- RECONNECTING WITH FRIENDS
- Those who catch me on FB here and there may have noticed a post of Audrey and I doing merch again for Burton Cummings. One of the great Winnipeg musicians, made famous of course by The Guess Who but who has since had amazing success and longevity as a solo artist. Burton has a legion of fans who travel to his shows wherever he performs, and it's fun to do his merch table every time he's in Las Vegas.
- In fact, there's a great contingent of Canadian artists living in Las Vegas and it's great to reconnect with some of these guys. I haven't hung out with Brent Fitz for a long time but it was nice to catch up with him after 2 of the Burton shows. He did several drum tracks on the STARLAND album but has since been performing with fellow canuck Todd Kerns (Age of Electric) in SLASH with Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators for the last 6 years. Geoff, an old friend from way back who used to DJ at the now defunct ZOO rock bar in Winnipeg, is also now in Las Vegas. A man of many skills (including Realtor, he found us our house), his true talent is being the nucleus of connectivity for not just us Canadians down here, but for everyone that makes up a really cool Las Vegas scene. Thanks Geoff for welcoming me into the fold!
WHAT'S THE PLAN
- As I work on this new site and fill it will all kinds of goodies, I'm also working on the next musical chapter.
Moving to another country is like starting from scratch, almost. My first year in Las Vegas was dedicated to working our triple-tribute showcase, tributes to Blondie, Cyndi Lauper and the Ramones. Since we had our own guys and we were constantly rehearsing and making our own in-roads, there wasn't a need, nor time, to venture too far out into the Vegas community to mingle and figure out who's who.
The members of the triple-tribute have returned to Canada and although I am still on the lookout to reassemble the trio with local Las Vegans, I'm now finding the time to reach out and make connections in the local rock scene. It really is like starting from scratch but at least there is a scene and there's definitely some cool players.
I'm not sure exactly what's next but I do know it's time to start creating something. A CD, a live band, one song at a time... I'm not sure. A lot of the old L.A. rock scene has moved here so now it's time to dig in and figure out
STARLAND, WHERE'S THE FOLLOW-UP?
STARLAND, where's the follow-up? All I can say is... I certainly intended there to be one. I planned to write new material and make another album.
The reception for STARLAND was fantastic. Reviews were great, played some very cool shows in Canada and the US, toured a little with some of my best friends playing in the band.
The reality of the 'new' music business online became very clear about six months after the release. Sales were ok, but they didn't match the amount of feedback, reviews and hype we were getting. I was wondering how the word was spreading like it was when the sales didn't seem to match.
Think back to 2008. Even the family dog seemed to be 'finding' music online and expanding their MP3 catalogs. Well, in the first six months of it's release I discovered STARLAND was 'found' in it's entirety over 12,000 times. I'm a believer that it's important to get the music out there. I gave away 100 cd's at the release concert and the same at each Cruefest show in Hollywood. What troubled me is that I saw the album was popular, I wanted to make a follow-up, but the 'actual' sales were not going to support a follow-up. I wont' get into a big thing about the 'right' or 'wrong' of downloading music, but I'll put it this way. Producing a high-quality album, costs a LOT of money. There has not been a follow-up, yet, because the money simply wasn't there. If the people who 'found' STARLAND had paid even $1 for the entire album, I would have made another album. I have to admit, it's hard to wrap your head around people taking something that cost you so much.
The music business has gone through a lot of change since STARLAND was released. 'Downloading' was out of control and the music business was scrambling. Now things have settled down but things have changed. The 'full-length' album is rare and the 'single' is the key. Artists now are finding super success with the release of one song. Crazy, but cool at the same time. And what happened to 'rock' music? Where are the 'rock' bands? The last 'rock' band to win the AMA's was Daughtry in 2008. Yeah... exactly!
So... yes things have changed... but I haven't. I wear leather pants, use Marshall amps, blow fire out of my guitar and play rock n' roll.
I think it's time for a little more ROCK in this world.