Alt-rock at the Hard Rock

Day 22: Chicago

Welcome back to the Hard Rock Cafe Chicago!!! Last night was our 3rd time in Chicago, and the 2nd time playing at the Hard Rock there. The first time was was a few years ago shortly after Root joined the band. It was actually on the first tour I went on with Man on Earth, on our first run to sxsw. So much has changed since then! We have a new drummer, our own tour bus, Things They’d never Believe is released with a follow up record coming very soon, bigger tours, international fans…. I’ve moved up from Merch dude, to Tour Manager, and now lighting director….. And the changes keep happening on the daily. Every show on every tour is a learning experience, and the band that wants to be successful is a band that views them as such. If after a show a bands focus is on celebrating a good show or diluting the feelings of a crappy show with copious amounts booze, the odds are that 15 years from now they’re going to be working as Walmart door greeters or fast food lackeys instead of living a reality that consists of doing what they want to do with their lives. The question each band member needs to ask themselves after each show is, ‘What did I learn tonight?’ Asking that allows each member to grow in a positive manner, without becoming ego maniacs.
The lessons that we have learned since our first foray into Chicago have been life changing on many levels, physically, mentally and even emotionally. Being on the road together so much, and having an attitude and desire to learn to better ourselves has created a brotherhood among us that didn’t exist 2 and a half years ago.

Tonight’s show was great. There was a decent crowd, many familiar faces, many new ones. Last night’s Invade Our Bus Tweet-n-Greet winners were nothing short of amazing! They were two friends, who found us on twitter. They got their moms to drive them an hour to see us, and they knew all the words to the songs. Chicago proves over and over again to be a great addition to our tour schedule. Can’t wait to come back again!