Ever have one of "those days?" You know ... when Murphy's Law is in full swing and just about everything that CAN go wrong DOES go wrong? Well, Orleans recently had that experience ... but managed to rise above it.
On Nov. 23rd, 2013 in Grovetown, GA (near Augusta), we played a "snake-bit" show. Oh, it started out OK, if a bit early, with a sound check at 9:30 AM. That's not really normal Rock 'n Roll work hours, but hey ... we can make it happen! The check itself went well; a fine tech crew, good gear, no problems and we finished on time at 11.
Greetings to all Orleans fans and friends around the world, and Happy Thanksgiving Day to those of us in the US.
This is traditionally a day for family and friends to get together, whether or not they do so at any other time of the year. Sometimes relationships are strained, dysfunctional, uncomfortable ... and, as adults moving into (hopefully) our wiser years, maybe some of us have gotten better at (if not mastered) the art of not only surviving the Holidays, but actually enjoying them. What a concept!
Of course, for some of us, the Holidays ARE in fact enjoyable times of reconnecting and sharing with family and friends. Nothing wrong with actually LIKING those closest to.........
Third week out, the Sail Rock Tour blows into Fortune Bay Casino in Tower, MN ... with a couple of subtractions and a nice addition!
On the road again ... well, at least on the weekends, until we hit our stride in August.
Due to schedule conflicts, both Robbie Dupree and Gary Wright could not make this show.
Instead, enter Al Stewart! (Time Passages, Year of the Cat) ...bringing with him a couple of classics, many smiles, an affable manner and some great stories ... like the time when he was 17, backstage at a Beatles show, and got to play John Lennon's guitar! bringing with him a couple of ............
Once again I need to make amends for the long silence. I guess I'm more at home doing things than talking about what it is we're doing ... and there has been PLENTY to do to get from there to here. Still, I don't mean to cut you out ... so let me try to catch you up.
Sail Rock Tour in full swing for summer 2013!
After seemingly endless preparations and coordinations between artists, managers, crew technicians, airlines, hotels and rental car companies, the Sail Rock 2013 tour finally left harbor on June 12th with a pared-down show roster at the San Diego Fairgrounds Racetrack in Del Mar, CA. Being as it was essentially home turf for .........
Once again, the Thing That Wouldn't DIe ... The Phoenix ... rises from the ashes to take flight again.
Dear friends and fans,
First let me apologize for my months of silence. It was a necessary respite in a time of pervasive uncertainties, both for me personally and for Orleans as a band. But now there is much to report, thankfully, and I wish to get on with it. But where to start?
Let's start with what's happening NOW, for those who have limited time to read here, and then I'll continune soon with how we got here, for those who have more time to spend and the interest to spend it.