fan I have the red Swingline stapler. For the uninitiated that doesn’t mean a damned thing but those in the know can appreciate that.
In the film the props department painted the stapler red to stand out in scenes. When the show became a cult hit Swingline started getting orders for red staplers which simply didn’t exist. They have since started releasing ‘collector’s item’ red staplers. I have one. Yes, I’m crazy but it came in handy when getting a chance meeting with the film’s creator.
Charlie Sheen was in full effect! Charlie’s mythos is bigger than he is these days but I hold him in high regard as a very gifted actor in pieces like Oliver Stone’s Platoon and Wall Street. Both amazing films. Charlie was full of love and brimming with positivity. Rock and/or Roll will do that to ya!
Our producer, Eric Valentine, who you may remember from all those blogs while making Apocalyptic Love came with his lovely, better half, Dana. My bro, Trevor Whatever from the making of Apocalyptic Love was present. One of my favorite people in the world. We hope to reassemble this incredibly successful team in late 2013 for another go around the sun. Eric Valentine is an unbelievable talent. Just truly gifted.
Getting to reunite with good friends was really nice. It was the perfect way to end the tour.
Now I’m here in Los Angeles talking about seeing Aerosmith and Cheap Trick at Staples Center tonight. We saw Rick Neilsen at the hotel yesterday. He is always such a character. It will never not be weird to me that people like Rick are just part of our casual social circle now. Life is so weird.
It’s my birthday in 2 days and I have to say how thankful I am to reach another year on this planet being so blessed to be doing what I was born to do. Getting to do it for people that are simply the greatest. As I said I will be doing this until they drag me screaming from the stage. Which they will never do so I guess I’ll be doing it forever. I plan to be still doing this when you all turn old. You’ll be like, ‘he’s still going?’ There’s no grace in Rock and Roll. I will be doing this long after it’s become unfashionable. Long after I have become an embarrassing mess. Luckily I’ll be completely out of my mind and won’t know any better. I hope you enjoy my train wreck.
Thank you for another amazing year on this planet. I plan to share all the ones I have left with you.
See you on the 14th in Vegas.
Go to Pledgemusic and join me on the Hello Cruel World adventure. It’s gonna be a blast.
Your loyal and humble servant,