Hello everyone! As we head into May, I thought it was HIGH time that I gave you the real and true scoop on the new ENDLESS cover reveal. If you follow me on social media, you have seen some of the AMAZING behind the scenes footage and today is the day where I’m starting to slowly unveil the stupendous new shots of Ty and Zoey, aka Brandon Katz and his wife Tara Salerno.
I’ve also updated some of the “extra” stuff in the book itself, if you already own ENDLESS digitally, it will update automatically. I will also have a ton of giveaways on social media of what will soon be the “vintage” paperback version of ENDLESS.
To say I’m excited about the new cover is an understatement.
There are only a select few who have seen the final product, and everyone is blown away. I hope you are too.
It’s been a while since I’ve given you some blind items, and thought today is the day! I love to share stories from my days as a rock promoter and band manager, today I will share a couple of “blinds” from my time booking a big music venue in Seattle during the 90’s.
I rarely get starstruck anymore, but that wasn’t always the case. When I was in college, one of my favorite bands was a very alternative band that derived from a huge alternative band from the 80’s and a couple of satellite bands. Two of the band members recently toured with the daughter of the drummer filling in for the original base player. Of course, I see all of these iterations any time I can. I digress. The BI is the guitar player for this band had a solo show at my club, and I was not only smitten but starstruck. I saw the tour bus pull up in the parking lot, and knew that they were loading in. I peered out my office window, and THERE HE WAS. In all of his spiky-haired, black-eyeliner-wearing glory. Five feet in front of me separated by a door. My heart was beating super fast. I didn’t make an appearance until after sound check (which I watched from my giant picture window in the office). I went to our “green room” (which was really just a big closet) and introduced myself and said something along the lines of “Hi, I’m so excited for you to play here, your band is one of the reasons why I am in music today, and I love everything you have ever released.” He got a tear in his eye. Maybe he needed to hear that or something. But he hugged me and thanked me and it was one more reminder that our rock gods are really mortal, and they are creative souls who have the same insecurities as the rest of us. Guess who!
My job at the club was to book bands and promote the shows so we had huge crowds – it was a big venue, and a lot of the money venues make are from sales of booze. In our case, we were only beer and wine, so the margins were even smaller. Sure, there is a cover charge and all, but you still have to pay taxes on the admissions, pay a sound person to be there, set up and run sound, and cover the costs of all of the staff that are working. Anyway, there was this band who was a big hit with the college fraternity circuit. I really liked all of the band members, and the drummer of the band actually was a member of the first band I ever managed. They really wanted to play my venue, but I was worried that the college crowd (largely underage) wouldn’t translate to a bar crowd (over 21) and we’d lose money. So I came up with what I thought was a genius solution: play a $5 show on a Tuesday or Wednesday night, and if you can get us to half capacity, I can maybe book you as a co-headliner on the weekend. They agreed and BOY did they prove me wrong. We had a line around the block and the show sold out nearly immediately after doors opened. That band went on to have several national hits, and although wasn’t in the first “wave” of the Seattle music explosion of the 90’s, is often lumped in with the entire movement – rightfully! Guess who!
That’s all for now – I would LOVE for you to go and follow me on Instagram. I’m almost at 1000 followers, and if we can get my followers to over 1000 by the time of the ENDLESS cover reveal – I will be doing a super fun giveaway!
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