Jet-lag… that’s the news for this month. But it’s good news, since it reminds me I’ve been someplace interesting (and unique) and have actually returned home in one piece. Jet-lag is proof that nothing worth doing comes without a price – in this case a perpetual headache! But since I love to travel, and make music, it’s a great thing. Gonna do it again in a month when we head to Scandinavia for three shows at the beginning of August. Finland, Sweden and Norway will get the SSJ treatment in full. And I’ll get more jet-lag. Bring it on!
Just returned from the UK with Southside playing Summer blues festivals. We played two very good shows, one in Manchester and one in London for full houses of enthusiastic fans. The band just seems to be getting better and better. Really kickin’ on all cylinders and playing great as a group. South was in excellent form and was as entertaining as I’ve ever seen him. All in all, a fun experience. I met some great and er, unique people on this road trip. Never a dull moment!
So, it’s finally here. We will be playing the Stone Pony this coming Tuesday, July 3rd. In years past it’s been a celebration of Johnny and the Jersey shore scene where Southside, Bruce and Bon Jovi – among countless others – developed that thing that is uniquely the Jersey sound. Last year, there were over 3000 people for the outdoor show, partying and dancing to the joyful circus of noise that is Southside. I’m psyched to be part of this epic annual event, and am really looking forward to it. The Jukes Horns will be joined by the Harris brothers (Don and Bill) on trumpet and saxophone and SSJ alum Mark “Love-man” Pender will be with us on trumpet as well, so we’ll have a six horn powerhouse of a section to blow the walls down. It’s gonna be huge!
On July 4th, we’ll be performing a private show for the families of our servicemen and women at Fort Dix in central New Jersey. While it’s not a public event, I feel it’s worth mentioning since our armed services have paid an unusually harsh price for the decisions of our politicians these past 11 years. While I am not in support of the wars we have fought, I am 100% in support of our troops and the sacrifices they make on our behalf. If we can bring them some fun and happiness for a couple of hours by performing for them, then I say GREAT! and I’m happy to participate and show them support.
Coming up in August will be a short tour of Scandinavia, hitting Finland, Sweden and Norway for some great summer concerts. Looking forward to being in Europe again – I love Europe and the European sensibility.